Pork Steaks & Hungarian Pepper Sauce

Ingredients:
500g pork fillet
olive oil
4 bay leaves
1 carrot
1 tsp ground coriander
1 apple
4 cloves garlic
1 lemon
1 red onion
70g rocket
2 balsamic vinegar
2 colour peppers
2 tsp paprika
4 tbsp natural yoghurt
700g passata

Deseed the peppers, peel and halve the onion, trim the carrot, trim and quarter the fennel (reserving any leafy tops), then slice them all in the processor with the apple. Put 2 tablespoons of oil into the casserole pan, tip in the sliced veg, add the paprika and bay leaves, squash in the unpeeled garlic through a garlic crusher, season with salt and pepper, and fry, stirring regularly. 
Put 1 mug of rice and 2 mugs of boiling water into the medium pan with a good pinch of salt (I used quinoa for a lower calorie version). Cover and stir occasionally. Slice the pork into 8 medallions, flatten them slightly with your fist, then rub with salt, pepper, the ground coriander and 1 teaspoon of oil, then put on the griddle pan until cooked through, turning when nicely charred. 
Add the balsamic and passata to the peppers, Season to taste and bring to the boil. Sprinkle the rice with an extra dusting of paprika. Dress the rocket in the bag with the lemon juice and a small pinch of salt, then fold most of it through the sauce. Tip the sauce on to a platter, Place the charred pork on top and scatter with the remaining rocket. Drizzle with the yoghurt, scatter over any reserved fennel tops and serve with the fluffy rice. 

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 cups once mashed)
1/2 cup ricotta
1 large egg
2-3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
ROSEMARY CREAM SAUCE
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan,
pinch fresh grated nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
salt and pepper

 

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C

2. Poke a few holes in the sweet potatoes, bake for 45 mins or until soft and tender. When sweet potatoes are cooked, slice in half, allow to cool,&mash.

3. In a large bowl, mix sweet potatoes, ricotta, egg, salt, and flour. Stir mixture until just combined. If dough seems wet, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it can be formed into a ball. The dough should be sticky.

4. Generously flour a clean counter and scrape the dough out onto the counter. Cut the dough into four equal pieces. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll the dough into a rope about 1 inch thick and cut into bite size pieces. Repeat this process with the other pieces of dough and place the gnocchi on a baking sheet that has been dusted with flour.

5. To make the sauce. Heat butter in a large panover and cook until it begins to brown, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the rosemary & slowly pour in the cream. Whisk in parmesan, nutmeg, cayenne, & season with salt &pepper. Simmer the sauce for 3-5 minutes, whisking until smooth. Keep warm over low heat.

6. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the gnocchi until they float to the top and are cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. Remove the gnocchi using a slotted spoon or spider strainer and drop it right into the sauce, gently tossing to combine. If the sauce thickens up, add a splash of the gnocchi cooking water to thin it a bit.

Pan-fried ostrich steak, red wine sauce, sweet potato crisps and cauliflower mash

-thinly slice the sweet potato, dust in cornflour and deep fry in oil.
-boil half a cup of red wine and reduce. Then add a tbsp of butter and stir.
-boil the cauliflower florets til soft, drain and mash. Wrap the cauliflower in a dishcloth and squeeze the excess water out. Add some butter and season.
-season the ostrich steaks and fry until cooked til your liking.
The red wine sauce is a must when having ostrich. It goes amazingly together!

Pan Fried Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients:

2 pork chops
olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 springs of fresh sage
optional: one lemon
applesauce, mango chutney, apricot jam, maple syrup, or honey, to glaze (we used honey b/c we had it in the pantry)

To prepare your pork:
Using a very sharp knife, or kitchen scissors, carefully trim the skin off the edges of each chop – you’re going to turn this into crackling. Cut each strip of skin lengthways into 2 strips, so you end up with 4 strips in total. Use a sharp knife to make cuts every 1/4 inch along the fat remaining on the chops–this will help it render and crisp up while cooking. Rub both sides of the chops with olive oil and season really well with salt and pepper. While you’re at it, season your strips of skin. Pick the sage leaves off their stalks, toss them lightly in a little olive oil, and put to one side.

