Thursday, August 16, 2012

Chicken Bread

Chicken Bread Step by Step Part 1

Step 1 ? Roll out the dough into a rectangle. Brush some softened butter over it.

PS: Although the recipe doesn?t call for it, I normally dab a touch of butter to this to make it ultra-yummy. 

Ingredients for dough
4 cups all purpose/plain flour
1 tbsp. instant yeast
2 tbsp. powdered milk
1 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. oil
egg 1 (plus 1 for glazing)
1 tsp. castor sugar

In a bowl mix together 4 cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. castor sugar, 2 tbsp. milk powder, 1 tbsp. yeast, 4 tbsp. oil and 1 egg, knead to a medium soft dough with slightly warm water, leave to rise for 1 hour. Divide the dough into two or three depending on how big you want the loaves. Proceed with viewing the subsequent steps to see how the bread is shaped.

Step 2 ? Put your filling in the center of the rectangle and make slits on both of the longer sides.

Ingredients for chicken filling
1 1?2 to 2 cups chicken boiled and shredded
1 medium or 2 small onion chopped finely
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. coriander leaves
4 chopped green chilies
1 tsp. garam masala powder
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. butter
1 cup milk
Sesame seeds as required

Heat 2 tbsp. butter fry onion till soft then add 2 tbsp. flour with 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. garam masala.
Add the milk, cook till thick, mix in the shredded chicken add chopped green chilies and coriander leaves, remove and cool completely.
The filling will look like this:

Step 3 ? Start bringing the topmost slit ends across from each other alternately.

Step 4 ? Keep going, remember to alternate, like a crisscross fashion. Left to right?right to left.

Step 5 -This is how it will look as you get further down the bread with the crossing of the sides/braiding.

Step 6 ? When you reach the end, leave a tail at the bottom, just for the appearance. You can just tuck everything neatly in if you like, but I prefer to have that bit of a tail at the bottom of the loaf. 

Step 7 ? Grease a tray and place your breads. The recipe says to make 2 loaves but I prefer dividing it into three and making three average sized loaves. That is up to your preference!

Step 8 ? Apply egg-wash and sprinkle the sesame seeds?then bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for about 25 minutes or until done.
(Egg-wash means to beat an egg with a tsp. of water then brush it all over your bread)
Here?s a twist to the chicken bread, you can make them in baby size too?this is how they look before baking?

Final result ? Voila! Enjoy your delicious chicken bread!!
Right after taking out of the oven apply butter well on whole bread and let it rest covered with a cloth for 2-3 min to soften the bread completely.

TIP: I always make big batches of chicken bread at a go and then wrap them well in cling film or foil, then put them in some sort of a cellophane bag and tie it up tight and freeze. They can keep up to 4 weeks! When you need one, you just thaw it out overnight in the fridge or keep it out on the counter until it?s thawed out, then unwrap and zap it in the micro for a minute or so until it warms up, and then splash a little bit of water using your fingertips on it and put it in the oven for about 5 minutes to freshen it back up. Becomes as good as new!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Peach BBQ Sauce

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts BBQ

Grilled Caribbean Chicken Breasts

Glazed Grilled Salmon

Tex-Mex BBQ Chicken

Basic Grilled Asparagus

Cajun Grilled Chicken Breasts

Slow Cooker BBQ Pinto Beans

Grilled Chutney Chicken

BBQ Summer Vegetables & Rice

Thai BBQ Chicken Bundles

Tofu with BBQ Sauce in Pitas

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Graham Cracker Goodness

Graham cracker sandwiches are updated with a drizzle of rich chocolate and stunning sprinkles, for a guaranteed tummy-tempting treat!

