Quick Banana Desert – serves 4-6

8 ripe bananas, peeled      
125 ml orange juice
& slices length wise         
60 ml warmed brandy
15 ml butter                      
5 ml cinnamon
40 ml brown sugar            
2 ml nutmeg
125 ml coconut             
1.        Preheat oven to 180*C (350*F).
2.       Grease a 20 X 20 cm glass square dish.
3.       Arrange cut bananas in the dish.
4.       Dot with the butter.
5.       Pour the orange juice over the bananas.
6.       Mix up the spices & sugar, sprinkle over the bananas.
7.       Sprinkle the coconut over the bananas.
8.       Bake for 30 minutes, pour over the heated brandy & flambé.

9.     Serve with ice cream or fresh cream.

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30 Day Fruity Bran Muffins – (makes 24 or 48)

2 extra large eggs (4)                  
1 c soft brow sugar (2)
½ c oil (1)                                      
1 c milk (2)                          
2 ½ c flour (5)                              
12 ,5 ml bicard of soda (25 ml)
2,5 ml salt (5 ml)                           
2 c bran (4)
1 c dried cake mix (2)                  
 1 c coconut (2)
1.        Preheat oven to 200*C (400*F)
2.       Grease muffin tin(s), well
3.       Sift flour, salt, bicarb together
4.       Beat the eggs till pale in colour
5.       Gradually add the sugar, beating well with each addition
6.       Add the oil while beating.
7.       Add the milk & dry ingredients alternately & mix well.
8.       Stir in the bran, cake mix & coconut. Mix.
9.       Spoon into muffin tins, ¾ full.
10.    Bake for 20 minutes until cooked through.

11.     Batter can be kept in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a month.

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Asparagus and pea soup

Ingredients

400 g fresh green (young) asparagus spears
250 ml water
30 ml butter
10 ml sunflower oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 large potato, peeled and diced
400 g frozen peas, defrosted
500 ml chicken or vegetable stock
salt and milled black pepper to taste
250 ml thick cream

Method:

Cut off asparagus tips and set aside. Chop stalks coarsely. Bring water to boil and steam stalks for 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside. Using same water, cook tips until tender (2 to 4 minutes, depending on thickness). Reserve water for soup. Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and sauté until glossy but not browned. Add potato and toss to coat with butter mixture. Add reserved cooking liquor and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until potato is tender. Add peas, asparagus stalks and a quarter of the tips. Add stock (use 2 cubes) and bring to boil, then reduce temperature and simmer for 10 minutes. Purée soup until smooth, then return to saucepan. Season with salt and pepper, reheat (but don’t allow to boil). and stir in cream and remaining asparagus tips. Serve in heated bowls, with crusty bread.

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ORIENTAL CHICKEN TENDERS CURRIED PEANUT CHICKEN

1 c. soy sauce
1/3 c. sugar
4 tsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. five spice powder
2 bunches green onion
16 chicken tenders (approx. 1kg.)

Blend soy sauce, sugar, oil, ginger and five spice powder in a large bowl until the sugar
dissolves. Stir in green onions. Add chicken tenders to marinade. Turn to coat. Cover
chicken and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Drain chicken RESERVING MARINADE. Arrange chicken in dish and bake until brown
and tender, while basting occasionally with marinade.

Another variation of the same recipe:
4 halves, skinned & boned chicken breasts
2 c. half & half
1 1/2 c. mayonnaise
3 tbsp. mango chutney
2 tbsp. dry sherry
1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. turmeric
2 c. finely chopped salted roasted peanuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken breasts in a shallow baking dish just large
enough to hold them. Pour half and half over them and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool
and cut in 1 inch cubes.
Process mayonnaise, chutney, sherry, vinegar, curry powder and turmeric in a blender
or food processor. Dip chicken pieces into the curry mayonnaise and roll in the
chopped nuts. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Arrange on a serving plate with fancy
toothpicks.

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Chicken Bread

Chicken Bread Step by Step Part 1

Step 1 – Roll out the dough into a rectangle. Brush some softened butter over it.

PS: Although the recipe doesn’t call for it, I normally dab a touch of butter to this to make it ultra-yummy.  

Ingredients for dough (I am sure the frozen puff pastry will work just as well!!)

4 cups all purpose/plain flour
1 tbsp. instant yeast
2 tbsp. powdered milk
1 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. oil
egg 1 (plus 1 for glazing)
1 tsp. castor sugar

In a bowl mix together 4 cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. castor sugar, 2 tbsp. milk powder, 1 tbsp. yeast, 4 tbsp. oil and 1 egg, knead to a medium soft dough with slightly warm water, leave to rise for 1 hour. Divide the dough into two or three depending on how big you want the loaves. Proceed with viewing the subsequent steps to see how the bread is shaped.
Step 2 – Put your filling in the center of the rectangle and make slits on both of the longer sides.

Ingredients for chicken filling

1 ½ to 2 cups chicken boiled and shredded
1 medium or 2 small onion chopped finely
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. coriander leaves
4 chopped green chilies
1 tsp. garam masala powder
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. butter
1 cup milk
Sesame seeds as required

Heat 2 tbsp. butter fry onion till soft then add 2 tbsp. flour with 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. garam masala.

Add the milk, cook till thick, mix in the shredded chicken add chopped green chilies and coriander leaves, remove and cool completely.

The filling will look like this: Creamy Chicken Filling

Step 3 – Start bringing the topmost slit ends across from each other alternately.

Step 4 – Keep going, remember to alternate, like a crisscross fashion. Left to right…right to left.

Step 5 -This is how it will look as you get further down the bread with the crossing of the sides/braiding.

Step 6 – When you reach the end, leave a tail at the bottom, just for the appearance. You can just tuck everything neatly in if you like, but I prefer to have that bit of a tail at the bottom of the loaf.  

Step 7 – Grease a tray and place your breads. The recipe says to make 2 loaves but I prefer dividing it into three and making three average sized loaves. That is up to your preference!

Step 8 – Apply egg-wash and sprinkle the sesame seeds…then bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for about 25 minutes or until done.

(Egg-wash means to beat an egg with a tsp. of water then brush it all over your bread)

Here’s a twist to the chicken bread, you can make them in baby size too…this is how they look before baking…

Final result – Voila! Enjoy your delicious chicken bread!!

Right after taking out of the oven apply butter well on whole bread and let it rest covered with a cloth for 2-3 min to soften the bread completely.

TIP: I always make big batches of chicken bread at a go and then wrap them well in cling film or foil, then put them in some sort of a cellophane bag and tie it up tight and freeze. They can keep up to 4 weeks! When you need one, you just thaw it out overnight in the fridge or keep it out on the counter until it’s thawed out, then unwrap and zap it in the micro for a minute or so until it warms up, and then splash a little bit of water using your fingertips on it and put it in the oven for about 5 minutes to freshen it back up. Becomes as good as new!

 

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