Recipes

Classic Creamy Beef Stroganoff

classic creamy beef stroganoff

With the weather getting chillier; we are all craving hearty and comforting food. And there is nothing better than my quick and easy classic creamy beef stroganoff to bust the hunger with hearty goodness.

My take on this classic meal is a one pot wonder and will literally takes 30 minutes to prepare. Made with tender beef strips, chunky mushrooms in a creamy mushrooms sauce will definitely satisfy your taste buds.  Packed with delicious flavours you can serve it on its own or with pasta, rice, couscous or creamy mashed potatoes.

This recipe is in partnership with Denny Mushrooms which is a proudly South African brand for 30 years. This Denny inspired meal is a perfect weeknight dinner winner for the entire family. 

Classic Creamy Beef Stroganoff

 

Classic Creamy Beef Stroganoff

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Hearty, creamy and packed with delicious flavour

Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serve: 4

Ingredients

30ml olive oil
800g beef stirfry or steak strips
1 large onion cut into half rings
1 green pepper cut into thin strips
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
1 sachet Denny Creamy Mushroom Cook-In-Sauce
2 punnets (250g) Denny Button mushrooms (chunky slices)
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic and herb spice
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Steak and chop spice for seasoning

Directions

Season the beef strips with steak and chop spice.   Heat oil in a frying pan or pot over medium heat.  Add beef strips and sauté on a medium to low heat until brown Note don’t brown over high heat as this will make the eat tough.  Remove from pan or pot and transfer to a plate. Cover with tin foil and allow to rest. Add onions to pan or pot with onion powder. Sauté gently, then add green pepper and garlic. Sauté until the onions are golden brown and the green pepper soft. Add sliced mushrooms, season with salt, pepper and garlic and herb spice and cook until brown. Return beef to the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Add Denny Mushroom Creamy Mushroom Sauce and cook until it starts to bubble. Serve and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.



 


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Homemade Cheese and Onion Bread

Cheese and Onion Bread

There is nothing more satisfying than a slice of freshly baked homemade bread with a sliver of butter. Bread is one of the great joys of life. In fact, bread is life. Unless of course you have specific health issues or following a strict low-carb diet. All I can say is that you are missing out. 

The whiff of homemade bread that hovers in the kitchen as it bakes will make you salivate. And it is even more satisfying if you baked it yourself from scratch. (more…)


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Hearty Creamy Chicken Corn Soup

hearty creamy chicken corn soup

We almost heading towards the end of winter but with the cold weather still lurking around there is nothing better than hearty chicken and corn soup. It just warms your soul when you taste it. Unlike other soups that takes hours to boil, this recipe is super quick and easy to prepare.  I have added my own twist to this recipe just to spice it up a little bit and to give it a bit of a kick.

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Cranberry, Apricot and Pistachio Biscotti {Sweet, Crunchy and Deliciousness in every bite}

cranberry apricot pistachio biscotti sweet crunchy deliciousness bite

Hi lovelies! Are you in the mood for baking this weekend and looking for something to stock up your cookie jar? Then I have just the recipe for you.

Let just say I’ve got a new baking craze and that is for biscotti biscuits. My new little obsession started when we visited White Water Farm during the holidays. With the complimentary coffee and tea, there was also delectable biscotti biscuits. It was so lovely that we couldn’t help but dig in.

Twice-baked biscuit cookie is the definition of the word “Biscotti”. It is exactly that, baking it twice to make it crunchy. Although the modern Biscotti, also known as Cantucci is associated with the Tuscan regions of Italy, the origin of this biscuit go as far back as the Roman times.

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Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

simple vanilla cupcakes

Baking is one of the things I love to do when I have time of course. Cupcakes is my favorite thing to bake. It is quick, no fuss and always flop proof. Flop proof in a sense that I never over mix my batter. Besides it being the easiest thing to bake, the end result is always different. Although the recipe and method stays the same, you can decorate it to look different every time. It can also be filled with caramel, fruit and chocolate spread.

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Oreo Chocolate Dessert

Oreo Chocolate Dessert

Oh my goodness, this Oreo Chocolate Dessert is the bomb. A perfect dessert to end off the last of those summer days. It is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.

