Friday, July 25, 2014

India


The husband and I are off to India!

If you want to see what we're up to during our trip, follow us on 

LekkerBek will be back at the end of August.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Omelette Muffins


Great as a brunch or lunch, this is one of the easiest ways to feed a crowd.

Omelette Muffins
Makes 12 small portions (serves 4)

Ingredients

6 broccoli floretts
6 large eggs
½ cup full cream milk
Salt & pepper
6 small mushrooms, cut into quarters
Feta
36 mini tomatoes
Basil pesto
Fresh basil leaves

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
Cut the broccoli into bite-sized florettes (about a ¼ of a normal florette size.)
Boil or steam the broccoli, drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
Beat the eggs and milk together and season well with salt and pepper.
Oil or spray a large muffin tray.
Place two pieces of broccoli and two pieces of mushroom in each muffin hole.
Liberally crumble feta over the broccoli and mushrooms and top with mini tomatoes.
Carefully pour the egg mix into the muffin holes until it almost reaches the top.
Bake for 7 – 10 minutes until the egg has set.
Place each omelet muffin on top of a tablespoonful of basil pesto and garnish with fresh basil.
Serve warm with a chilli sauce.

Tips:

-          Add whatever ingredients you like; bacon, sausage, baby marrow etc. It’s a great dish to use up leftovers.
-          Use only egg whites and fat free milk for a skinnier version.
-          Use mature cheddar and sundried tomato pesto as an alternative flavour combination.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quick Creamy Broccoli Soup with Feta and Fried Basil



We're obviously loving broccoli at the moment :) An easy 30 minute mid-week winter meal, perfect for meat-free Mondays.

Quick Creamy Broccoli Soup with Feta and Fried Basil
Serves 6 as a starter, 4 as a main

You will need

700 – 800g Broccoli
Fresh basil leaves (at least 6 per person)
Olive Oil
250ml fresh cream
250ml vegetable stock
Salt& black pepper
Feta

How to make it

Cut the broccoli into smaller florettes.
Steam for about 20 minutes (until just tender).
Meanwhile, shallow fry the basil leaves taking care as they sputter!
Remove the basil from the hot oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Combine the cooked broccoli, fresh cream and vegetable stock.
Using a liquidiser or stick blender, liquidise the it until the soup reaches the consistency you prefer (add more or less stock).
Season well with salt and black pepper.
Garnish with lots of crumbled feta and fried basil leaves.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Broccoli & Ricotta Bake


An easy yet impressive side to any main meal, or a tasty meat-free-Monday idea.

Broccoli & Ricotta Bake
Serves 6

You will need

1 Head Broccoli
1 tub Ricotta cheese
1 tsp fresh garlic, chopped
Smoked Salt
1 ½ - 2 cups Béchamel (white sauce)
1/ Tbls chilli flakes
Black pepper
1 cup mature cheddar, grated

How to make it

Cut the head of broccoli into bite-sized florettes.
Boil the broccoli for 2 - 3 minutes and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Mix the Ricotta with the garlic and season well with smoked salt.
Prepare the white sauce and season well with smoked salt, black pepper and chilli flakes.
Gently combine the broccoli and Ricotta mix.
Divide the broccoli between 6 medium ramekins.
Top with scoops of the white sauce until the ramekin is full and top with grated cheddar.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the mix starts to bubble and the cheese starts to turn golden.

Serve with fish cakes, chicken fillets, grilled beef or any main of your choice along with a fresh tomato and onion salad.


Monday, July 7, 2014

The Koeksister Champion 2014 is...

Ouma Rooi!

Gerda Swanepoel from Ermelo made the winning 'Ouma Rooi' koeksisters, 
she won R100 000.00 cash from Huletts.

The four finalists: Willa & Johanna Rademeyer from Sasolburg, Ursula Viljoen (her husband Nicohan is pictured) from Reitz, Gerda Swanepoel from Ermelo and Maryna Combrinck from Hendrina.

Thousands of Koeksisters were tasted and the public voted for their favourite
- congratulations Gerda!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Koeksisters Innibos


I'm at the Innibos festival in Nelspruit where the biggest Koeksister competition 
in the country is taking place. 4 Finalists, 10 000 koeksisters and R100 000.00 prize money!

If you are planning on visiting Innibos this year, swing by the kykNET-tent 
between 13:00 - 16:00 and cast your vote for your favourite Koeksister at the Huletts stage.