Chocolatey Graham Cracker Sandwiches
  • Honey graham crackers
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Marshmallow creme
  • Chocolate almond bark or candy melts
  • Nonpareils-sprinkles
  • Quart-sized resealable freezer bag
  • Wax paper
Break graham cracker rectangles in half. Spread peanut butter evenly onto one square. The second square receives a coating of marshmallow fluff. Combine the two squares into one scrumptious sandwich, then place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Melt chocolate candy coating according to package directions. Transfer to a quart-sized freezer bag and seal tightly. Using kitchen shears, snip a tiny amount from one corner of plastic bag. In a zigzag motion, drizzle melted chocolate over graham cracker sandwiches.
Working quickly, sprinkle wet chocolate with nonpareils. Allow chocolate to harden completely before removing sandwiches from wax paper.
Serve alongside a tall glass of milk, and enjoy!
*For those who suffer from nut allergies, use fruit jam instead of peanut butter.

Cheesy Haddock & Spinach Bake

Make this balanced meal during the week using haddock and spinach topped with cheese

Serves: 4 | Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 50 minutes


  • 500 millilitre Milk
  • 40 millilitre KNORR Chicken a la King Dry Cook-in-Sauce
  • 200 millilitre grated cheese
  • 400 gram Haddock fillets
  • 300 gram Spinach, cooked
  • 40 millilitre chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 Whole potatoes, steamed or boiled


  1. Mix the milk and contents of KNORR Fresh Ideas Chicken A la King sachet until smooth and heat in the microwave or stovetop until thickened.
  2. Add 100 ml cheese to the sauce and stir until mixed through.
  3. Place the haddock in a greased ovenproof dish and spread the fish fillets with cooked spinach.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley, pour the creamy sauce over the fish and top with the remaining cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30-40 min and serve immediately with a jacket potato and a knob of Stork margarine seasoned with black pepper.

Tasty Potato Cakes

Serve up homemade potato cakes with a cooked breakfast or as a lunch snack flavoured with garlic and lemon pepper.

Serves: 4 - 6| Preparation Time: 25 minutes | Cooking Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 kilogram Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Garlic clove, crushed
  • 5 millilitre Robertsons Lemon Pepper
  • 45 millilitre Finely chopped marinated sundried tomatoes
  • 5 millilitre Finely chopped parsley
  • 125 millilitre Finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 30 millilitre KNORR Creamy Ranch Salad Dressing


  1. Boil the potatoes in boiling water until tender and drain.
  2. Mash the potato together with the remaining ingredients until smooth.
  3. Shape into patties and fry in heated oil until lightly browned on both sides.
  4. Serve with chops and salad.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Romany Creams

1 cup of icing sugar
3/4 cup of veg oil
250 grams of marvello margarine
4 1/2 cups of Plain flour
1 cup cocoa
1 cup coconut
Slab plain cadbury chocolate

With electric mixer mix first 3 igredients until stiff and creamy. Add flour, cocoa and coconut . Chill covered in fridge for 10 mins . Roll out on floured surface . Use fork and scrape lightly up and down , cut round shapes with cutter. Bake 10mins @ 190degrees. Cool - melt chocolate, spoon on bottom of biscuit and place it on other biscuit .

Makes about 40 biscuits, enjoy....

Chai Latte Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

I think I may have said a time or two how much I love single serving desserts.
Especially the ones that cook in a minute or less.
I don't really buy snack cakes or other such tempting yumminess, because then I would eat them. So I always say that I don't keep "good stuff" in the house.
But, I have the ingredients to make good stuff, and with a little effort comes cake (a sort of healthy cake, at that).
So this mug cake is actually pretty scrumptious, despite it's gross appearance.
I used a latte mix for the chai flavor and it made some foam around the cake, much like a latte ;)
Here's where I got my chai flavor:

Found these at Walmart in a pack of 8 (I think) for about 3 1/2 dollars, which is cheaper than what I would pay at Starbucks for one soy chia latte.
See what I mean about the foamy, gross appearance. Ewww in looks, but Yummmm in flavor and texture!
Make it!
Chai Latte, Chocolate Chip Mug Cake for 1
1 tbsp powdered chai tea latte mix
3 tbsp flour
3 packets of turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)*
3 tbsp almond milk
1 tbsp applesauce
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and pour into a greased (microwave safe) mug or ramekin. Bake for 55-60 seconds in the microwave & let it cool for 5 minutes.