I wanted to create something different from the usual summer desserts I always make. I then just slapped a few ingredients together and created this masterpiece. A delicious dessert that was indeed a crowd-pleaser. Not too rich and made every one come back for more.

Oreo Chocolate Dessert

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Delicious and easy to make, perfect for those hot summer days.

Prep time: 10 min

Ingredients

1 1L Ultra-Mel Custard
2 Packets Oreo Cookies
2 Packets Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
150g Slab Chocolate (flavour of your choice)
100g Blueberries
100g Raspberries

Directions

Place the Oreos in a large ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin. You can also use a food processor but it must not be fine crumbs.
Mix your instant chocolate pudding mix as per the instruction on the box.
Layer a large glass trifle bowl with crushed Oreos. Followed by the instant chocolate pudding mix then the custard.
Repeat these layers right to the top of the bowl.
Place in the refrigerator.
Before serving top with blueberries, raspberries and roughly chopped chocolate.


 


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Flippin’ Good Flapjacks

flippin' good flapjacks

My flippin’ good flapjacks will make you come back for more. This no-fail recipe takes little effort. It is super easy to make and takes less than 5 minutes to make the batter.

Flapjacks are most probably the ultimate comfort food and inexpensive. Delicious all year round and could be served for breakfast, as a snack or dessert.

Enjoyed either sweet or savoury with it’s endless possibilities of toppings.

Flippin' Good Flapjacks

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Delicious all year round and served either plain, sweet or savoury.

Prep time: 5 min plus 20 min to rest

Cooking time: 10 min

Ingredients

    • 1 cup cake flour
    • 2 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup milk
    • 3 tbsp butter, meltd

    Directions

    • Sift the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
    • In a separate bowl, beat egg, milk and butter until blended.
    • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and beat well using a whisk.
    • Do not be alarmed if batter looks lumpy. Cover with clingwrap and let the mixture rest for 20 min.
    • Lightly grease a large pan and place on medium heat.
    • Add 2tbsp of batter per flapjack and cook until bubbles form and brown.
    • Turn the flapjacks and cook on the other side until nice and brown.
    • Serve with toppings of your choice.


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Chilli Con Carne Recipe

Chilli Con Carne Recipe

This chilli con carne recipe has slightly been adapted by my husband and is based on Jamie Oliver’s Recipe. It has become one of my favourite dishes. This spicy dish is delicious and if you want to make it slightly mild for kids to eat – hold on the chillis.  A healthy alternative to your usual mince meal. It is a one pot wonder. Best served with a baked potato or nachos, sprinkle of grated cheese or gaucamole.

Chilli Con Carne

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A spicy Mexican dish best served with a baked potato or nachos.


Prep time: 15 min

Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients

    • 2 medium onions, chopped
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • 600gr lean beef mince
    • 4 chopped chillies (deseed if you serving to kids)
    • ½ tsp chilli powder
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 2 celery sticks, chopped
    • 3 large carrots, chopped
    • 1 can chopped tomatoes
    • 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped
    • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
    • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 1 can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
    • salt and pepper to season
    • ½ bunch fresh corriander

    Directions

    • Place a large non stick pot over a medium heat on the stove. Heat the oil.
    • Add chopped onions,carrots, celery, chillies, red peppers, garlic, cumin, cinnamon and season with salt and pepper.
    • Cook for 10 minutes.
    • Then add tomatoes, black beans, red kidney beans and 300ml water and cook for 5 minutes.
    • Add the lean beef mince.
    • Cut the coriander stalks and add with the balsamic vinegar.
    • Season with salt and pepper.
    • Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 45 minutes with lid slightly adjar.
    • Serve on a baked potato, nachos or rice, sprinkle with cheese and chopped coriander.

 

 


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Creamy Sago Pudding

Creamy Sago Pudding

Winter is a time for comfort foods and there is nothing more delectable than having a warm dessert. My mom’s creamy sago pudding is definitely a winter favourite. Served with custard this winter dessert is on my list of comforting desserts along with chocolate, bread and butter, apple crumble, sticky toffee and ginger pudding.

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Campfire Macaroni & Cheese

This is the perfect recipe for those winter camping days or nights.  Nothing better than having comfort food when it is cold outside.  My girls love pasta and I tried this when we went camping and it was a hit.

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