Holidays

Food Goddess ended on a high last year, we gained valuable new clients, who love what we do, and kept our good, old, faithfuls, thank you for your support! We delivered festive cup cakes (recipe and picture to follow) up until our last day, before setting off with boot loads of groceries, kittens, dogs, friends, family and lots of sun block for a well deserved holiday. My two favourite destinations, Highlands Farm, in Magoebaskloof (http://highlandsfarm.wordpress.com/tag/highlands-farm/), with my Joburg family, and then Cape Vidal, on the Natal North Coast, with my other family. It was blissful. We ate like kings, laughed till our tummy’s ached, walked, swam, ran, read, drank, caught fish, collected muscles, canoed deep sea and behaved like children. We shared camp sites with monkeys, bush buck, red duiker and groups of striped mongoose. Nothing quite like a South African holiday!
For everyone who shared food with me and requested recipes of our culinary delights, enjoy… If there are any I’ve left out, let me know, I will be happy to share.

Cup cakes:
Set oven at 190.
Sift 2 cups flour, 20 ml baking powder, pinch salt.
Beat 4 eggs with 1 cup castor sugar till fluffy.
Melt 125g butter with 1 cup milk.
Mix the flour and egg mixture and then slowly add the milk mixture.
Place into muffin sized paper cups in muffin tins and bake for 10 minutes.
I used butter icing with these and added red colour.
cup cake

Most of my holiday recipes are off the top of my head so measurements are done by tasting …
At “The Farm” we have limited electricity and cook all our dinners on a huge fire, an event we can not do without daily!
Braai paella: I used a large flat grid over the a drum braai.
Sautee about 3 chopped onions and 6 cloves of garlic in olive oil, add rice (I use arborio) and stir fry till the rice start to pop on the griddle, add about half a bottle of white wine, when absorbed you need to slowly add stock (I made a stock from the heads and shells of the prawns, if you have saffron you can add some to the stock), because it’s on a braai you need to stir it around, continue adding stock until the rice is al dente. I cooked tomatoes, prawns and calamari tubes on another section of the grilled and then added them to the rice. We also had a wedge of pancetta which I chopped and fried till crisp to add. (You can add anything you have available: muscles, chicken…) When it’s all cooked add some chopped fresh leaf parsely and paprika. Dish delish!!

highlands farm

A really good salad, that everyone loves, Thai roast butternut and sweet potato with crushed peanut brittle:

Dressing:

Sweet chilli sauce, lime juice and zest, grated palm sugar, finely choped lemon grass and finely grated fresh ginger.

Peel butternut and cut into thin wedges, do the same with sweet potato. Mix sweet chilli sauce with grated ginger, canola oil and a bit of five spice, we pan roasted them on a skottle braai, when at home I roast them in the oven till cooked. Let the sweet potato and butternut cool and add to salad ingredients, I usually use crispy leaves, coriander, spring onion, cucumber and if you have any Asian herbs like Vietnamese mint or basil. Splash with salad dressing, top with butternut and sweet potato and crushed peanut brittle.

couta

My brothers all deep sea fish on fishing canoes, I think this is great for the environment, good exercise and a thrilling way of going deep sea! We were lucky enough to have a variety of fish, Prodigal son, Couta, Skipjack tuna, Durado…
The prodigal son is my favourite, a dense fish that lives on crabs that swim on the surface of the sea. Because of it’s texture it’s great for kebabs on the fire.
I marinated the cubed fish in lemon zest, olive oil, salt and pepper, skewered it and cooked it on a hot fire, really good with lemon wedges.
The Skip Jack tuna has a deep red flesh, most of the fishermen scorned me for eating it, saying it’s no good for human consumption, how wrong they are, it’s a Japanese delicacy, we had sashimi with soy, ginger and wasabi and then I marinated whole fillets in olive oil, pepper and soy and seared them on a hot fire, still rare in the middle and served with soy, beautiful!

cape vidalBecause vehicles are no longer allowed on the beaches at Cape Vidal most of the visitors are too lazy to walk the lovely 2km beach walk to the muscle rocks, the muscles are now prolific, if you can get there when the tide is out. We had muscles every day!

