Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mini pizzas

A new recipe that I tried recently - quick, easy and delicious!  The recipe is from Yuppiechef

Easy eating deep dish mini pizzas


Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Makes: 12
6 flour wraps or 12 mini wraps
100 g mini salami bites, thinly sliced
60 ml passata (I used olive pasta sauce from Woolies)
½ tsp dried oregano
1½ cups grated mozzarella
6 baby tomatoes, halved (I used olives)
± 2 Tbsp basil pesto

For the garnish:
Fresh basil leaves
¼ cup parmesan shavings (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Using a 10 cm cup or ramekin, cut circles from the flour wraps to make 12 in total.
3. Lightly grease a muffin tray with a little olive oil and line with the little wraps.
4. Mix passata and oregano use it to line the base of each wrap.
5. Fill each one with mozzarella and sliced salami.
6. Top with a halved tomato and a dollop of basil pesto.
7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the filling is golden and the bases are firmly set.
8. Serve garnished with fresh basil leaves and parmesan shavings.

You don’t have to stick to the same filling for all the pizzas. Mix up the salami bites with chopped ham, diced chorizo or even feta.

I’m not a fan of wasting food, so if you’re wondering what to do with the offcuts from the wraps you can totally turn them into nachos. Cut the wraps into bite size pieces, drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Pop them in the oven at 200°C until crispy and serve with a generous amount of sour cream and guacamole.

The pizza case was very crispy and easily held the filling. 
I will definitely make these again

Friday, October 9, 2015

Tierlantynkies Market

The 2014 Tierlantynkies Market in Pretoria was fantastic, so Leonie and I decided to go again this year.  It was not as good, with a lot less vendors and stalls than last year. 

we ate waffles on a stick - yum!

I'm always blown away by the creativity and entrepreneurship of the South Africans who hand make items and sell them at markets.  All I bought was a few beaded Consol glass jars as Christmas gifts, which I will fill with teaspoons and cake forks.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Around here

August in South Africa was very warm, unseasonably so.  Spring starts in September down here in the southern hemisphere, yet it was a very cold month in Johannesburg.
And now ... I'm starting to open up the windows, the day time temperature are heating up quickly, and although it's still quite cold at night, it's official - spring is here.  There's a lot going on in my garden


Friday, October 2, 2015

Masterchef restaurant

As my 50th birthday year draws to a close, I'm focusing on doing a few different things.  I don't eat out a lot but when I do, we usually go to the same places.  For a change, my friend Cathy and I booked to go to Aarya in Montecasino, the restaurant opened by the first South African Masterchef winner - Deena Naidoo.
Before we met for dinner, I went to see the Pieter Dirk Uys show (it was excellent) and then met Cathy for dinner at Aarya's.
Disappointed summarises the experience.  The restaurant was very empty with few tables set up for service - it was very strange.  The food was good, but nothing special that we couldn't get at one of our regular favourite restaurants.  We shared a lamb rack and pork ribs - delicious but nothing mastercheffy about it.  The only menu items which could possibly be classified as signature dishes were the curries, but it was too hot to order curry. 
Cathy, Deena Naidoo and I

Cathy's caramel chocolate dessert was delicious

My lemon cheesecake was far too sour and I gave up half way, disappointed.  This lemon-lover could not eat the horribly tangy cheesecake


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Heritage Day

Heritage day in South Africa is celebrated on 24 September each year.  The original day was in celebration of a long-ago battle between the Boers and the Zulus, but in a democratic country, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.
I spent the day quietly at home with Ruby - I did Bible Study and art journaling for most of the day.  In the late afternoon, I lit the braai fire and grilled some wors and lamb chops, which I had with naan bread and salad.  And an ice cold beer shandy (beer and lemonade).  I had the leftovers for lunch the next day.  It was a good day.

This 50-year old makes a kick-ass fire! 

I braaied, she slept