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Fish Cakes made with Sweet Potato

Fish Cakes made with Sweet Potato

These fish cakes are just fabulous. Made with sweet potato instead of potatoes and it is the perfect meal to hide those veggies in the fish cakes giving your kids no clue that they were even in there.It is easy to put together and delivers 

Wholesome Vegetarian Tikka Masala Soup

Wholesome Vegetarian Tikka Masala Soup

This delicious and nutritious tikka masala vegetarian soup hits all the rights spots especially when the days outside are filled with an icy chill in the air. We have been having some glorious sunshine during the day here in Johannesburg but if you happen to 

An Earthy Beetroot, Sweet Potato and Basil Soup

An Earthy Beetroot, Sweet Potato and Basil Soup

How gorgeous does this soups look? Well I can guarantee that not only does it look the part, it tastes the part too. The deep, vibrant colour and earthiness from the beetroot combined with the creaminess from the sweet potato makes this a match made in heaven. There is something about a delicious bowl of soup that warms you up from the inside.

Beetroot and Sweet Potato Soup

It is another quick and simple dish to put together in no time but it is packed with warming flavours. I used warming spices that included cumin, mixed spice and garam masala that complimented the beetroot so well. The addition of the basil added freshness and brought the soup together.

I used, the McCain Diced Beetroot for this recipe, linked for ease of reference. Have you tried McCain’s Diced beetroot yet? If not, you have to, its so convenient and the best part is, all the work is done for you and you don’t have to be left with deep red hands and fingers from chopping and prepping the beetroot. Looking for more beetroot recipes? Click here for my Mackerel and Cashew Nut Salad with Beetroot Vinaigrette recipe or here for my Beetroot Ice Cream Recipe.

Beetroot and Sweet Potato Soup
Beetroot and Sweet Potato Soup

Have you made beetroot soup before? If so what spices do you add? I hope my soup recipes make it to your collection of easy go to soup recipes for those colder days.

Stay tuned for more delicious content coming your way.

Happy cooking

Pri

Beetroot, Sweet Potato and Basil Soup

Beetroot, Sweet Potato and Basil Soup

Apriena Jugoo Pummer
An earthy beetroot and creamy sweet potato soup, cooked with warming spices and balanced with the freshness of the basil. A delightful winter soup to keep you warm on those colder nights.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup, starters
Cuisine all
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 500 grams McCain Diced Beetroot
  • 600 grams McCain Sweet Potato Chunks
  • 6 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2-3 cups veg stock
  • Chopped basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat
  • Add onions and allow to caramelize
  • Once the onions are browned, add the crushed garlic, mixed spice, cumin, coriander, paprika, garam masala, cinnamon powder, salt and pepper
  • Mix well and then add the diced beetroot and sweet potatoes
  • Allow to cook on medium to high heat for about 4 minutes before adding the vegetable stock
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes
  • With a handheld blender, puree the mixture to a creamy consistency
  • If you prefer a weaker soup, add a little more veg stock
  • Season
  • Garnish with basil and enjoy
Keyword basil pesto, beetroot, comfort food, Soup, sweet potato, winter food
The Perfect Creamy Broccoli and Pea Soup- Winter food

The Perfect Creamy Broccoli and Pea Soup- Winter food

It is freezing in Johannesburg, South Africa and I can safely say that the cold weather is here and by the looks of things, it will be keeping us company for a good three months still. As I mentioned before, I love the food associated 

Peruvian Style Beef and Chips, Lomo Saltado

Peruvian Style Beef and Chips, Lomo Saltado

Have you heard of Lomo Saltado before? Well if you haven’t, then today I shall tell you a little about it. As many of you know, food is my obsession, and what happens when we are obsessed with something, it takes over and it becomes 

Moroccan Beef Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach

Moroccan Beef Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach

 

 

It is warming, it is hearty, it is filled with goodness and it most certainly is lip smacking damn delicious. Simple, economical ingredients that are paired together and simmered low and slow leaving you with tender, melt in your mouth flavours.

Moroccan Beef Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach
Moroccan Beef Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach

During the colder months, you really can’t go wrong with a stew, it really is a bowl of warmth and comfort. Although stews are easy to make, it does involve patience and most of all, love. Slow cooking the stew ensures you build all those delicious flavours resulting in a rich and deep flavour. I have opted to use chickpeas and frozen spinach, (thanks to McCain for the convenience) but you can substitute with vegetables of your choice. Serve with rice, creamy mash, couscous or crusty bread and enjoy. 

