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CINNABUNS

GBP_9624WHAT YOU NEED:

For the dough:
500 g cake flour
1 tot sugar
1 packet (10 g) instant yeast
Pinch of salt
1 cup lukewarm water

For the filling:
1/2 cup tots soft Butter
2 tots Cinnamon
2 tots Soft brown sugar
1/2 cup pecan nuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup raisins
2 tots honey

For the sauce
:
1 tub (250 g) cream cheese
1/2 cup milk (depending on how you like the sauce to be)
1 cup icing sugar


What to do:

  1. Mix the flour, sugar and yeast together. Pour the lukewarm water over the flour and start to knead the mixture until you have a soft elastic ball of dough.
  2. Place the dough in a warm place and let it rise to double the size.
  3. Dust a clean surface with flour and knock down the dough for the 2nd time. Use your rolling pin or any heavy object and roll out the dough into a big rectangle.
  4. Spread the butter over the dough, followed the cinnamon, sugar, nuts, raisins and finally drizzling some honey all over.
  5. Use your hands and neatly roll op the rectangle, making sure to keep all the stuffing inside.
  6. Cut the long log into smaller rounds, and place into your potjie that has been prepared with butter,oil or non stick spray.
  7. Bake on the fire o medium hear with coals at the bottom and on top for about 30 – 40 minutes. until cooked inside.
  8. Mix all the ingredients together for the sauce , and drip over the cinnabns.

ITALIAN BRAAI BRUCHETTA

GBP_9669Serve this Italian inspired meal as a snack before you start to braai your main course. This recipe is super easy, but looks very impressive. Friends and family will all be impressed and asking you for the recipe.

WHAT YOU NEED:

For the olive oil spread:
4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped roughly
Few sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tots Olive oil

For the tomato salad
500g cherry tomatoes chopped roughly
1 tot Olive oil
1 tot Balsamic vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bunch of fresh basil

For the tomato skewers:
500 g tomatoes
Skewers

French Baguette bread
2 wheels (200 g) feta cheese

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Place the garlic, thyme and salt into you mortar and use the pestle to make a smooth paste. Add the olive oil and mix well. I you don’t have a mortar and pestle, chop everything together as finely as possible and add to the olive oil.
  2. Spread the bread slices with garlic olive oil and lightly toast the bread slices on a grid over hot coals with the oiled side down.
  3. Place the mixed tomatoes on the skewers and braai over hot coals until roasted and charred.
  4. Make the tomato salad by chopping up the tomatoes, seasoning with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Build your braai bruchetta’s by starting with the toasted bread, top with tomato salad, feta cheese en the roasted tomatoes

 

MACARONI AND CHEESE POTJIE

Macaroni and cheese

People refer to certain meals as ‘comfort food’, which is strange because I find eating most foods comforting. Nonetheless, some foods are more comforting than others, with a macaroni and cheese potjie right up there. You can either serve this as a main course, or as a very impressive side dish to braaied meat like steak, lamb or chicken. If you’re serving it as a side to meat, add a crisp green salad to complete the meal.

WHAT YOU NEED (serves 8 as a side dish or 4 as a main course)
500 g macaroni pasta
water and salt (to boil the pasta)
a bit of olive oil
2 tots butter
2 tots cake flour
1 litre milk (4 cups)
400 g mature Cheddar cheese (grated)
1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
a little bit of ground nutmeg (optional)

WHAT TO DO
1. In a big enough potjie over a hot fire, bring 5 litres of water with about half a tot of salt to boiling point. Add all of the macaroni to the bubbling water and cook for exactly 7 minutes. The noodles will still be slightly undercooked, but they will continue cooking later when baking in the sauce. Drain off all water immediately and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to prevent the macaroni from sticking together.
2. Return the empty potjie to the fire (not too hot), then add butter and wait until it melts. Add the flour and stir for about 1 minute.
3. Now add the milk bit by bit, stirring continuously. You will notice how the butter and flour mixture first grows and absorbs all the milk you add, and how this thick paste then starts turning into a sauce as you add more and more milk. If you add the milk too quickly, lumps will form. If at any time you notice lumps forming, first stir them vigorously into the rest of the mixture before adding more milk.
4. When all the milk is in, bring the sauce to a slow simmer and add the cheese, mustard, salt and pepper (and nutmeg), and stir well.
5. Now add the cooked macaroni to the sauce, stir to coat the pasta well, then remove the potjie from the fire and cover with a lid until serving time. As the pot will keep its heat for a few minutes, you will be able to quickly braai some steak over very hot coals in this time. Just before serving the pasta, give it another quick toss.
6. If you have cheese left over, sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the meal in the potjie, close the lid and let the cheese melt by placing some coals on top of the lid.