To cook your pork:
Put a frying pan over a high heat and add your strips of skin. Move them about in the hot pan and remove them when golden, crisp, and crackling. Lay both chops flat in the pan and give them 4-5 minutes on each side, turning every minute. When they’re looking golden, add a few sage leaves to the pan. Let them crisp up and cook for about 30 seconds, then remove them to a plate. Spoon a large tablespoon of applesauce (or your chosen glazing ingredient) over each chop. Keep turning the chops over so they get nicely coated. Have the confidence to cook them until almost a dark reddy-golden color and wonderfully thick and sticky. Remove the chops to a plate and let them rest for a minute or two, squeezing over a little lemon juice if you want to balance out the sweetness a bit.

Banting Seed Loaf

Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour
1 cup mixed seeds – (you can crush for a finer consistency)
60ml Psyllium husks (get at health stores or at any regular store eg. Clicks/PnP)
10ml baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt (maybe a little less as the seeds and psyllium are both quite salty)
6 eggs
1 cup of Greek Yoghurt

 

Method:
• Mix all the dry ingredients.
• Add 6 eggs and mix well.
• Add the yoghurt and mix together.
• Line a regular loaf tin with waxed baking paper.
• Pour in the mixture.
• Sprinkle seeds on top & lightly press them down.
• Bake in pre-heated oven at 180C for 55 minutes.

Piri Piri Chicken, Dressed Potatoes and Rocket Salad

Ingredients:

Chicken

4 large chicken thighs, skin on and bone in

1 red pepper

1 yellow pepper

6 sprig of fresh thyme

Potatoes

1 medium potato

2 sweet potatoes

½ a lemon

1 fresh red chilli

a bunch of fresh coriander

50 g feta cheese
Piri Piri Sauce

1 red onion

4 clove of garlic

1–2 bird’s-eye chillies

2 Tbsp sweet smoked paprika

2 lemons

4 Tbsp white wine vinegar

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

A large bunch of fresh basil

Salad

1 x 100g bag of prewashed wild rocket

½ a lemon

Extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper

Chicken

1. Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Turn the oven on to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Put a large griddle pan on a high heat.

2. Put the chicken thighs on a plastic chopping board, skin side down, and slash the meat on each one a few times. Drizzle with olive oil and season, then put on the griddle pan that is heating up, skin side down. Cook until golden underneath, then turn over. Wash your hands.
Potatoes

1. Wash the potato and sweet potatoes and halve lengthways. Put them into a large microwave-safe bowl with 1/2 a lemon. Cover with clingfilm and put into the microwave on full power for 15 minutes.

2. Turn the chicken over.

3. Spoon the crème fraîche into a small bowl. Add the egg, vanilla paste or extract, 1 tablespoon of golden caster sugar and the zest of 1 orange. Mix well.

Piri Piri Sauce

1. Peel and roughly chop the red onion and add to the liquidizer with 4 peeled cloves of garlic. Add the chillies (stalks removed), 2 tablespoons of paprika, the zest of 2 lemons and juice of 1 lemon. Add 4 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, a good pinch of salt & pepper, the bunch of basil and a swig of water. Blitz until smooth.

2. Slice the peppers into strips and add to the griddle pan. Turn the heat down to medium and keep moving the peppers around.

3. Take the muffin tin out of the oven, and use a teaspoon to press the puffed up pastry back to the sides and make room for the filling. Spoon the crème fraîche mixture into the tart cases, and return to the top shelf of the oven. Set the timer for 8 minutes.

4. Put a small saucepan on a high heat. Squeeze in the juice from the zested orange and add 4 tablespoons of golden caster sugar. Stir and keep a good eye on it, but remember caramel can burn badly so don’t touch or taste.

5. Finely chop the red chilli and most of the coriander on a board, mixing as you go. Add the feta and keep chopping and mixing.

6. Take the tarts out of the oven and move the chicken up to the top shelf to cook for around 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

7. Pour some caramel over each tart (they’ll still be wobbly, but that’s good). Put aside to set.

Salad

1. Quickly dress the rocket, still in its bag, with extra virgin olive oil, a good pinch of salt & pepper and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Tip into a bowl and take to the table.