Invert on a plate or eat it out of the mug & enjoy!

*If you don't have sugar in the raw, use 3 tsp of regular sugar or 2-3 Splenda packets, to taste.

Sea Salt Chocolate Cherry Cake

Some days are chocolate cake days.
When you drop your stud earring on the floor, then step on it thumb tack style. That’s a chocolate cake day.
When you leave your keys in your car and the engine running and it takes you like half-an-hour to realize it and run back outside in a panic. Um, chocolate cake day.
When your boss is out of town and the phone rings about 20 times. And every time it’s him. Yeah, get you some chocolate cake for that day.
All of these are possible reasons why you need to shove this cake in your face.
But you don’t really need a reason.


1-Minute Sea Salt Chocolate Cherry Cake

Serves 1
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp + 1 tsp cocoa
Pinch salt
¼ tsp baking soda
3 tsp sugar (or more if you want it sweeter)
1 tbsp oil (I used vegetable oil)
3 tbsp milk (I used almond milk)
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2-3 chopped (and pitted) Bing cherries
2 squares of salted dark chocolate, chopped
Mix all this stuff together & pour in a greased coffee mug. Microwave for 50-55 seconds. Cool for a few minutes and either eat it out of the mug or invert it on a plate. Enjoy!

100 Ways to Use an Apple

It’s hard to believe it, but September is already here, which means apple season is ripe for the picking. But this year, don’t think just apple pie and apple sauce. Think apple jelly and apple pizza. Apple soup and apple grilled cheese. If you must, go ahead and think apple pie, but at least top it with bacon.

From Endless Simmer and all our favorite blogs around the web, check out 100 ways to use an apple.
Click on the photos for full recipes.

100 Ways to Use an Avocado

It’s no big secret that we like avocados here. Okay, we don’t like them, we’re obsessed with them. So you can imagine my shock and outrage when I realized we had never compiled a 100 Ways for avocado. I had to remedy this immediately. So here it is: 100 ways to cook one of the greatest gifts nature has bestowed upon the human race. There’s so much more to this majestic fruit than just guacamole (although we have some uniquely great guac recipes in this roundup, too). And just in time for Cinco De Mayo! You’re welcome.

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Click on the photos for full recipes.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mushroom, biltong and cheddar loaf

[Makes  1 loaf]

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
250g Portabellini mushrooms, sliced
180g self-raising flour
½ tsp cayenne pepper
3 jumbo eggs
¼ cup buttermilk
80g beef biltong, chopped
100g cheddar, grated
Sea salt and ground black pepper
1. preheat the oven to 180°C. heat the butter and olive oil in a pan until the butter has melted. add the mushrooms, cook until all the liquid has evaporated. season well.
2. sift the flour into a bowl. add the cayenne. in a jug, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. add the liquid to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. stir through the biltong, cheese and mushrooms.
3. grease a 23cm loaf tin. spoon the mixture into the tin; bake for 35–40 minutes. allow to cool in the tin before turning out. serve with tomato salad.

Piesangbrood Poeding

750 ml warm melk

600 ml sagte witbroodkrummels [grof gekrummel]

300 ml suiker

250 ml piesangmoes [ongeveer 4 piesangs, fyngedruk]

50 ml appelkooskonfyt

2 ml vaniejegeursel

1 ml sout

4 eiers

Strooi broodkrummels in ‘n vuurvastebak.

Meng die res van die bestanddele en klits goed.

Gooi oor die broodkrummels.

Mikrogolf op 50 % krag vir 30 minute.

Sprinkel met kaneelsuiker.

Bedien warm met vla.



500ml Amasi or Buttermilk

1 tin condenced milk

2 pkts vanilla instant pudding

250ml fresh cream

1 pkt tennis biscuits

Crush tennis biscuits to crumbs and mix with a little bit of melted butter.

Use this as a base for your tart.

Mix al the other ingredients together and pour on your tennis biscuit base.