AND …
For bonus points, you can braai strips of bacon on a grid over the coals (yes, this is possible) or in a pan. Chop them up when they are nice and crispy and mix into the potjie with the pasta during step 5.
The quality and taste of the cheese used will influence the end product. For a recipe like this, I would suggest using Cheddar that was aged for at least 3 months. Using more mature Cheddar or even a variety of mature cheeses like Cheddar, Parmesan, Pecorino, Gruyere and blue cheese will increase the depth of flavour.

Mielie pap chips

Mielie pap chipsMaize meal is super versatile and you can transform your ordinary pap into this amazing snack or starter for your guests at your next braai.

WHAT YOU NEED:
3 cups water
1 cup maize meal
1 teaspoon salt
1 tot butter
Black pepper
Few sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup cheese, grated
For the Sauce:
1 cup french style mayonnaise
1 tot paprika
1 teaspoon chili flakes

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Stir the maize meal and water together in a pot to mix well. Add the salt and let it simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes until cooked.
  2. Add the butter, black pepper, thyme and cheese and mix well into the cooked pap
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray or olive oil and place the cooked pap mixture into the baking sheet. Press it down firmly and evenly with the back of a spoon or your recently washed hands, to cover the pan. Leave to set for about 20 -30 minutes.
  4. Once the pap in the baking sheet has set, tip it over onto a surface and slice into strips.
  5. Place the pap strips onto your closed hinged grid and braai over warm coals until golden, crispy and brown.
  6. Mix all the ingredients together for the sauce and serve with the pap chips

CURRIED SWEET POTATO AND CARROT SOUP

Sweet potato&Curry soupA potjie and a fire do a great job when it comes to cooking soup. This fail-safe recipe results in a soup that works very well as an impressive starter to a three-course braaied meal. The special piece of equipment I have to make this recipe particularly successful is a cordless stick blender. Once all the contents of the potjie are cooked, you use the blender to transform the lumps into a smooth soup right there on the fire. Alternatively, just use a traditional potato masher for a soup with a slightly different texture but equally great taste.

WHAT YOU NEED (feeds 8)

  • 2 tots olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 tot ginger (piece of about 5 cm, freshly grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 tot medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into blocks)
  • 4 large carrots (peeled and cut into chunks)
  • 2 cups good-quality chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 1 tot fresh coriander (chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tub sour cream (or crème fraîche)

WHAT TO DO
1. Heat the oil in a potjie on the fire and fry the onion for 4 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and fry for another minute.
2. Add all the spices and fry for about 1 minute until it starts smelling amazing.
3. Now stir in the sweet potato and carrot, making sure everything is mixed well with the spices.
4. Add the stock and water, bring to a gentle boil, and close the lid of the potjie. Simmer for about 45 minutes until everything is cooked and completely soft. You can check up on the potjie now and then just to make sure it’s not running dry but this is very unlikely. As usual, if it does happen, add more water.
5. Once everything is cooked through and soft, remove the lid and use your stick blender or masher to transform the contents of the potjie into a soup of uniform consistency. If the soup is too thick, add some water.
6. Stir in the lemon juice and coriander. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
7. Dish up with a big dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche in each bowl and serve with fresh bread toasted on the fire.

