Medium Box Recipes 28/05/2020
Morning Immunity Booster
Your body’s very own superhero – in a mug. Balance out your body's pH levels and ward off the corrosive effects of too much acidity. Kapow!
- Boil the kettle, and place your freshly boiled water into your favourite mug.
- Squeeze in the juice of a quarter/half a lemon per person – depending on how voluptuous your lemon is. Drink your powerful concoction on an empty stomach, and let it digest for about half an hour before you consume anything else (we recommend laying in the sun with a good book while you do).
- You can add in a squeeze of honey if you want to sweeten things up.
Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning hydrates the body – while the Vitamin C from the lemon gives you an immunity boost to start off your day.
Tropical Sunshine Smoothie
A healthy start to the day – to remind you of those warm summer beach days.
- Blend up some banana and pineapple, with some yogurt and a few ice cubes, to make a deliciously bright tropical smoothie.
- Add some fresh chilli or ginger if you want to spice it up a bit – it’ll warm you up just like summer did.
Smoothies are a great way to pack in your 5-a-day and give your body an extra boost from any nutrient-dense herbs and spices. The benefit of smoothies over juices? The high fibre content, keeping your gut healthy and your immune system strong.
2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
That’s right, this recipe has 2 ingredients – eggs and bananas, that's it.
- Mash up 1-2 bananas with 2 eggs until well combined.
- Place a pan over a medium heat with some butter. When the butter begins to foam, spoon in some pancake batter (make them smaller, as they will be easier to handle). Panfry until golden – flip and repeat, until cooked through and smelling like the heavens.
- Serve with your toppings of choice – crushed nuts, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon sugar, some fresh fruit – whatever gets you out of bed.
These pancakes are great for kids – and a good way to get some added nutrients with natural sweetness (sans sugar).
Fiery Beans and Egg on Toast
Spicy beans and fried egg to warm you up from the inside out – shakshuka-lovers, this one’s for you.
- Soak your sugar beans overnight – then drain.
- In a deep pan with some butter or oil, fry some diced onion and grated garlic with some chilli until soft. Stir in 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar and cook until it evaporates. Add in some diced tomato, and a splash of water, and simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. Add the drained beans, and some freshly chopped herbs – cook until piping hot. Season to taste.
- Pop some sliced bread in the toaster. In a pan, fry your egg on a medium-high heat to your liking (we suggest sunny side up, to start your day on the bright side).
- Butter up your toast, pile on your beans and top off with your fried egg. Finish off your fiery masterpiece with some grated cheese if you fancy, and a sprinkle of chopped coriander. Yum.
These red speckled beans are high in soluble fibre – this absorbs water in the stomach and forms a gel, which slows the absorption of carbohydrates. Thus, this humble little bean raises blood sugar levels nice and slowly and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
Vegetable Frittata Egg Cups
For those who enjoy a more bulked-up brekkie – we know we sure do.
- Sauté some leftover vegetables in a hot pan until they start to soften.
- In a bowl, whisk together some eggs and season well.
- Combine the sautéed veggies with the eggs, and sprinkle in some grated cheese (we always suggest a heavy hand when adding cheese).
- Grease a muffin tin, or a small pan.
- Pour in your mixture and bake in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes until cooked through and golden. Now go ahead and dig in.
Eggs mean protein and abundant nutrients, veggies mean antioxidants for days – everything you need to keep your immune system in good shape.
AVO ALL DAY
Ah, the Avocado – has a more well-rounded ingredient ever existed? And we’re not just talking about your curves, Avo. With your nutty flavour, buttery texture and abundant nutrients – it’s safe to say that you are one of nature’s most impressive achievements.
You’re rich in vitamins and minerals, high in mono-unsaturated fats (the good fats), and you put the banana to shame with your impressive levels of potassium.
The tricky part is choosing when and how to relish you – will it be for breakfast in a smoothie or smashed on toast? As a delectable guacamole (nacho chip in hand), or wrapped up in a tasty taco? Maybe even for dessert, in the form of the most perfect Chocolate Avocado Pudding.
Oh Avo, you just make every culinary experience that much better – if we could have it our way, we’d have avo all day, every day.