Happy cooking,

Pri 

 

Moroccan Beef Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach

Moroccan Beef Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach

Apriena Jugoo Pummer
A delicious beef stew recipe that is slow cooked rendering richness and flavour.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine African, Middle Eastern, Moroccan
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

  • Olive oil
  • 800 grams beef chuck cubed
  • 1 tablespoon flour- mixed with salt and black pepper
  • 2 small onions chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon crushed cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 – 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 tin chopped tomato
  • 2 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 400 grams McCain Garden Spinach
  • Chopped coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle the beef with the flour mixture and set aside
  • Heat a large pot on medium to high heat and add the oil
  • Brown the beef in batches and set aside
  • To the same pot, add the onions and allow to brown
  • Next add the garlic and bay leaves and cook for a minute
  • Add the crushed cloves, cumin, chili and cinnamon powder and mix well
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes – allow to cook for about 5 minutes
  • Next add in the browned beef and stock
  • Allow to cook for about an hour or so until the beef is tender
  • Add in the spinach and chickpeas and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Adjust seasoning
  • Garnish with chopped coriander
Keyword Beef, Beef Stew, chickpeas, Spinach, Stew

 

Mackerel and Cashew Nut Salad with Beetroot Vinaigrette

Mackerel and Cashew Nut Salad with Beetroot Vinaigrette

A simple yet delicious mackerel salad with a beet vinaigrette.

Spinach and Dhal Makhani – Good old Indian comfort food

Spinach and Dhal Makhani – Good old Indian comfort food

A delicious, quick indian classic

The Best Broccoli and Chickpea Falafel Recipe

The Best Broccoli and Chickpea Falafel Recipe

Broccoli is a delicious and nutritious vegetable and is often overlooked. Most people just roast or steam the luscious green vegetable but this veg can be transformed into some delicious, mouthwatering meals that even your kids will love. 

Broccoli and Chickpea Falafels
Broccoli and Chickpea Falafels

I have created this falafel recipe using frozen broccoli (McCain Broccoli Florets). Roasting the broccoli and combining with chickpeas, spices and the acidity of the fresh lemon juice makes these little balls just taste amazing! I swear, its soooooo good. Super crispy on the outside and soft on the inside

 

Broccoli and Chickpea Falafels
Broccoli and Chickpea Falafels

And the best part of these little balls is the versatility. You can use them as an alternative to meatballs- combine with a thick Sugo di Pomodoro (I learnt to make the perfect, traditional one from my Italian friend) and spaghetti or linguine for a winning combination. Have them in wraps or pita’s with tzatsiki, hummus and salad. Make a curry gravy/sauce and throw them in and have with rice or roti. Serve as starters or on platters. See there is a lot you can do with these delicious little buggers. 

Broccoli and Chickpea Falafels
Broccoli and Chickpea Falafels

Now don’t just sit there, print the recipe and get your Falafel on.

Happy cooking,

Pri 

Broccoli and Chickpea Falafels

Broccoli and Chickpea Falafels

Apriena Jugoo Pummer
Crispy, perfectly browned moist broccoli and chickpea falafels. The right amount of spice, balanced with the fresh lemon juice makes these little balls slightly addictive.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine all, Mediterranean
Servings 24 balls

Ingredients
  

  • McCain Broccoli Florets – 400 grams
  • 1 medium size red onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped roughly
  • 1 small bunch coriander finely chopped
  • 1 tin chickpea drained
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  • Roast the Broccoli for approximately 20 minutes
  • Once the broccoli has cooled, transfer the broccoli into a food processor
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except the flour and blend well until everything is finely ground
  • Add flour to help hold the mixture together
  • Heat oil in a pot on medium to high heat and once heated, scoop the mixture and form balls and drop gently into hot oil
  • Fry for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels
  • Serve hot with some garlic mayo or sauce of choice
Keyword broccoli, chickpeas, falafel, vegetarian
Mussels in Creamy Garlic Sauce

Mussels in Creamy Garlic Sauce

Wishing you a great 2019 filled with fantastic food! Happy 2019…. Growing up I never ate seafood. I love the ocean and the life that exists there, the unknown! I also had dreams of becoming a marine biologist, saving the ocean and by me not 

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pumpkin and Butter Bean Hummus

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pumpkin and Butter Bean Hummus

Don’t know about you but I when I was a kid, I was always excited about Christmas and I am happy to say that nothing has changed!

I loved waking up to a filled pillowcase left by Santa and I loved staying awake at the hope of meeting the fat guy. My mum will tell you that I gave her a tough time, insisting that I want to see the big man and have a chat with him.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pumpkin and Butter Bean Hummus

Payback is a bitch, because my 2 boys have certainly taken a page out of my book in this regard.  It was an all too familiar scene on Monday night (Christmas eve) in our home, except this time I was the mum, trying to get the boys to bed so we could get on with the wrapping of the gifts. Yes I love reading on how to be more organised but have I put that plan into action?… No!!!