BENCHMARK MAlVA PUDDING IN A POTJIE

Malva puddingSome time in the late 1970s food guru Michael Olivier, who was responsible for the Boschendal Restaurant, asked his friend Maggie Pepler to come and teach them how to make the original malva pudding. Ever since, it’s been a permanent fixture on their buffet menu. My malva pudding recipe is based on that original recipe and is published with Michael’s blessing. The single biggest adjustment from the original recipe is that I bake the pudding in a no. 10 flat-bottomed baking potjie on the fire, and not in a conventional oven.

WHAT YOU NEED (serves 6)

For the batter:
1 cup flour
½ tot bicarbonate of soda
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tot apricot jam
1 tot vinegar
1 tot melted butter
1 cup milk

For the sauce:
½ cup cream
½ cup milk
1 cup sugar
½ cup hot water
½ cup butter

WHAT TO DO
1. Light the fire. You need fewer coals than when braaing steak, but you’ll need a steady supply of coals once the pudding is baking. Now use butter to grease your no. 10 flatbottomed baking potjie. You can see a picture of this kind of potjie on page13.
2. Sift the flour and the bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and stir in the sugar (you don’t need to sift the sugar).
3. In another mixing bowl, whisk the egg very well. Now add the jam, vinegar, butter and milk, whisking well after adding each ingredient.
4. Add the wet ingredients of step 3 to the dry ingredients of step 2 and mix well.
5. Pour the batter into the potjie, put on the lid and bake for 50 minutes by placing some coals underneath the potjie and some coals on top of the lid. Don’t add too much heat, as burning is a big danger. There is no particular risk in having too little heat and taking up to 1 hour to get the baking done, so rather go too slow than too fast. During this time, you can add a few fresh hot coals to the bottom and top of the potjie whenever you feel the pudding is losing steam.
6. When the pudding has been baking for about 40 minutes (about 10 minutes before it’s done), heat all the sauce ingredients in a small potjie over medium coals. Keep stirring to ensure that the butter is melted and the sugar is completely dissolved, but don’t let it boil. If you want a (slightly) less sweet pudding, use half a cup of sugar and a full cup of hot water for the sauce, instead of the other way round as per the ingredients list.
7. After about 50 minutes of baking, insert a skewer into the middle of the pudding to test whether it’s done. If the skewer comes out clean, it’s ready.
8. Take the pudding off the fire and pour the sauce evenly over it. Believe me, it will absorb all the sauce – you just need to leave it standing for a few minutes. Serve the malva pudding warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, a dollop of fresh cream or a puddle of vanilla custard. A good way to keep it hot is to put it near the fire, but not too close – after doing everything right, we don’t want it to burn now.
AND …
In the original recipe, the tot measures of apricot jam, butter and vinegar as well as the half tot of
bicarbonate of soda are all given as 1 tablespoon each. These minor changes won’t affect the outcome of the dessert but for the sake of accurately recording history, I think it’s important that we note it.

BRAAIED GARLIC AND CREAM MUSHROOMS

creamy-garlic-mushrooms-on-toastI’m a big fan of mushrooms, onions, garlic and cream as individuals. Together they create an exquisite taste, or as Aristotle used to say, ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. It’s a nice starter or side dish and is also known to be very popular around the late-night ‘atmosfire’, as a second braai of the evening.

WHAT YOU NEED (serves 4–6 as a snack)

  • 2 tots butter
  • 1 tot olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed or chopped)
  • 500 g whole mushrooms (brown, button or any mixture of these or others sold commercially for culinary consumption)
  • 1 sprig thyme (stalk removed)
  • 1 tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup cream (250 ml tub)
  • slices of bread (toasted on the fire – to serve)
  • 1 tot finely chopped parsley (optional – to serve)

WHAT TO DO

  1. Heat the oil and butter in a potjie or flameproof pan over a hot fire, add the chopped onion and fry until they become very soft and begin to turn light brown on the edges. Depending on your heat, this will take about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, mushrooms and thyme, then fry until the mushrooms soften and start to brown (your pan needs to be very hot so don’t be shy about having a few flames under it). Initially, the mushrooms might struggle to fit into the pan, but they will shrink as they cook.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, then pour over the cream and bring to the boil. Simmer the cream for a few minutes, stirring often, until it reduces and forms a thick sauce (it’ll darken slightly and turn a shade of grey, like the mushrooms). Timing is pretty important. You need to remove the potjie or pan from the fire when the sauce is thick, but before it has reduced too much and all the sauce is gone. If you don’t have time to reduce the whole cup of cream, just use half a cup, but be aware that the meal won’t taste quite as awesome.
  4. Use a large spoon to scoop the creamy mushrooms onto the toasted bread and serve immediately, topped with finely chopped parsley.