Creamy Avo (& Cacao) Smoothie
- Blend up some avo, banana and a dash of yogurt or milk.
- To take this smoothie to the next level, we love to add cacao powder, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, and something sweet (like dates or honey). Mmm!
Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Smashed Avo Toast with Soft Boiled Egg & Chilli
Because you can’t beat the classic smashed avo toast – here, we’ve upped the indulgence with a perfect soft boiled egg, chilli and a sprinkling of fresh herbs.
- Carefully add your eggs into a pot of boiling water. Boil for 6 minutes for that perfect firm-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside egg. Remove, and place into a bowl of ice water. Peel your eggs when cool enough to handle.
- In a bowl, smash up your peeled avo with a fork, add some fresh lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
- Toast some sliced bread and butter it up.
- Smear your smashed avo onto your buttered toast, top with the soft boiled egg and garnish with some chopped chilli and fresh herbs.
Avo, eggs and toast create a dreamy combination of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. A well-balanced meal keeps energy levels sustained throughout the day and keeps the body at optimal health levels.
Holy Guacamole with Nachos
Smashed avo, tomato, red onion, coriander and lemon – with nachos, of course.
- In a bowl, smush up some avocado with a fork until smooth.
- Add in lots of chopped fresh coriander and lemon juice – for that authentic flare of Mexican flavour.
- Mix in some finely chopped tomato and finely diced red onion. Season to taste.
- Grab the nachos and tuck in.
Some pickled onion (recipe in Snacks & Sides) would add a scrumptious layer here.
Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce
This plant-based pasta sauce is super simple to make, and loaded with all the healthy fats – hello pasta season!
- In a food processor or blender, add: ½ a cup of nuts (macadamias, cashews, almonds), 2 avocados, a bunch of mint (or your herb of choice), a drizzle of olive oil, the juice of 1-2 lemons, a pinch of paprika, and seasoning.
- Blend until smooth and creamy – season to taste on completion.
- Serve with any pasta of your choice – pasta la vista, baby.
Sprinkle over some freshly chopped chilli for colour and a bit of winter warmth.
Baked Avocado Fries & Spicy Dipping Sauce
Almond-crumbed avo fries served with a creamy spicy Adobo salsa dressing – and just like that, fries and avos became one.
- For this recipe you will need: 2 avocados, ¼ cup of corn flour/chickpea flour, a tablespoon of oil (of your choice), ½ a cup of milk, spices (to taste), 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, ½ a cup of ground almonds, and some sesame seeds.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the corn flour/chickpea flour on one plate. In a bowl, whisk together the oil and milk. On another plate, place the ground almonds, sesame seeds, spices, and your nutritional yeast.
- Cut the avos in half lengthways and remove the pip. Peel off the skin, and cut into thick slices lengthways. Dip the avo into the corn flour/chickpea flour, then into the milk and oil mixture, and lastly, into the ground almonds. Make sure they are evenly coated. Repeat the process for each slice.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping them halfway.
- For the sauce, combine your yoghurt with some smoky salsa, seasoning and lemon juice to taste – add some fresh chilli if you like the spice.
Known as the ‘fruit of the gods’ by Central American Indians, and for very good reason. Avos are nutritionally-dense – but one of their most favourable properties is their monounsaturated fat content (the good fats), which are an essential part of a healthy diet.
Mexican cuisine is all about flavour, flavour, and more flavour – it sure doesn’t hold back, and neither should you.
Your box is brimming with an array of Mexican-inspired ingredients, from fresh delights to pantry-fillers, and even some artisanal goodies. For that fresh, tropical feeling, we’ve got avocados (yay for avo season), bananas, pineapple, red cabbage, chillies, tomatoes, sweet corn, and jalapeños. Also gracing your cardboard slats are El Burro Mercado’s heirloom corn tacos, Santa Anna’s organic nachos, Aioli’s smoky Adobo chilli salsa, locally grown sugar beans, black bean tempeh from Boemboe, fresh squid (tentacles and all), pasture-raised chicken wings, venison mince – and the list goes on.