2. Check the potatoes are cooked through, then use tongs to squeeze over the cooked lemon. Add the coriander mixture from the chopping board and mix everything together. Season, then take to the table.

3. Get the tray of chicken out of the oven, sprinkle over a few coriander leaves and take straight to the table.

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Ingredients:

2 carrots
2 sticks of celery
2 medium onions
2 cloves of garlic
800g cauliflower
olive oil
200g Cheddar cheese
2 chicken or vegetable stock cubes
salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon English mustard.

1. Dice the carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Cut the cauliflower into florets.
2. Into a large pan add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and put over a medium heat, add the diced vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes with a lid partially placed over the pan or until the carrots have softened and the onion is lightly golden.
3. Grate the cheese. Put the stock cubes into a jug and pour in 1.8 litres of boiling water from a kettle. Add to the vegetables in the pan. Stir and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or so until the vegetables are cooked.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cheese and mustard, season with salt and pepper. Use a hand blender and pulse until silky smooth – if using a liquidiser let the soup cool down, never put hot liquid into a liquidiser.
5. Top with more grated cheese and some crispy bacon (leave off for vegetarian).

Griddled Lamb Chops with a Chunky Salsa

Ingredients:

1 red chili
2 tomatoes 
1 red pepper
Bunch of basil
4-6 lamb chops
Red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper
Olive oil

– To prepare your chops and salsa:

Put a griddle pan on a high heat and let it get screaming hot. Halve your chili (deseed it if you don’t want your salsa too hot). Cut your tomatoes in half. Halve and deseed your pepper, then cut each half in two. Pick the basil leaves off the stalks and put them to one side. Drizzle both sides of your lamb chops with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
– To cook your chops and salsa:

Stand your chops upright in the hot pan so that the fatty edges are directly on the heat for about 1 minute until brown and crispy. Lay the chops flat in the pan and push them down gently for a minute or so. Add your chilies, pepper and tomatoes – cut side down – round the sides of the pan. Cook your chops for about 4 to 5 minutes in total, turning them every minute or so and pushing the meat down each time. Turn your veg over halfway through. When the veg have softened and are nice and charred, transfer them to a chopping board. When the chops are golden and crisp, put them on a plate to rest for a minute or two while you prepare your salsa. Chop the chilies, tomatoes, pepper and basil leaves (keeping a few smaller ones aside) until you get a nice chunky consistency. Put them into a bowl with a good lug of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a little splash of red wine vinegar and stir in well. Taste, and add a touch more seasoning or vinegar if you think the salsa needs it.
To serve your chops and salsa:

– Serve your chops on a bed of your lovely hot, chunky salsa. Finish by scattering the reserved basil leaves on top.

Beef Moussaka

Ingredients:

2 eggplants
Olive oil
For the mince:
750g beef/lamb mince
2 red onions
2 garlic cloves
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 glass of red wine
Salt & pepper
3 bay leaves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of cinnamon
Oregano & thyme
For the sauce:
900ml milk
120g butter
120g flour (I use almond as it’s healthier)
Pinch of nutmeg
2 egg yolks
100g Parmesan cheese

 

Method:
– Cut the eggplants into thin slices, season with salt & leave for 30 mins.
– Rinse the eggplants and fry in olive oil til lightly browned.
– In a large pan heat the olive o and fry the onions & garlic.
– Add the mince to brown in colour.
– Add the red wine and wait to for alcohol to evaporate.
– Add the tomato purée, tin of tomatoes, spices, herbs & salt & pepper.
– Bring to the boil then simmer for 30 mins with a lid on.
– For the sauce…use a large pan to melt the butter over low heat. Add the flour whisking to make a paste.
– Add the milk and keep whisking to prevent lumps.
-Stir over low heat til sauce thickens.
– Remove from heat & stir in egg yolks, salt, pepper, nutmeg & a bit of cheese.
– To assemble first layer the eggplants. Pour the meat sauce and even out. Add a second layer of eggplants, top with sauce and smooth out.
– Sprinkle with the grated cheese and bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for 45-60mins.
* Allow the Moussaka to cool down before cutting and serve with a Greek salad.