Most popular were the curried muscles:
Steam the muscles in their own water till they open, shell them and dip them in beaten egg and then flour. On a hot skillet fry up some garlic and tikka paste in oil and then quickly pan fry the mussles. Serve with lemon wedges.
We also had them in the shell with:
Sauteed onion, garlic, white wine and fresh parsley with home made beer bread; and
I made a Thai Tom Yum soup, best to buy a good paste, add it to some sauteed red onion, top with chopped fresh coriander and serve with basmati rice.

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Canapes

Presented a new client with the menu below, the feedback:
“Our Marketing Manager has just tried some of your food and she said that it is the best catering in terms of taste, layout and options that she has seen and had in a long time!! :)”
Will post pictures of the big event next week…
Menu:
Black sesame crusted salmon, seared and served with a ponzu dressing and micro greens.
Smoked salmon mousse in edible cones topped with fresh dill.
Thai roasted butternut and sweet potato wedges with baby coriander leaf salad, ginger and sweet chilli dressing, topped with crushed peanut brittle.
Smoked springbok carpacio on crisp Italian bread with wild rocket, parmesan shavings and a balsamic reduction.
Fragrant Asian coconut broth served with chicken skewer.
Mini duck pancakes with hoisin and spring onion.
Caprese salad of pesto marinated bocconcini mozzarella, basil and cherry tomatoes.

Juicy strawberries.
Meringue kisses sandwiched with thick cream.
Dark chocolate andnut brownies dusted with icing sugar.

House and Leisure: House of the year awards evening

 

 

We catered for the House and Leisure house of the year awards.

 

Message from our client:

Just a massive thank you again for the stunning and delicious food. EVERYONE is still raving about it. Well done!
I look forward to working with you again in the near future. “

What a fantastic evening, beautiful venue at 3 Desmond in Kramerville. We served up a feast of delicious harvest table platters, everyone consumed with delight. See links below to the House and Leisure website and Facebook page, as well as a write up in the Sunday Times.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.houseandleisure.co.za/house-of-the-year-2012-awards-ceremony/

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.496260950404019.124438.137313142965470&type=3

Circa Gallery dinner

Gourmet dinner at the beautiful Circa Gallery.

Menu: Avocado ritz, caesar salad with quail eggs, grilled salmon, berry pavlova and chocolate and walnut brownies with fresh raspberries.

“The food was fabulous!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Lara

Buttermilk rusks

mmm these are so yummy and so easy to make. I’ve made a batch to take with us on our weekend away at ‘the farm’, in Magoebaskloof, a beautiful part of our country and always a food extravaganza.

Photo by Lara

 

Recipe

1.5 kg self raising flour

3 ml salt

10 ml cream of tartar

500 g butter

350 g sugar

500 ml buttermilk

Pre heat oven to 180C.

Sift dry ingredients. Melt butter and sugar. Add butter and sugar mixture and buttermilk to dry ingredients and combine. Shape into balls and pack into a lined baking tray. Bake for one hour. Remove, turn oven down to 50C. Break rusks up and place directly onto oven rack and leave in oven overnight to dry.

 

 


House and Leisure road show

We catered for the House and Leisure road show, what a pleasure catering for such an appreciative audience!

The feedback was very positive.”

The menu and some pictures:

Moroccan tea glasses with Greek yoghurt, home made muesli and berry coulis.

Freshly baked croissants topped with Belgian chocolate ganache and flaked almond.

Crisp rye toast topped with ribbons of smoked salmon trout and fresh dill.

Rustic freshly baked banana and pecan nut bread served with butter and honey.

Home made scones with thick cream and raspberry jam; and Parmesan, paprika and chives.

Dark rye bread sandwiches with creamed eggs and chives.

Lemon curd cream cup cakes.

Mini savoury pancakes with smoked salmon, cream cheese and quail egg.

Thai chicken satays with a tangy lime and ginger sauce.

Home made flat bread topped with wild rocket, grilled bringal, parmesan shavings and a balsamic reduction.

Short crust pastry tart filled with goats’ cheese cream, topped with fruit and micro greens.

Caramelised onion, blue cheese, walnut and thyme tart.

Chocolate and pecan nut brownies.

Mini meringues sandwiched with raspberry cream.

Brut chocolate cookies sprinkled with brown sugar.

Mini pots of chicken liver parfait with wafer thin melba toast.

Lemon meringue pie.

Berry cup cakes.

Chocolate profiteroles.

 

Sour cherry cup cakes

For the cup cake monster, Monica, on her birthday. I crushed frozen sour cherries into the butter icing for this fantastic natural pink colour and flavour.