Soak your sugar beans overnight to make El Burro Mercado’s refried bean tacos, or roast some tempeh in Adobo salsa for Aioli’s delectable tostada! Make a pineapple salsa, or even a pineapple margarita (hello, Level 3) to sip on while you celebrate. Char some corn-on-the-cob, or make that infamously delicious Mexican street food: corn esquites. The options are endless, but some of our stand-out winners are here – delicioso!
Bangin’ Baked Chilli Popper
Crispy, creamy, spicy, cheesy – and quite literally the best bite you’ll ever experience.
- Preheat the oven to 220°C. Slice your jalapenõs lengthways on one side, just deep enough to take out the seeds (use a spoon, not your finger – that will burn).
- Mix some cream cheese with some chopped coriander and grated cheese (reserving some).
- Stuff the peppers with the cheese mixture (you might have a small amount left over – we won’t judge if you eat as is). Top each of the peppers with a small mound of cheese lengthwise.
- Place your stuffed poppers onto a tin foil lined baking tray, and bake in the hot oven for 10-13 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and starting to turn golden. Take a bite!
Jalapenos are mild to medium heat, at 2500-10000 scoville heat units. The greener the chilli, the more mild the burn. Jalapenos are also loaded with vitamin C and vitamin B6.
Squid rings cooked in the juice of lemon and clementine – with red onion, pineapple pieces, coriander, jalapeno and garlic. Oh, and served with nachos, of course.
- Rinse and clean the squid.
- Squeeze the juice of 2 lemons and 1 clementine into a large bowl.
- Cut a pineapple into small pieces, dice 1 red onion. Deseed and finely chop a jalapeno, peel and grate a garlic clove. Add to the lemon and orange juice mix and season.
- Add the squid, and leave in the fridge for 1 hour. The citrus juice should coat and just cover the squid – if not squeeze in a little more juice. The acidity of your citrus juice is what ‘cooks’ the squid while it soaks (yum).
- Finely chop some coriander and add it to the ceviche when it’s ready to eat.
- Scoop up and eat the ceviche with nachos. Ariba!
Ceviche is fish cooked in citrus – even though there is no heat involved. The acid in the citrus denatures the proteins in the fish, causing it to become opaque and take on a firm texture.
This cheesy mexican corn is buttery, garlicky, spicy, sweet, cheesy, herby, lemony – all at the same time.
- Sauté some crushed garlic and chilli in butter. Slice the kernels from the cob, and add them to the pan – frying until cooked.
- Add a spoonful of yoghurt and grated cheese and stir until oozing and melted (drool).
- Remove from the heat. Add some lemon juice and chopped coriander. Season to taste.
This can be served as a side with nachos, or spooned over your tasty tacos for an added flavour layer, or simply on its own – it’s that good.
El Burro Mercado’s Refried Bean Taco
This taco will take you straight to heaven – over and over again.
- Make some pickled onion (recipe under Snacks & Sides).
- Soak 1 cup of sugar beans in some water overnight, then drain.
- Place a pan over medium heat with some oil. Fry up 2-3 cloves of garlic (diced) and 1 onion (also diced). Add the drained beans and your preferred spices – we recommend 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chilli/cayenne and salt. Fry until fragrant (take a good whiff of that goodness). Then, add some water (enough to submerge the beans) and simmer until soft (about 30 minutes) and the water has reduced.
- Mash your beans a little towards the end ,with a potato masher or the back of a fork – refried bean-style. Season to taste.
- Char your mielies on the braai or hot grill. Slice the kernels off the cob, season and set aside.
- Thinly slice some red cabbage and toss through some chopped coriander, lemon juice and salt. Slice up some glorious, buttery avo.
- Heat up your tacos in a pan until warm and lightly golden. It’s taco building time! Load your tacos with some refried beans, charred corn, cabbage, coriander, avo, pickled red onion, a dollop of yogurt – and if you want a touch of cream, and some Aioli’s Adobe Salsa for an extra flavour punch.
A spicy pineapple margarita would be great with this by the way.
El Burro Mercado’s Venison Chilli Taco
Golden spiced venison mince, with homemade tomato salsa and pickled onion – taco bout a good time!
