Thursday, June 21, 2012

♥ delicious lamb shank ♥

with winter creeping up on us a little more and more with every passing day, it's just about time that we start browsing our old recipe books for delicious, warm, filling dinner ideas.

let me help make the task a little easier by suggesting that you use this delicious recipe as your first winter treat!

what you'll need:
♥ 2 table spoons olive oil
♥ 8 lamb shanks
♥ 1 onion
♥ 2 carrots
♥ fresh rosemary
♥ 3 bay leaves
♥ 4 garlic cloves
♥ 2 table spoons plain flour

♥ 1 table spoon tomato puree
♥ 350ml white wine
♥ 500ml lamb or chicken stock
♥ peas
♥ mushrooms
♥ potatoes for mash to serve

what you'll do:
1. preheat oven to 200C
2. brown lamb, all round, in the olive oil for about 10 minutes
3. remove lamb, add onion, peas and carrots, cook for about 10 minutes
4. stir in herbs and garlic
5. stir in flour and tomato puree
6. season well
7. pour in wine and stock
8. return shanks
9. bring to simmer
10. cover and cook undisturbed for about 1.5 - 2 hrs or until lamb is tender

remove lamb from sauce and set aside. put pan back on heat and simmer down for about 15minutes until rich and glossy
pass through sieve and into a jug

nutritional values:
295 calories, 25g protein, 5g carbs and 18g fat 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

♥ the best bobotie ever ♥

"hot coffee and cold winter mornings are two of the best soul mates who ever did find each other"
terri guillemets

winter has most certainly arrived in our beautiful cape town and other than a good red wine, you defs need a few amazingly scrumptious dinner recipes to make the cold nights just a little more bare able.

i found this recipe a few weeks ago while visiting my amazing mother in law - the page was covered with powders and notes she made while trying it out. she told me that it was amazing and although i haven't made it myself, i just had to share it - it looks amazeballs so i'm sure it'll taste even better! besides, i'm terrible at keeping track with where i write these recipes down, so what better way than to store it on my fav blog! :)

what you'll need:
♥ 30ml oil
♥ 3 onions, chopped
♥ 2 garlic cloves, crushed
♥ 15ml curry powder
♥ 5ml turmeric
♥ 5ml coriander seeds
♥ 5ml ginger
♥ 5ml ground cinnamon
♥ 1kg lean mince
♥ salt
♥ pepper
♥ 30ml lemon juice
♥ 30ml fine apricot jam
♥ 60ml chutney
♥ 30ml soft brown sugar
♥ 30ml worcestershire sauce
♥ 30ml tomato paste
♥ 2 slices white bread, soaked in water and mashed
♥ 250ml pip'less raisins 
♥ 250ml apple, grated
♥ 6 lemon or bay leaves

♥ 500ml milk
♥ 4 eggs, whisked
♥ salt
♥ pepper

what you'll do:
1. preheat the oven to 180C. Prepare a oven proof dish with either butter, margarine or cook-and-spray.
2. fry onion in a little oil, adding the garlic and ginger after a few minutes. 
3. add all the spices and fry for another minute.
4. add the mince - little by little and fry until just before it turns brown
5. add salt, pepper and the rest of the ingredients including the bread, raisins and apple.
6. reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes
7. transfer to the prepared oven dish adding the lemon or bay leaves as you please

whisk the milk and eggs together and season with a little salt and pepper. Pour over the mince mixture and bake for about 40 minutes until the topping is cooked through. let stand for about 5 minutes before dishing.

serve immediately with rice, home made tomato salsa and sambals (recipe to follow) obviously adding a glass or two also can't hurt! :)