I spent most of my day on Monday getting gifts for the boys while hubby entertained them at home. Over breakfast hubby and I discussed the menu for Christmas lunch and the plan for the day, which went like this…. I would go out shopping for the gifts and would give him a call when I’m almost done. He will go into the garage, open the boot (trunk) of his 1964 Chrysler Valiant so that I can hide the gifts in there. He loves old cars and the car is famous, it was used in the Madiba TV Mini series staring , Laurence Fishburne. We had to find a spot to hide the gifts because the boys have a way off sniffing out gifts, but ask them to find their swimming trunks, toys or the remote for their RC cars, suddenly the can’t see anything…. I call it ALOO eyes…. (Potato eyes…. Potatoes instead of eyes)

Valiant … note the number plate that was used in the Madiba TV Mini series

Whilst I was shopping at the mall, the boys and their dad washed and cleaned the Valiant, immaculately might I add, as it was going to be used for a friends wedding the after Christmas. So I get back from the mall and as planned I get the gifts out of my car and into the valiant boot.

Fast-forward a couple of hours. Dinner and bath time done and dusted, so I went to get on with some preps for our Christmas lunch and table. It’s approaching 10pm and the boys are asking to stay up and meet Santa…seems like dejavu!!!

Eventually we get them to bed. I get back to my table deco and hubby heads off to the garage to get the gifts. A minute later he is back empty handed. “Have you seen the Valiant keys?” he asks. Now … I have naturally big, bold eyes, so you can imagine  the gremlin staring back at him. “What do you mean, have I seen the Valiant keys?” Huffs, puffs, F78k’s !!! , This was your plan, your key, your responsibility!!!

Is this another case of Aloo eyes????

So off we both go to the garage to look for the keys and half an hour later we still can’t find them. Could the keys be locked in the boot? We searched the garden, the house, under the beds, asked the kids in their sleep, asked the cats…. Nada!!!!

So that’s it…. Santa will not be stopping by at our house…oh no can you imagine their faces tomorrow?

It’s now past 11pm. I’m searching on Google how to unlock a 1964 Chrysler Valiant trunk (boot) without a key, hubby is looking for the 3 spare keys that he just told me he “had”. I even got a paper clip stuck in the boot keyhole.  We can’t let this happen to the boys!!! As time is going and its now almost 12pm we decide to get the back seat out so that we could get into the boot to get the gifts. So after sweating and shouting and working together we did it!!!

But still no key and now we still have to wrap all these gifts.

We shouted a little and laughed a lot, opened a bottle of bubbly, wrapped the gifts, said Merry Christmas and eventually headed off to bed at around 2h30am.  Sanity restored in our home. Hubby and I received the best gift on Christmas morning when the boys told us where “they” had kept the Valiant keys.  

After the night I had, I was happy to head into the kitchen to get on with Christmas lunch.


Like everybody we eat loads on Christmas day but somehow I get bored with the side veggies.  We had the regular meat and chicken but instead of the boring veg, I decided to pimp it up a bit, after all it was Christmas. We had mussels for starters. Recipe to be posted in the new year. 

I am going to share my Roasted Cauliflower Salad with a pumpkin and butter bean hummus sprinkled with dukkah. Hands down this was the winning dish of the day!!! And oh so easy to make!

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with a pumpkin and butter bean humus sprinkled with dukkah

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pumpkin and Butter Bean Hummus sprinkled with Dukkah

800 grams cauliflower florets

Olive oil

500 grams pumpkin cubes

3 cloves crushed garlic

1 tin butter beans, rinsed and drained

1 teaspoon cumin (jeera) powder

Juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon sesame seed oil

Smoked Maldon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Good sprinkling of dukkah spice

Dressing

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Glug of olive oil

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

handful freshly chopped Italian parsley

Method
Preheat oven to 180/ 350

Combine cauliflower, salt, pepper and olive oil and spread on a lined baking tray

Spread pumpkin on another lined baking tray

Pop them both into the oven

The cauliflower takes about 20 minutes; it should be nicely browned, not charred

When the cauliflower is ready, allow it to cool

Roast the pumpkin until soft, about 40-50 minutes

Whilst the veggies are in the oven you can get on with your hummus

In a food processor, combine the butter beans, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, sesame oil and lemon juice and have it ready for the roasted pumpkin

When pumpkin is roasted add to the processor and blend until smooth or as chunky as your prefer

Check for seasoning

Combine the dressing ingredients with the cooled roasted cauliflower

Spread humus onto your plate, top with roasted cauliflower, sprinkle with dukkah from a dizzy height and make sure this side dish is seated right next to you on the table!

A Dreamy Beetroot Ice Cream

A Dreamy Beetroot Ice Cream

A luscious, creamy and striking looking dessert and the taste is going to knock your socks off. And you know what else is going to knock your socks off….. is the ingredient list, all you need is five ingredients. Yip, five ingredients and you are