- Make some pickled onion (recipe under Snacks & Sides).
- In a hot pan with some oil, fry off about 3 cloves of grated garlic and 1 diced onion until soft. Add the venison mince and brown, breaking it up as it cooks. Then, add your preferred dry spices – we recommend some cumin, oregano, paprika, chilli, salt, pepper, and some tomato paste or cooked tomato. Cook until fragrant, and adjust the level of spice to your liking (we like it hot).
- Then, add some diluted stock, and simmer for 30-40 minutes, lid on, adding more water as required. Season to taste.
- Make your fresh salsa by combining some diced tomato, chopped coriander, lemon juice, diced chilli and salt together.
- Heat up the tacos in a pan until warm and lightly golden. It’s taco building time! Load your tacos with some venison chili, tomato salsa, some pickled red onion, a dollop of yogurt/feta or crème fraîche for that creamy layer. And, of course, Aioli’s Adobo Salsa.
Venison is super high in protein – great for sustained energy, a feeling of fullness and lean muscle growth. It also goes hand-in-hand with high Iron levels, ensuring healthy red blood cells and good oxygen transport to all cells in the body, keeping them all healthy and well-functioning.
Mexican Squid Tacos
This can be served wrapped up in a tasty taco, or on a bed of shredded leaves as a salad – up to you, chef.
- Start with the squid marinade. In a bowl, combine: some melted butter, lemon juice, chilli powder, fresh garlic, salt and pepper. Toss the squid through the marinade until well-coated. If you have the time, leave to marinate overnight, otherwise 2-3 hours will do – the longer the marinate, the better the flavour.
- For the salsa, you will need: diced pineapple, chopped coriander, sliced spring onions, diced tomatoes, and corn. Toss to combine, add a drizzle of oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and season to taste.
- Once the squid has marinated and is ready to go, place a pan over a high heat. The hotter the pan, the better the squid will cook (so turn up the vol on the heat). When the pan is hot, pour the squid and the marinade into the pan, and fry for 3-4 minutes – until cooked through and turning crispy. Try not to overcrowd the pan, this will result in mushy or tough squid (which is never nice). Remove the pan from the heat on completion.
- For the corn tortillas, place a clean pan over a medium heat. Dry-toast the tortillas in batches for 30-60 seconds per side, until warmed and lightly crisped.
- It’s taco building time! Load your tacos with the squid and top with all the salsa. Add a dollop of yoghurt or sour cream, and some Aioli Adobo Salsa if you’re feeling spicy.
Serve as a salad – shred up some salad leaves and toss them with some olive oil, lemon juice, a dollop of yogurt and some salt. Plate up, top with the pan-fried squid, and some salsa.
Aioli’s Tempeh Tostada
Because you gada, make-a the tostada.
- Slice up some tempeh into bite-sized cubes.
- Make your holy guacamole by combining the flesh of 2 avos, a small bunch of chopped coriander, 1 clove of garlic (peeled and grated), 30ml of olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon, and some salt and pepper (to taste). The texture is up to you, we like it smooth for this dish. Use a fork or a food processor.
- Slice up some red onion, and chop up some coriander for garnish. Grate up some cheese.
- It’s tortilla-frying time! In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over a medium-high heat until it reaches 180°C (350°F). Ensure that there is at least 4cm of oil in the pan – we are going to be frying the tempeh and the tortillas.
- Fry your tempeh until it’s golden brown – then, take out with a slotted spoon and put onto some kitchen towel to absorb any residue oil. Then, toss your tempeh in a bowl with some Adobo salsa while it’s still hot.
- Then, working in batches to avoid overcrowding, add as many tacos as you can fit into the oil, flipping occasionally. Cook until golden and firm, for about 1 minute.
- Transfer the fried tortillas to a plate lined with paper towels to cool. Repeat the frying process with your remaining tortillas.
- Serving time – top the tostada with guacamole, Adobo tempeh, some grated cheese, coriander and sliced red onion.
Frying the taco, and serving that as the crunchy base, adds wonderful texture to this dish. You can basically top a tostada with anything you like!
Aioli’s Fire Roasted Sweet Potato Al Mexicano
If it’s too cold out to light the braai, turn on that oven and fire up those ‘tatos..