AND …

The quality of bread used has a direct impact on the end result and your enjoyment of the meal. These days we have a wide variety of great breads available in South Africa and, compared with meat, special breads are relatively cheap so buy the best available. When you walk into an artisan bakery and you feel a bit unsure of yourself, just ask for a sourdough bread. When serving braaied food with a slice of bread, you want to butter the bread on one side and toast it over medium coals for the final few minutes of your braai until golden brown. The idea is to have it ready with the rest of the meal. For any braaied meal that I suggest you serve with bread, you get bonus points if you serve it with freshly braaied roosterkoek.

Braaied Tomato Soup

Jan Braai Tomato SoupYour serve your Braaied Tomato Soup with a Three Cheese Braaibroodjie.

What you need for the soup:

  • 3 tots olive oil
  • 2 red onions, chopped roughly
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled. (no need to chop)
  • 1kg of tomatoes , halved or quartered (you can use different types tomatoes for colours and extra taste)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 250 ml white wine
  • 250 ml good quality chicken stock
  • 2 tots balsamic vinegar
  • Few sprigs of fresh herbs like basil, oregano and parsley

What you need for the 3 cheese braaibroodjie:

  • Sliced white bread
  • Butter
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Grated parmesan/pecorino cheese

Make the soup:

  1. Place the olive oil, onion, garlic and tomatoes in your potjie or fire proof pan and season with salt and pepper. Place the pan onto the fire on very high heat and let the tomatoes start to cook and roast.
  2. As soon as the ingredients start to stick to the bottom of the pan add the white wine, stock and balsamic vinegar. Let this simmer for a few minutes and remove from the heat.
  3. Add your fresh herbs, and blend the soup with a blender or hand mixer until smooth. Taste the soup and season with extra salt, pepper and a little bit of sugar if needed.

Make the cheese braaibroodjie:

  1. Spread butter on the outside of the sliced bread and place a mixture of all three cheeses on the bread.
  2. Braai the braaibroodjies in a closed hinged grid over medium hot coals.
  3. Remember, a braaibroodjie is a draaibroodjie, so turn often until all the cheese is melted and the outsides are golden brown.

Apple Tart in a potjie

JanBraai Apple Tart PotjieI first learnt to make apple tart with my friend Louis Jonker, the renowned part-time chef from Stellenbosch (at home he and his wife Anita split the cooking half-and-half). Once, during a visit to Ceres in the Western Cape, I decided to try something I’d never seen before (but it has since grown to such fame that it’s now standard practice) – apple tart in a potjie! I adjusted the recipe slightly for cooking on a fire, and the end result was very successful. Try it and see for yourself!

What you need (serves 6 – 8)

For the filling:

  • 8–10 Granny Smith apples (Louis and all the Ceres locals assured me that when baking apple tart, Granny Smith apples are the way to go)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tots brandy (or rum)

For the crumble:

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (caramel brown sugar, or ordinary light brown sugar)
  • 125 g salted butter (a quarter of a 500 g block – soft)
  • another 2 tots butter
  • another dash of cinnamon
  • vanilla ice-cream (or cream, to serve)

What do do:

  1. Peel and core the apples, cut them into chunks and throw them in a potjie. Add the water, raisins, cinnamon and brandy, and mix well.
  2. Put the potjie on the fire, with the lid on. Cook the mixture for about 10 minutes until the apples begin to soften. Remove from the fire once cooked.
  3. While the apples and their friends cook, add the flour, sugar and butter to a bowl and rub together with your clean fingertips until it forms a dry, crumbly mixture.
  4. Add half of the crumble mixture to the potjie and mix it into the cooked apples.
  5. Use the rest of the crumble mixture to cover the apples – make sure it spreads out evenly.
  6. Add a couple of knobs of butter on top of the crumble and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the top to give the tart some colour. Put the lid on the potjie and go back to the fire.
  7. Put the potjie over gentle coals and also put coals on the lid. When and if the coals lose power, add extra coals to the bottom and top of the potjie. If the fire is big and one side of the potjie gets more heat than the other, rotate the potjie every now and again.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour, until you see the apple sauce bubbling through the crust when you lift the lid.
  9. Enjoy with some vanilla ice-cream or cream.

