stuffed mushrooms

These were so yummy! We had vegetarian and non-vegetarians varieties (with / without bacon). Serves 4

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ingredients

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  • 8 large brown mushrooms (stems removed)
  • 1/2 tub creme fraiche
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/2 packet bacon
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1T olive oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 180* and grease a baking tray
  • Combine all the ingredients (apart from mushrooms) together in a bowl
  • Place the mushrooms on the baking tray with the tops facing down
  • Spoon in 1/8 of the mixture into each mushroom
  • Drizzle over the olive oil
  • Baked for around 20 minutes (until bubbly and the cheese is all melted and brown)
  • I topped these with jalapenos (because I firmly believe chillis belong on all my food 😉 )
  • Serve with a salad (if you want to)
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Berry Sorbet

I have made sorbet in the past, but it’s always been missing something. I just realised what that something was… an egg white.

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ingredients

  • 400g frozen berries
  • 2T xylitol dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 egg white

Directions

  • Throw the berries in the blender and blend
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  • Once they have become all mushy add the egg white and sugar syrup and blend until well combined (+-5 minutes)10440680_368283006629738_8808971142950996573_n
  • Pop in the freezer to firm up, and serve after an hour (min)

Pizza pie

This is based on a recipe on http://www.uplateanyway.com. We really enjoyed it, but it is a lot of cheese (which resulted in bad dreams for me!) I don’t have a microwave so I did all the melting over a double boiler, but you could just as easily melt the cheese in quick bursts in the microwave. This recipe makes 2 pizza pies (enough for 3 people). I would suggest serving it with a delicious salad.

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ingredients

  • 8T Almond Flour
  • 6T Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1t garlic salt
  • 1 cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • Fillings (1 cup cheese as a base) and others such as roasted butternut, tomatoes, garlic; olives; parma ham, jalapenos, etc

Directions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180*
  • Using a double boiler, gently melt the cheese in a pot (like you would do with chocolate)
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  • Add the butter and stir to combine (it will look like it won’t mix together, but it will)
  • Add the other ingredients and stir well (put it back on the double boiler to get it to mix well)
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  • Pour half the mix onto a silicone mat and put some clingwrap onto
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  • Roll out dough to about 0.5cm
  • Slice up (as per pic)
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  • Put filling in centre, and gently fold the dough up around the centre (I used roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, roasted butternut, olives and cheese)
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  • Repeat for 2nd pizza pie
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Slice up and serve!

Seared cajun angelfish and salad

Another hot day, combined with a sore neck, meant I had no desire to cook (a VERY rare occurrence). This was done in 10 minutes, from start to finish!  The salad is based on the smoked summer salmon salad I made last week. It serves 3 people for dinner.

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Salad ingredients

  • 1 packet lettuce of your choice
  • 1/2 jar caper berries
  • 1/2 packet olive (pitted)
  • 1 small pack of feta (cubed)
  • asparagus and tender stem broccoli (blanched)
  • 1 boiled egg per person (quartered)
  • Vinaigrette (2 parts olive oil, 1 part lemon juice, spoon of mustard, salt and pepper)

Fish ingredients

  • 300g Angelfish fillets
  • Cajun spice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1T butter

Directions

  • Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl
  • Heat a large frying pan to medium high heat
  • Add oil and butter, and once melted add the fish
  • Sear for +- 1.5 minutes on each side, until JUST cooked
  • Serve!

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Peri peri chicken livers

YUMMMMM! Creamy, spicy goodness.
This recipe serves 2.