- Wrap some sweet potato in tin foil with salt, pepper and olive oil – make sure they’re well coated. Pop onto some burning braai coals, turning every 15-20 minutes, for about 1 hour. Or just roast ‘em in the oven for 1.5 hours at 180°C.
- Char your whole mielie corn over the fire. Once charred, cut the kernels off the cob, and mix with some finely diced red onion and Adobo sauce – to taste.
- Make your holy guacamole by combining the flesh of 2 avos, a small bunch of chopped coriander, 1 clove of garlic (peeled and grated), 30ml of olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon, and some salt and pepper (to taste). The texture is up to you, we like it chunky.
- Chop up some coriander for garnish.
- Serving time – split open the sweet potato, and top with some guacamole, charred Adobo corn, and fresh coriander. Yum!
For an extra scrummy cheesy layer – when your sweet potato is done, split it open, grate over some cheese and return it to the oven until melted and golden, then serve.
Tomatoey venison mince served with melted cheese, a charred corn cob, and some nachos for that extra crunch.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C on the grill setting.
- Place a pan over a medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil. When the pan is hot, fry some diced onion until soft. Add the venison mince and work quickly to break it up as it cooks – brown for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add your spices of choice – we suggest chilli/cayenne, cumin, coriander, paprika and salt – cook until fragrant. Then, add some diluted stock and cooked chopped tomato. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened. Season with salt, pepper, and a sweetener of choice.
- Place the mince mixture into a baking dish with sides – scatter over some grated cheese, and bake in the hot oven for 5 minutes until the cheese has melted and is starting to bubble.
- Char the corn until golden on all sides, turning as they colour.
- Serve your cheesy Mexi-venison with some nachos and charred corn on the cob on the side.
For a more substantial base, serve on a bed of roasted sweet potato wedges.
Pickled Onion – The El Burro Mercado Way
So simple to make, and will take any of these Mexican dishes to new heights of authentic flavour.
- Slice up some red onion.
- In a pot, heat up 200ml of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of sugar, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp of cumin if you have. Heat until the sugar has dissolved.
- Place in a jar with your sliced onion – let it come to room temperature, screw the lid on, give it a good shake, and pop into the fridge until needed.
Pickling is addictive! You can do it with so many ingredients – ribboned carrot, sliced red cabbage – once you start, you don’t stop.
Spicy Sweet Potato Mash
A mouthwatering mashup of sweet potato, spices, tahini and lemon – serve as a nourishing side, or as a base to any meal.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Peel your sweet potato and cut into bite sized chunks. Smash/flatten some garlic cloves with a knife.
- Spread your garlic and sweet potato, nicely spaced out, onto a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 30 minutes – or until tender and easily mashed with a fork.
- Allow to cool slightly. Then, add to a blender or food processor and purée those ‘tatos until smooth.
- Add some tahini, salt, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, cumin and the juice from 1/2 a lemon. Blend well.
The sweet potato gives your body all the slow-releasing carbs it needs for stable blood sugar levels – which helps to maintain mental focus. Sweet potatoes are also high in Vitamin C, a great immune system support.
Smoky Carrot Mash
Roasted carrots with smoky paprika and blended with chickpeas.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Spread your yellow and orange carrots evenly over a baking tray and coat in oil, salt, pepper and smoked paprika (to taste). Add a peeled clove of garlic to the tray, and roast for approximately 30 minutes until soft and smelling like the heavens.
- Once cooked, blitz the carrots and garlic in a food processor with 1 drained can of chickpeas, a handful of coriander, a big squeeze of lemon juice and a glug of olive oil. Blend, and drizzle in more olive oil until smooth.
- Taste to test and add more salt, pepper and smoked paprika if required.
Carrots boost Vitamin A and C levels – Vitamin A increases your immune responses, particularly the immune cells, that adapt to fighting viruses and bacteria. Vitamin C also helps build up the immune system – it’s a great antioxidant, and has shown to increase the absorption of Iron from other food sources (like the paprika).
