Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Soccer Paraphernalia

We are loving all the soccer inspired products on the shelves at the moment! Here are a few of the drinks…


Nederburg 2010 Wines


BafanaBafana Wines

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Celebrating the World Cup with food!

LekkerBek has soccer fever, and to celebrate the Ghana vs. Germany game we will be serving this hearty meal to friends and family. This tomatoey one-pot rice dish is very popular in West Africa, and especially in Ghana.

Jolof Rice (with Chicken)
Serves 4

1kg Chicken Pieces, skin on
Portuguese Spice
1 ½ Cups Spekko Long Grain Rice
2 Medium Brown Onions, chopped
1 Tbls Garlic, chopped
½ Tbls Cumin powder
½ Tbls Coriander powder
½ Tbls Paprika powder
1 Chilli, chopped (optional)
1 Tbls Sugar
1 Can Copped Tomatoes
½ Can Tomato Paste
3 Cups Chicken Stock
1 Bay Leaf
1 Baby Cabbage, Shredded
70g Green Beans
Salt & Black Pepper for seasoning
Oil for frying
Fresh Coriander for garnish

How to make it
Heat oil in a large heavy bottom pot.
Brown chicken pieces, remove, dust with Portuguese Spice and set aside.
Fry onions and garlic in pot until soft.
Add cumin, coriander, chillies and fry for 1 minute.
Add tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, sugar and chicken stock.
Stir until all the ingredients are well blended then add the chicken pieces and Bay Leaf.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat.
Add rice (don’t stir the pot to much at this stage, just ensure the rice is covered with liquid).
Simmer for a further 30 minutes.
Add vegetables and cook for a final 10 – 15 minutes until the veggies are soft and the chicken comes off the bone easily.
Season to taste.
Serve with fresh coriander.

Tip: You can really make this dish your own, add beef or fish instead of chicken, and use herbs of your choice for a different flavour. You can also spice it up with more chillies if you like it hot!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

South African Favourites Beaded Basket

Selection of yummy South African goodies!

Chilli Hot Chocolate

Two Mexican classics, Chilli & Chocolate… A rich and spicy treat for cold winter nights!

Mexican Chilli Hot Chocolate
Serves 2

4 Cups Full Cream Milk
2 Red Chillies
200g Dark Chocolate
6 Tablespoons Cocoa
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
Fresh Cream

How to make it

Heat Milk with the Red Chilies and let it stand a bit for the chilli flavour to infuse.
Strain the Milk and pour back into the pot.
Reheat the Milk and melt the dark chocolate in the milk.
Mix the Cocoa Powder with a little water into a paste and stir into hot milk and chocolate.
Add some of the hot milk to the cocoa paste and whisk into the rest of chilli and milk mixture until smooth.
Bring  milk to the boil.
Stir in vanilla essence.
Pour delicious hot chili chocolate mixture into glasses and top with whipped cream.

Tip: Remember to put a spoon in the glass to absorb the heat or your glass will crack.

We decided to leave the cream, because the hot chilli chocolate was so delicious and beautiful - but it is entirely your choice.

Homemade Chakalaka

A South African staple! Great on Boerewors rolls, Pap and Beef Burgers.

Homemade Chakalaka

Serves 8 as side dishes

2 Onions, chopped
1 Green Pepper, diced
5 Carrots, diced or grated
3 Cups Cabbage, shredded
2 Tomatoes, skinned and chopped
2 Red Chilies, chopped (if you like it hot)
3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
4 tsp Fresh Ginger, chopped
2 tsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Paprika
2 tbls Sugar
30 ml White Wine Vinegar
30 ml Water
Cooking Oil
Salt and Black Pepper

How to make it

Heat a dash or more of oil in a heavy bottomed pot.
Fry onions till translucent, add garlic, ginger and chili - fry a minute or two.
Add spices and fry lightly, add carrots, cabbage and green pepper - fry until mixed with all the spices.
Add chopped tomatoes, vinegar, water and sugar.
Season with Salt and Black Pepper.
Put the lid on and let the chakalaka simmer and stew softly. (about 10 - 15 minutes)
Check your flavour, add more salt, sugar or pepper if needed.

Serve hot with your Boerewors Rolls.

Tip: Can be made a day in advance - then all the spices and flavours are even better!