Irish Soda Bread

JanBraai Irish Soda BreadFrom an effort point of view, there are three types of bread: flatbread, bread made with yeast, and bread made with baking soda. Flatbread types use no raising agent whatsoever and are consequently flat like roti. Then there is yeasted bread that uses some form of yeast to make it rise. To activate this yeast takes time and you need to knead the dough. Our third bread category uses baking soda to create bubbles in the dough to make it rise. Unlike yeast, baking soda does not need to be kneaded to do its work. In fact, many expert bakers agree that when using baking soda, not only should you knead the dough as little as possible, you should actually not knead it at all! I know what you’re thinking and yes, this is super fantastic news.

The baking soda needs something to react with and we will use buttermilk for that something, as it will also add some taste to the bread. Although you can quite successfully bake a lily-white soda bread, I prefer the taste and coarse texture of wholewheat and oats. When you’re travelling the backroads and get hold of a truly great jar of jam at a farm stall or market, this is the bread it deserves.

WHAT YOU NEED (feeds 6–8)

  • butter (for oiling the potjie)
  • 3 cups Nutty Wheat flour (or wholewheat flour)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bottle buttermilk (2 cups)

WHAT TO DO

  1. Smear the inside of your no. 10 flat-bottomed baking potjie generously with butter.
  2. Put all the ingredients, except for the buttermilk, into a mixing bowl and mix well.
  3. Now add the buttermilk and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is combined. Remember, not only is it unnecessary to knead the dough, it is better not to. So as soon as everything is properly mixed you are good to go.
  4. Flop the dough into the prepared potjie, dust the top of the bread with some extra flour (this is purely for cosmetic purposes) and use your favourite and sharpest pocket knife to cut a cross in the top of the bread. As with the flour dusting, this cross is only for cosmetic purposes and makes no real contribution to the taste of the end product. (But we all know good-looking food tastes better.)
  5. Now close the lid and bake for about 45 minutes until done. You want some coals under the potjie and some coals on the lid. When any particular coal loses motivation, discard it and replace with a new one. There is no particular risk in baking the bread too slowly but if you rush it, it might burn so rather err on the side of caution.
  6. After 45 minutes, remove the lid taking care not to spill too much ash onto the bread. A bit of ash is fine, again, for cosmetic purposes. Insert the tip of a knife into the bread and if it comes out clean, the bread is ready.
  7. If the bread does not stick to the potjie at all and comes out whole, great. If it sticks to the bottom of the potjie a bit, don’t worry. Take a spatula, go in on the lines of the cross you cut earlier and take it out in quarters.

AND…

This recipe works with any combination of 4 cups of flour. You could drop the oats and go with just 4 cups of Nutty Wheat or wholewheat flour. Or use 2 cups of Nutty Wheat and 2 cups of normal white flour. You get my drift.

Ierse Soda Brood

JanBraai Irish Soda BreadWat moeite betref, is daar drie tipes brood: platbrood, brood wat met gis gemaak is, en brood wat met koeksoda gemaak is. Platbrood gebruik hoegenaamd geen rysmiddel nie en is daarom plat; byvoorbeeld ‘n Indiese roti. Dan is daar gegiste brood wat gis in die een of ander vorm gebruik om dit te laat rys. Om die gis aan die gang te kry kan ’n tydjie neem en jy moet die deeg knie. Ons derde broodkategorie gebruik koeksoda om borrels in die deeg te maak sodat dit kan rys. Anders as met gis, is dit nie met koeksoda nodig om die deeg te knie om sy werk gedoen te kry nie. Om die waarheid te sê, die meeste bobaas-bakkers stem saam dat wanneer jy koeksoda gebruik, jy nie net die deeg so min as moontlik hoef te knie nie, jy moet dit eintlik glad nie knie nie! Ek weet wat jy dink, en ja, dis superfantastiese nuus.