Spicy Hawaiian Pizza Toastie
A perfect pizza toastie with sliced pineapple, colby cheese, jalapeño, and some fresh smoky salsa – Adobo Rojo de Chiles.
- Cut the pineapple into thin rounds. Finely slice the jalapeno. Slice the Colby cheese.
- Slice up some bread, and butter one side on each slice. On the other side, spread a handsome layer of fresh smoky salsa – Adobo Rojo de Chiles
- Assemble the sandwich so that the buttered sides are on the outside (perfectly golden toastie incoming).
- Place a pan over a medium heat with a drizzle of oil, and toast on each side until golden, crispy and the cheese has melted.
Toasted Tempeh & Avo Sarmie
A health packed sarmie to brighten up your mood!
- Slice tempeh into slabs and place on a kitchen towel to drain any excess liquid.
- Sauté some sliced onion in a pan over medium heat with some oil, chopped herbs and a splash of balsamic vinegar, until soft. Season well.
- Make some guacamole with smashed avo flesh, fresh lemon juice, finely diced onion, diced tomatoes, chopped herbs, salt and pepper – all to taste.
- Panfry that tempeh until deliciously golden on both sides and heated through. Season (to taste).
- Slice up some tomato, and toss with salt.
- Toast up some bread, and layer up your sarmie – adding some green leaves and a smear of your favourite sauce.
Add a spice rub of choice to the tempeh if you’d like more flavour.
There are many ways you can marinade or baste your chicken wings – here are some of our favourite combinations.
- Preheat your oven to 200°C.
- Baste the chicken wings – get creative here. See some options below:
- For a more punchy flavour: simply coat in some Adobo Salsa (to taste).
- For a more subtle Lemon and Herb basting: grate up some garlic, zest up some lemon – baste the chicken wings with some oil, lemon juice, zest, garlic, and chopped herbs of choice.
- For a stickier wing: toss the wings through some oil, honey (heated up to drizzling consistency), grated garlic, chopped chilli, a sprinkle of paprika, and salt.
- Roast the wings for 40-45 minutes until cooked through and golden.
- Garnish your wings with some freshly chopped herbs, and enjoy.
Marinate your chicken the night before (or at least 2-3 hours before cooking), if you have the time.
Chilli Garlic Squid
Lightly crumbed and fried squid – with all the chilli and garlic.
- For this recipe, you will need: cornflour, garlic, chilli, spring onions and some oil for frying.
- Place the squid in a bowl with some cornflour, salt and pepper – coat your squid well. Hot Tip: Cover the bowl with a plate or a lid, hold the bowl and lid together tightly, and shake-it-like-you-mean-it so that the squid is nicely coated.
- Finely chop up some garlic. Thinly slice some chillies. Finely slice some spring onions.
- Fill a pot, wok or deep frying pan with enough oil to fry the squid. Place over a high heat until the oil is piping hot. Drop a small bit of crumb from the squid into the oil – if it sizzles, it’s hot enough.
- Carefully add the squid pieces and deep fry for 2-3 minutes until golden and crispy. On completion, remove the squid using a slotted spoon and drain on some paper towel
- Place a separate pan over a medium heat with a drizzle of oil. Fry the garlic and chilli for 1-2 minutes. Add the squid to the pan, and toss to coat in all that garlicky goodness. Season to taste.
- Scatter over the spring onions, squeeze over some fresh lemon juice, and serve with some Aioli Adobo Salsa mixed with yogurt. Yum!
With no cholesterol, and good vitamin B levels, squid is a great source of protein. It’s a good source of vitamin B 12 and B6 – B12 is important for healthy red blood cells and preventing anemia, while B6 is important for metabolism, brain and liver function, growth, and building blood cells.
Cute clementine cupcakes to enjoy with a hot cuppa something.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a muffin tray with butter, and dust with some flour – or line a tray with paper cupcake liners.
- In a bowl, mix together: 300g of sifted cake flour, 200g castor sugar, ¾ tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda. Then, stir in 1 cup of peeled and chopped clementines or oranges (make sure to remove any seeds).
- In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup of citrus juice – orange/clementine/lemon juice, 1 tsp vanilla, and 80ml vegetable oil.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients – don't over-mix, stir just until everything is nicely moistened.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin/cupcake cups, filling each until they are nearly full (they will puff up beautifully when they bake).