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WINNER! BANTING RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 4 T butter
  • 1 big onion (sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 250g free range chicken livers
  • 1 red pepper
  • 80ml cream
  • sliced jalapeno chillies (to taste)
  • dried chilli flakes (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 2T olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil (half packet)
  • 2T lemon juice

Directions

  • Melt the butter in a pan on a low medium heat, add sliced onions and cook slowly until sweet and soft (30-40 minutes)
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  • Add the garlic and fry for another minute
  • Turn the heat up and add the wine, simmer until reduced by half
  • Add the tomato puree, lemon juice and red pepper and leave on a low heat to simmer
    Wash chicken livers and pat dry
  • Season with salt and pepper and rub the olive oil over them
  • Heat up a heavy based pan to super hot
  • Drop in the chicken livers (don’t touch them)
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  • Turn over with a fork after 1.5 minutes and fry on the other side for approx the same time (until browned nicely on both sides)
  • Reduce the heat and add the sauce to the pan; add the cream and chilli and simmer for a few minutes
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  • Serve with fresh basil
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Thai cashew nut chicken (or fish)

My sister and her boyfriend are living with me while they renovate their house, which means I have lovely people to cook for! He is a vegetarian, so I need to be creative when we feel like chicken. This dish works well because you can make the sauce separately and then just spoon over the protein and veg. This recipe serves 4.

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Ingredients for the sauce

  • 3T hoisin sauce (this does contain sugar, so use sparingly)
  • 3T soya sauce
  • 1T lemon juice
  • 1/2 packet coriander (chopped)
  • 1/2 packet basil (torn)
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 packet raw cashew nuts
  • 1T oil
  • Chilli to taste

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a small pan, add the onion and fry for a few minutes until starting to soften
  • Add all the remaining ingredients for the sauce and warm together for a few minutes

Ingredients for the dish

  • 1 chicken breast per person / 1 piece of firm fish, like tuna
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 or 4 T almond flour
  • 1 packet of tender steam broccoli
  • 1 packet of courgettes, chopped in 1 inch sized pieces
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 half packet basil (torn)
  • The other half packet coriander (chopped)

Directions

  • Steam the broccoli and courgettes
  • If doing chicken, slice the breasts in half (butterfly them, but slice into 2 separate pieces) and bash them in clingfilm until they are all roughly the same heigh
  • For fish and chicken, dust in a mix of the almond flour and salt / pepper
  • Heat the oil in a large pan on a medium high heat, add the protein
  • If doing chicken, fry on each side for +- 1.5 minutes
  • If doing tuna, fry until rare/medium/dead
  • Plate up with veggies and protein and spoon over the sauce
  • Top with fresh basil and coriander

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Smoked salmon summer salad

On a hot day, I can’t face dealing with the stove, but with a salad like this, I’m happy not to! This serves 2 people for dinner.

WINNER! BANTING RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 packet lambs lettuce, baby lettuce mix (or whichever pack you prefer)
  • 1/2 jar caper berries
  • 1/2 packet olive (pitted)
  • +- 10 cocktail gerkins (halved)
  • 1 small pack of feta (cubed)
  • asparagus and tender stem broccoli (blanched)
  • 125g packet of hot smoked salmon flakes (Woolies)
  • 1 boiled egg per person (quartered)
  • Vinaigrette (2 parts olive oil, 1 part lemon juice, spoon of mustard, salt and pepper)

Directions

  • Combine all the goodies in a bowl
  • Serve (how easy is that!)
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Nutty Cheesecake bites

This is from a recipe I found online – they used sweetener and hazelnut essence (which I’ve not found in Cape Town – let me know if you find it!) so I’ve switched things around and it is very yummy. It was inspired by my dear friend Justine, who is 7 months pregnant – we went out for lunch and ordered the hazelnut truffles, and when they arrived they were covered in coconut – she painstakingly picked off all the coconut, and I got the inspiration to make her some coconut free hazelnut truffles! She loves cheese – so I thought these would be a winner (I am still waiting on her feedback but I really enjoyed them!)

WINNER! BANTING RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 tub Simonsberg plain cream cheese (leave it to warm up slightly on the counter to help soften for about 10 minutes)
  • 1/4 cup coco powder
  • 2T honey (or more to taste)
  • 1T almond essence (or use 1t if you don’t like the almond flavour to be too strong)
  • 50g hazelnut (about half a packet) – chopped up

Directions

  • Mix the cream cheese, coco powder, honey and essence together
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  • Once it is all combined, spoon a heaped teaspoon onto the chopped hazelnut
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  • Roll the ball around in the hazelnuts
  • Place on a plate, and pop into the fridge to set
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  • ENJOY@