Die koeksoda het iets nodig om mee te reageer en in hierdie geval is karringmelk daardie iets, want dit sal ook die brood ’n bietjie smaak gee. Al kan jy met sukses ’n leliewit-sodabrood bak, verkies ek die smaak en growwe tekstuur van volgraan en hawermout. Wanneer jy met die agterpaaie reis en jy kom by ’n plaasstal of mark op ’n regte lekker fles konfyt af, is hierdie die brood wat hy verdien.

This recipe is also available in English here.

WAT JY NODIG HET (vir 6–8 mense)

  • botter (om die pot mee te olie)
  • 3 koppies Nutty Wheat (of volgraanmeel)
  • 1 koppie hawermout
  • 1 teelepel koeksoda
  • 1 teelepel sout
  • 1 bottel karringmelk (2 koppies)
  • jou nommer 10-platboompotjie

LAAT WAAI!

  1. Smeer die binnekant van jou nommer 10-platboompotjie rojaal met botter.
  2. Gooi al die bestanddele, behalwe die karringmelk, in ’n bak en meng deeglik.
  3. Nou gooi jy die karringmelk by en roer met ’n houtlepel totdat alles gemeng is. Onthou, dis nie net onnodig om die deeg te knie nie, dis beter om dit oor te slaan. Sodra alles ordentlik gemeng is, is jy reg om aan te gaan.
  4. Smeer die binnekant van jou nommer 10-platboompotjie met genoeg botter. Dop die deeg in die geoliede potjie uit, strooi ’n bietjie ekstra meel bo-oor (dis net vir die mooiheid) en gebruik jou gunsteling- en skerpste knipmes om ’n kruis bo-op die brood te sny. Soos met die meelstrooiery, is die kruis net vir die mooi en maak nie regtig ’n bydrae tot die smaak van die eindproduk nie. (Maar ons almal weet dat kos wat goed lyk, beter smaak.)
  5. Sit nou die deksel op en bak vir omtrent 45 minute tot gaar. Jy wil ’n klompie kole onder die potjie hê en ’n klompie op die deksel. Wanneer ’n kool moeg is, raak ontslae van hom en vervang met ’n wakker een. Daar is nie ’n besondere risiko daaraan om die brood te stadig te bak nie, maar as jy dit afjaag, kan hy brand, so wees eerder rustig.
  6. Ná 45 minute, haal die deksel af en pasop dat jy nie te veel as op die brood mors nie. Steek die punt van ’n mes in die brood en as hy skoon is wanneer jy hom uittrek, is die brood reg.
  7. As die brood glad nie in die potjie vassit nie en in een stuk uitkom, mooi so. As hy effe aan die bodem van die potjie klou, moenie bekommer nie. Vat ’n spatel en druk hom in op die lyne wat jy vroeër in die brood gesny het en haal hom in kwarte uit.

EN…

Die resep werk met enige kombinasie van 4 koppies meel. Jy kan die hawermout uitlos en net die 4 koppies Nutty Wheat of volgraanmeel gebruik. Of gebruik 2 koppies Nutty Wheat en 2 koppies gewone wit meel. Jy weet wat ek bedoel.

Easter on the braai

I always think that Easter Weekend is when the weather really changes. Summer is officially over come Monday. Terrifying. So while there is still little bit of summer left everything should be cooked on the braai and since chocolate is synonymous with Easter, why not combine the two! This is a fun activity for the whole family.

Ingredients

One big pack of marshmallows
3 Bar-One Chocolates
500ml cold milk
Bamboo skewers

Method

  • Add the milk and chocolates to a medium to small sized cast iron pot and place that pot over medium heat.
  • As the pot heats up, the milk and chocolate should heat up together and the chocolate will melt. Stir continuously until you have one smooth chocolate sauce.
  • Remove the pot from the fire. As the pot is made from cast iron it will keep its heat and the chocolate sauce will stay warm for a while.
  • Put marshmallows on skewers, dip them in the chocolate sauce and enjoy.
  • Encourage your kids to braai some of the skewered marshmallows by holding it over the flames or coals. Braaing marshmallows will teach your kids the fundamental principles of braaing chicken. Gentle heat and turn often; a skin that can easily burn before the inside is done.

