Recipe: Lasagna

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Homemade lasagna! With cottage, mozzarella, Cheddar cheese, finished in 3 tomato sauces topped with salami.

Ingredients:

.    454 grams sweet Italian sausage

.    340 grams lean ground beef

.    1/2 cup minced onion

.    2 cloves garlic, crushed

.    1 (794 grams) can crushed tomatoes

.    2 (170 grams) cans tomato paste

.    2 (184 grams) cans canned tomato sauce

.    1/2 cup water

.    2 tablespoons white sugar

.    1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves

.    1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

.    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

.    1 tablespoon salt

.    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

.    4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

.    12 lasagna noodles

.    454 grams ricotta cheese

.    1 egg

.    1/2 teaspoon salt

.    340 grams pound mozzarella cheese, sliced

.    3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
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Recipe: South African Braai

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South African Braai. T-bone steak marinated, along with Pap covered in blend of tomato, onion, sweet chilli sauce, with salads on the side. Boerie as well as a sosatie on side.

Ingredients:

  • 450 – 680 grams bone-in T-bone steak
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Boerewors
  • Bread rolls
  • Sosatie
  • Tinned tomato and onion
  • Wellington sweet chili sauce
  • Lettuce, tomato, cucumber (optional salad as a side dish)

Ingredients (pap):

  • 2 cups (500ml) water
  • 1/2 tsp (2,5ml) salt
  • 1 cup (250ml) maize meal
  • 1 Tbls (15ml) butter

Directions:

  1. Put the water and salt in a saucepan. Bring to the boil.
  2. Turn to a low heat once boiling and immediately add in the butter and the maize meal. Don’t wait for the water to cool. Mix to combine.
  3. Adjust with extra water or maize meal to the consistency of your liking.  I like it the same consistency as mashed potato.
  4. Leave to cook covered on a low heat for about 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, pan fry the T-bone steak, sosatie and boerewors. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Remember to have removed steak from the refrigerator a half-hour before cooking.
  6. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Pat steak dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Add oil to hot skillet and when it begins to smoke add steak. Reduce heat slightly and cook steak, sosatie and boerewors until browned, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer skillet to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted sideways into the steak registers 120 degrees F for medium-rare, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer steak, sosatie and boerewors to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes. Cut steak, sosatie and boerewors from the bone and carve meat across the grain. Keep them warm and set aside.
  7. 30 minutes should have passed by now, so pap should be ready. Keep pot off stove but keep it warm.
  8. Throw tinned tomato and onion into a pan and cook for 10minutes. Add some Wellington’s sweet chili sauce, as desired. Once done, set aside to drizzle on pap later.
  9. Slice up bread rolls and butter them. Place sosatie and boerwors inside.

10.    Make salad and serve.

Recipe: Triple decker tiramisu

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Triple decker Tiramisu topped off with shavings of Lindt caramel.

Note: Yields 12 squares

Ingredients:

  • 255 grams of Tennis/Marie biscuits, split
  • 1/4cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 227 grams of mascarpone cheese
  • 1 
cup whipping cream
  • 1/4
cup powdered sugar
  • 1 
teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3
cup chocolate liqueur
  • 28 grams of white chocolate baking squares or white baking bars, grated
  • 28 grams of bittersweet chocolate, grated
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chopped Lindt sensations caramel flavour (optional)

Directions:

  1. Line the bottom of an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with some of the split Tennis/Marie biscuits, cutting to fit as necessary. Drizzle half of the espresso over the biscuits and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer just until stiff peaks form. Beat in the chocolate liqueur until just combined. Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, spreading evenly. Sprinkle white chocolate and bittersweet chocolate over the mascarpone mixture. Top with another layer of split biscuits (reserve any remaining biscuits for another use). Layer with remaining espresso and mascarpone cheese mixture.
  3. Cover and chill for 6 to 24 hours. Sift cocoa powder over top of dessert. If desired, garnish with chopped Lindt caramel sensations.
  4. Cut into 12 equal squares.

Recipe: Miniature chocolate marble cakes

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Baked chocolate marble cake base covered in light vanilla whipped double cream, topped with icing sugar powdered blueberry with strawberry, glazed in strawberry sauce.

Note: Serves 4 – 6.

Ingredients:

  • 85g unsalted butter
  • 130g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 130g vanilla double cream
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 50g melted dark chocolate (I used 70% dark)
  • icing sugar powder
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • strawberry sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Butter a 4 cup circular tins and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl either in the microwave (about 30 seconds) or over a double boiler. Once melted, set aside to slightly cool.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Then add in the flour mixture little by little. Remove around 2/3 cup of the mixture and add the melted chocolate to the mixture left in the stand mixer bowl. Mix to just blend.
  5. Spoon mixtures alternatively into circular tins. Bake for around 30-40 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, whip the vanilla double cream. Wash the blueberries and strawberries, then slice up strawberries in halves. Also put strawberry sauce into a bowl, ready to pour over marble cake.
  7. Once marble cakes are done in the oven, allow to cool slightly before turning out.
  8. Spread some whipped vanilla double cream over the top of the marble cakes. Pour some strawberry sauce over the vanilla cream. Place two halves of the sliced strawberries in the centre, and line the outer circle with blueberries. Sprinkle with icing sugar powder.