Put in a fridge for about 30 to 45 minutes before serving.

Serving suggestion: neem nog n 250ml room en klits dit styf. Smeer dit bo oor die tert, lekker dik en maak mooi met cherries of rasper sjokolade daaroor. Dit lyk sommer duurder en smaak baie lekker!

3 Super-Healing Summer Juices

Who doesn’t love a glass of fresh juice on a hot summer day? These three recipes are not only thirst-quenching and delicious, they’re also cleansing and healing. Enjoy!
Body Cooler
This delicious juice helps to cool your body temperature while quelling inflammation and pain. The celery contains many anti-pain and anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 apple, cored
Juice all ingredients in a juicer. Drink immediately.
Blood, Liver, and Kidney Cleanser
Dandelion is useful for cleansing the blood, kidneys, and liver. When added to apple juice it makes a great green-colored cocktail.
  • 3 apples
  • handful of fresh dandelion leaves (if you are digging them yourself, be sure to obtain organic dandelion where there has been no spraying and far removed from traffic areas.
Pass all ingredients through a juicer. Drink immediately.
Note: Be aware that dandelion is a natural diuretic and should not be mixed with diuretic medications.
Citrus Cocktail
The grapefruit and lemon help break down fat stores and make your body chemistry more alkaline. The orange adds more vitamin C and sweetens this juice.
  • 1 orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup water
Juice all ingredients with a citrus juicer or peel the ingredients and blend together with water in a blender. Drink immediately.
Adapted from The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Spanakopita (Spinach Pie)

Serve as a main dish, or it’s easy to take on a summer picnic. It is decadent and healthy at the same time. We load ours with extra spinach, spices and three different types of cheese, which adds flavor and great texture. The filo encases it with a light flakiness that complements the spinach interior perfectly. This dish is not as difficult as it looks to cook and is so worth the effort!
Spinach filling:
  • 2 ½ cups (packed) frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon basil, dried
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano flakes
  • ¼ cup olive oil, for spinach mixture
Filo crust:
  • 9 sheets filo (13”x 18” size)
  • Olive oil for brushing
1. Defrost filo in fridge overnight. Remove from box and lay flat. Cut in half horizontally. In an 8”x8” pan, lay down one sheet in pan and brush with oil. Lay second sheet in the opposite direction and brush with oil. Repeat until you have used 9 half sheets.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Squeeze excess water out of spinach. (You can use a clean kitchen towel for this by placing a handful of spinach in the towel, gather the four corners together and then twist the bottom where the spinach is to release the water.)
4. Sauté onion in ¼ cup of olive oil in frying pan. Cook until tender. Add spinach, seasonings and lemon juice and continue to cook on medium low heat until spinach is loosened up and combined with onions about 10 minutes. Cool slightly, so the spinach won’t cook the eggs.
5. In a bowl or a mixer, combine eggs, cheeses, flour and spinach mixture. Mix well.
6. Transfer spinach mixture to filo pan. Spread evenly.
7. Repeat filo brushing like (same as in Step 1) but now on top of the spinach mixture. Once you have completed brushing the remaining 9 sheets, use kitchen scissors to cut excess dough that is hanging from the edge of the pan.
8. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, uncovered, until filo puffs up and browns.
9. Take it out of the oven and marvel at your creation – looks very fancy in the pan! Allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes, and then cut in pieces and serve.
Serves: 6
Total cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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Lemon Pudding Cake


Easy cake recipes are not usually also quick easy crock-pot recipes, but this delicious cake recipe combines the tastiness of cakes with the ease of crock-pots. Use your crock-pot to make a sweet and tangy cake.


3 large eggs, separated

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 tablespoon butter

1 1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, set aside.

2. Beat egg yolks and blend in lemon peel juice and butter and milk.

3. Combine sugar, flour and salt and add to egg milk mixture beating until smooth. Fold into beaten egg whites.

4. Spoon into crock-pot. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours.

Sugared Nuts


Use quick easy crock-pot recipes to learn how to make candied walnuts. This recipe for glazed Walnuts are one of the best crock-pot recipes around. Easy recipes for a slow cooker do not get more flavourful than this recipe.