Peri Peri Sauce

The use of peri-peri chillies and sauces filtered into South Africa from our Portuguese-speaking neighbouring countries Mozambique and Angola. The peri-peri (also called African Bird’s Eye or Piri-Piri) chilli is a member of the capsicum family of chillies. Compared to the average chilli it’s quite small and very hot. If you can’t get hold of it, use any small and potent chilli. But best is to get yourself a plant and cultivate them at home; they grow quite easily in most parts of South Africa.

In real braai life you will use peri-peri sauce often. It goes particularly well with braaied steak, chicken, fish and prawns. Due to the combination of ingredients it will easily last for weeks inside your fridge and the flavour gets even better after standing for a few days. I suggest you make it in large quantities.

What you need

  • 8 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup grape vinegar (red or white)
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tot paprika powder
  • 1 tot chilli powder
  • 1 tot salt
  • a few small hot chillies (peri-peri/African Bird’s Eye – chopped)

What to do

  1. Finely chop the garlic and throw this into a glass bottle or jar with the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, water, paprika powder, chilli powder and salt. Shake well until the ingredients are mixed and all the salt dissolved.
  2. Now taste the sauce and if you want it hotter, add one or more finely chopped chillies to the sauce and shake. You can add as many chillies as you wish and if, like me, you like quite a lot of burn then it might be wise to mix two batches, one with fewer chillies.
  3. Do not touch your eyes or any other sensitive parts of your body while you are making this sauce as the traces of chilli juice left on your hands will burn those sensitive parts. Go and wash your hands to get the chilli juices off them, and then still be careful.
  4. The sauce can be used immediately but will improve with age and last in your fridge for weeks. You will use the sauce as a marinade, basting sauce or normal dipping sauce on braaied food.

How to make putu pap

Now that you can blow a Vuvuzela, the next step is learning how to properly make Putu pap. Putu pap, also known as “Putu Porridge” and “Krummelpap” looks good and tastes great, but is sometimes difficult to make if you did not grow up in the Freestate. Here is the answer to the critical question: How do you make Putu Pap?

Swartpotjie (Cast Iron Pot), Fork & Wood. All the equipment that you need.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 cups of maize meal
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • some more water

Method

  1. Bring the 2 cups of water to boil in a cast iron pot.
  2. Add the salt to the water.
  3. Throw the 3 cups of maize meal in the water, aiming for the middle. You should now see a tower of maize meal resembling a mine dump, its base in the water and top protruding. Do not touch it.
  4. Put the lid on the pot, and remove from the fire. Leave the pot with the gentle heat of some coals for 20 minutes, until all the water was absorbed into, or steamed into, the maize meal tower.
  5. Remove the lid. Take a big fork, the one you use for holing a leg of lamb whilst carving it, and stir the porridge, until it looks like Putu pap.
  6. Add some more water (about half a cup, depending on how much heat you had in the first 20 minutes, and how moist you want the end product). All water added should be instantly absorbed by the porridge. Stir again.
  7. Replace the lid, and let steam for another 20 minutes on the gentle heat of coals. Resist the temptation to open the lid all the time, but opening once or twice to stir it again and see that its not burning is acceptable.

Other comments

  • If the bottom of the porridge burns a crust in the pot, don’t stress, this is quite normal and does not influence the taste negatively. The crust can easily be removed afterwards.
  • This recipe is foolproof and works as well almost as well on a stove.
  • A nr.1 or nr.2 pot works best for this amount or maize meal, but a bigger pot will also suffice.
  • If you want more porridge, the recipe can be scaled, keeping the same ratios.

Sweet Potatoes

Posted by Anelia from Mpumalanga

Ingredients

Medium size sweet potatoes
Foil
Butter
Salt

Sweet potatoes can be spotted in the left bottom corner of this photo.