- Bake the cupcakes for 15 to 18 minutes, until they've domed nicely. Stick a toothpick into the centre of the cupcake – if it comes out clean, the cupcakes are cooked. Transfer to a wire cooking rack to cool.
- To make the icing: In a large bowl, whisk together 250g icing sugar with a pinch of salt and 3 tbsp water or citrus juice (orange/clementine/lemon juice) – mix well. Add a little more liquid if necessary, to make a soft spreadable icing.
- Spread your icing on top of the cooled cupcakes, and enjoy with a hot cuppa tea.
Grilled Pineapple Skewers
Pineapple with a jalapeño honey glaze and a yoghurt dipping sauce – very exotic .
- Soak some wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before cooking to make sure that they don’t burn.
- Preheat the gas braai, or turn the grill on high.
- Cut a pineapple into approximately 10 rectangle spears. Insert your wooden skewers into the entire length of the pineapple, stopping about 1cm before the end of the pineapple.
- In a bowl, mix ½ a cup of honey, the juice of 1 lemon, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp salt and 1 jalapeño (finely chopped) – mix well.
- Baste the skewers on both sides with your spicy honey glaze.
- Braai or grill on each side for approximately 3-5 minutes – keep a close eye on them as they can easily burn.
- Serve on a platter with your yoghurt dipping sauce on the side. Yum!
Garnish with some fresh mint (if you have).
A churro is a fried-dough choux pastry rolled in cinnamon sugar – basically, a gift from the culinary gods.
- In a large heavy-based pan, heat 3cm of cooking oil to 180°C.
- In a shallow dish, make the cinnamon dipping sugar by whisking together 100g sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon.
- While the oil is heating up, make your choux pastry churro dough – place a pot on medium-high heat and boil 250ml water, 55g cubed butter, 13g white sugar, ¼ tsp salt. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, and add in 140g cake flour – cook for approximately 2 minutes, constantly stirring with a spatula, until your mixture comes together in a smooth paste (don’t worry if there are a few little lumps). Remove from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
- Add the vanilla and egg to the flour mixture. Then, blend immediately with an electric mixer. Blend until the mixture comes together smoothly – it will separate at first, but keep mixing and it will come together. If you don’t have an electric mixer, slowly add the egg (a little at a time) and mix vigorously by hand with a spatula until it comes together.
- Transfer your mixture into a piping bag with a nosal (optional). Carefully pipe the mixture into your preheated oil. Your piped tubes should be about 15cm in length – cut the end with clean scissors.
- Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to dry briefly. Then, transfer your churros into your cinnamon and sugar mixture, and roll to coat.
For ultimate bliss, serve with the deluche leche dipping sauce (as seen in the banana recipe recipe below) or alternatively a chocolate sauce.
Helpful Equipment: Food Thermometer or deep fat fryer, electric mixer, piping bag, piping nosal.
Fried Bananas with Homemade Dulce Leche Sauce
A.K.A. Deconstructed Banoffee Pie: fried bananas, boiled condensed milk in a can (which turns to dulce leche) – served with ice cream or yoghurt, and some crumbled biscuit.
- Remove the label from your condensed milk can.
- Place the can on its side in a large pot. Fill the pot with room-temperature water, making sure the water level is at least 5 cm above the can.
- Set the pot over high heat and allow it to come to a simmer. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 2 hours for a lighter caramel – and up to 3 hours for a darker caramel (check the pot every 30 minutes to ensure the water level stays above the can, adding boiling water as necessary to top it up).
- Using a pair of tongs, remove the can from the water and set on a wire rack to cool to room temperature (do not attempt to open the can while still hot – ouch).
- Once cool, open with a can opener.
- Peel the banana and cut in half lengthways. Fry in a pan with a knob of butter until golden and warm.
- Serve your fried bananas in a bowl with a spoonful of dulce de leche, and a dollop of yoghurt or vanilla ice cream. Garnish with some crumbled biscuits.
Unopened cans of dulce de leche can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months. Or, your dulce de leche can be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.