Serves: 4


1 pound walnut pieces

8 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


1. In a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker, stir the walnuts and butter until combined. Add the confectioners' sugar, stirring to coat evenly.

2. Cover and slow-cook on high for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and slow-cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the nuts are coated with a crisp glaze, about 2 hours. Transfer the nuts to a serving bowl.

3. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, ginger, allspice and cloves. Sift the spices over the nuts, stirring to coat evenly. Cool the nuts completely before serving.

Apple-Nut Cheesecake


Need some new quick easy crock-pot recipes for dessert? Why not give this simple cheesecake recipe a try. Friends and family will love this recipe for plain cheesecake. It's an easy to make cheesecake that avoids the oven.


1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoon sugar

3 tablespoon butter, melted

1/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts

16 ounce cream cheese

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

3 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon corn-starch

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 large apple, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon finely chopped pecans or walnuts


1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon and butter; pat into a 7-inch spring form pan.

2. Beat granulated white sugar and brown sugar into cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, whipping cream, corn-starch, and vanilla. Beat for about 3 minutes on medium speed of a hand-held electric mixer.

3. Pour mixture into the prepared crust.

4. Combine apple slices with remaining sugar, cinnamon and nuts; place topping evenly over the top of cheesecake.

5. Place the cheesecake on a rack (or "ring" of aluminium foil to keep it off the bottom of the pot) in the crock-pot. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

6. Let stand in the covered pot (after turning it off) for about 1 to 2 hours, until cool enough to handle. Cool thoroughly before removing pan sides. Chill before serving.

Apple Streusel


If you need quick easy dessert recipes, then look no further because this quick easy crock-pot recipe is just what you need. This-easy-to-make dessert recipe is perfect for beginners and a great use for the slow cooker.


8 tart apples, peeled and sliced

1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 cup milk

2 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cup Bisquick

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoon cold butter or margarine


1. Toss apples in large bowl with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Place in crock-pot.

2. Combine milk, softened butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and 1/2 cup Bisquick. Spoon over apples.

3. Then combine the 1 cup Bisquick and brown sugar. Cut the cold butter into mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over the top of the apple mix in the crock-pot.

4. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or until the apples are soft.

Apple Cranberry Compote


Fruit compote can be served as a dessert, a topping for grilled meat, or as a meal unto itself. This fresh fruit compote is one of the most delicious recipes out there.


6 cooking apples, peeled and sliced

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup port wine

sour cream, to taste


1. Arrange apple slices and cranberries in crockpot. Sprinkle sugar over fruit. Add orange peel, water and wine. Stir to mix ingredients.

2. Cover, cook on low 4-6 hours, until apples are tender. Serve warm fruits with the juices, topped with a dab of sour cream.

Apple Brown Betty


Having a crowd over for dinner but don't have time to bake? Throw this Apple Brown Betty into the crock-pot and have dessert piping hot just as your guests finish their meals.

Serves: 5

Cooking Time: 2 hr 30 min


4 cup small bread cubes (1/2 inch thick)

1/2 cup butter/margarine, melted

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

4 cooking apples, peeled and chopped


1. Mix bread cubes with butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar.

2. Arrange in alternate layers with apples in crock-pot.

3. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours or until apples are tender.

4. Serve warm with cream, hard sauce or ice cream.

Apple and Ginger Crumble


Apple and ginger crumble is a delicious dessert that requires no effort and no baking skill. Throw everything into your crock-pot and a few hours later you will have a warm, gooey dessert perfect with ice cream.

Cooking Time: 6 hr


4-5 cooking apples, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup flour

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

75 gram butter


1. Lightly butter the crock-pot and place apple slices on the base.

2. Combine sugar, flour, rolled oats, ginger and nutmeg and cut in butter, using a pastry blender or knife. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples.

3. Cover and cook on low or auto 5-6 hrs.