Method

Cover each sweet potatoe in foil.
Place between the burning coals.
Leave for approximately one hour.
Enjoy with butter and salt.

Tofu veggie kebabs

Posted by Adam Penn-Nicholson

Ingredients

Kebabs

  • Extra- firm tofu
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • Red and/or green pepper, cut into large chunks
  • Sweet red onion, cut into large chunks
  • Baby marrow/zucchini, cut into large chunks
  • Kebab sticks

Tofu basically tastes like egg whites.

    Marinade

    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Lemon juice
    • Peri-peri sauce
    • Soy sauce
    • Olive oil
    • Fresh garlic, finely chopped or minced
    • Sesame seeds

    Method

    • Chop tofu into large chunks and allow to dry at room temperature for 20min.
    • Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl and pour
    • mixture over the tofu.
    • Mix well and leave in sealed container until ready to braai. (you can prepare this the day before).
    • Take kebab sticks and soak in water for ten minutes.
    • Skewer tofu and veggies on kebab stick
    • Baste with olive oil and remaining marinade and place onto braai for 10min, turning occasionally.
    • Tip: Other mariades such as peanut sauce, sweet and sour sauce or BBQ sauce are awfully good, too.

    Bacon and Onion Bread

    Posted by CarFunSale

    Ingredients

    • Ready made bread dough
    • Chopped Bacon
    • Chopped Onions
    • Chopped Greenpeppers

    Onions. Remember to delegate peeling and chopping them, as it burns your eyes.

      Method

      • Fry bacon, onion and greenpeppers in a pan.
      • Roll out bread dough and spread bacon mix on surface.
      • Roll up like a swissroll.
      • Put into flat bottom potjie and bake on coles or
      • put into a ovensafe dish and bake in oven.

      Butternut & feta side dish

      Posted by Spicegirl

      Ingredients

      • 1 butternut, skinned and cut into small chunks
      • 1 round of feta cheese
      • 1 TBSP fresh thyme
      • 3 TBSP fresh chives, chopped
      • 1 clove garlic, crushed
      • 1 cup cream
      • 1 egg
      • Salt and pepper
      • 1 TBSP butter

      Thyme. Appears in a famous song together with Parsley, Sage and Rosemary.

        Method

        • Boil the butternut until half cooked.
        • Drain and place in an ovenproof dish.
        • Crumble the feta cheese on top and sprinkle with thyme, chives and garlic.
        • Mix cream, egg, salt and pepper together and pour over the butternut.
        • Dot with butter.
        • Place in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes at 180°C.
        • Serve warm

        Mielie Melkpap

        Posted by Jonathan Booth

        Ingredients

        • 2 cups Ace Mielie Meal
        • 2 cups full cream milk
        • 2 cups water
        • 1 tin sweet corn
        • Salt
        • Bacon and/or mushrooms (optional)

        Method

        • Heat up milk and water (over braai or stove). Just before it reaches boiling point, pour the two cups of Ace mielie meal (extensive research has shown this to be the best for this recipe) into the liquid to form a cone in the middle of the pot. Turn heat down to half of maximum, or less (or move to edge of grid/remove coals from base). Add a few pinches of salt. Leave cone for about a minute before stirring vigorously with a fork. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring as few times as possible (with a good pot you won’t need to stir). Add sweet corn and other chosen, precooked ingredients (bacon is good). Depending on your sweet corn, this may add lots of liquid. Leave pap for at least another 20 minutes, or until its reached your favourite consistency. Important not to burn, even slightly burnt pap is inedible, thus smell it often. Eat with favourite sous and wors.
        • Using a thick based pot/potjie is best for this recipe.

        Garlic Potatoes

        Posted by Bianca Bosman

        Ingredients

        • Baby potatoes
        • Head/s of garlic-separated into cloves
        • Tin foil
        • Blossom light margarine (animal product free)

        Method

        • Place about 5 potatoes, with a dollop of margerine and a handful of the garlic cloves into tinfoil packages.
        • Place on coals
        • Leave untill tender and delicious.

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