Brown Sugar Sticky Wings

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Brown Sugar Wings

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These chicken wings are surprisingly delicious for how few ingredients are involved! They also are a great alternative for those people that don’t like hot and spicy wings. I think the brown sugar adds a greater depth of flavor than honey. Next time I am going to double the recipe because these didn’t last long.

Ingredients:
– Eight chicken wings
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 4 tsp portuguese chicken spice (or spice of your choice)
– Water

Method:
Cut wings into pieces. Wash the chicken wings and dry as much as possible. Season the pieces with spice/portuguese chicken spice.
Then, in a saucepan, combine brown sugar with a bit of water and bring to a slow simmer until sugar is completely dissolved and ‘syrup-like’. Gooi wings into a pan and cook on low heat (turning them every 5 mins or so) until they turn golden brown.

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* IMPORTANT: Due to the hot cooked sugar, chicken will be extra hot; be careful and let it sit for at least 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Beef Curry

Beef Curry
Beef Curry

Okaaay…I posted this photo on one of the social media cooks groups, the purpose was to share the Olive & Mushroom Mac-Salata, but instead, people kept asking for my beef curry recipe. This is one of my favs curry recipes. You wiill come to realize how easy it is to make such a flavourful curry dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg steak, cut it into cubes
  • garlic & herb spice
  • black pepper
  • 2tsp curry paste masala
  • 4 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 5 tbsp tomato sauce
  • handful curry leaves
  • 4 tsp paprika

Method

Cut the beef into cubes, put it into a bowl and season with garlic & herb and pepper. Add curry paste masala, plain yoghurt and a good dash of olive oil, season and toss to coat. Cover with cling wrap and marinate for as long as possible.

Heat olive oil. Add the onions, garlic and a little seasoning followed by paprika, stir, then cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until onions are soft, lifting the lid to give the mixture a stir a few times.

Now add the beef to the onions along with curry leaves, stir over a medium-high heat for a few minutes. Cover the pot with a lid, stirring occasionally, cook until the meat is tender. And then add tomato sauce, stir and cook for 5 more minutes.

Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata

Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata
Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata

If you’re a pasta lover like me; I promise that you will be smitten over this salad. Easy to make and doesn’t take long to prepare too.

Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 250g macaroni
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g mushrooms
  • 1 green & 1/4 red pepper (sliced into strips)
  • 1 packet black olives
  • 500g country mixed vegetables
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp lemon & herb spice
  • black pepper
  • water (for boiling macaroni)
  • A drizzle of balsamic vinegar

Method:

Boil macaroni on medium heat for 15mins or until ready.

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Drain water and set aside.

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I started with boiling macaroni because this is a cold salad.

When done with macaroni, heat oil a bit. Please note that Olive oil mustn’t be too hot or it will lose it’s nutrients. Now fry mushrooms, peppers, mixed vegetables and add minced garlic and cook for 8-10 mins.

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As we all know, veggies musn’t be overcooked otherwise they will lose their juicyness and crunchiness :). Stir and set aside to cool.

Now add macaroni to your veggie mixture, season with lemon & herb spice and black pepper and stir.

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When it’s cool enough, add black olives, drizzle balsamic vinegar and serve.

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Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata
Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata

You can also have it with relish if you want.

Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata and relish (beef curry)
Olive & Mushroom Mac-salata and relish (beef curry)

Mashed Potato, Sticky Drumstics & White Sangria

Mashed Potato, Sticky Drumstics and White Sangria
Mashed Potato, Sticky Drumstics & White Sangria

Potato mash is my weakness. If it was possible for me I’d eat it everyday, but then…you know what they say…too much of anything is not good.

This is my favourite way of making it.

Potato Mash

Ingredients:

  • 4 peeled medium potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup milk (or more)
  • 1 cup grated cheese

Method:

Boil potatoes until you can easily poke through them with a fork. Drain water and place the steaming hot potatoes into a large bowl. Add all the other ingredients and beat/mash until smooth.

Sticky drumsticks: See my previous sticky wings post

White Sagria

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  • 2 cups white wine Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp syrup

Method:

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Let the sangria sit in the fridge for at least an hour or more. The sangria sweetens with time, so the longer it sits, the better.

Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are the easiest, quickest meal you could ever make and stuff your face with without feeling any kind of guilt as they are very low in carbs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 500g chicken strips
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • cheese, sliced/grated
  • lettuce leaves
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Method:

Plunge strips into salted water, stir in garlic and cook over medium heat until cooked through. Season with pepper. (You can fry your strips if you like).

To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the strips into the centre of a lettuce leaf, shwarma-style and add sliced onions, tomatoes and cheese.

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Sweet-Chilli Sticky Wings

Sweet-Chilli Sticky Wings
Sweet-Chilli Sticky Wings

These are not only fun to make, but also wonderful to eat. I made these for a bring and share party we had with colleagues from America. And boy, if you thought South Africans loved meat, you surely haven’t met Americans! I regretted why I didn’t make more as they kept asking for “some-more” haha 😀

Here’s the complete recipe of my Sweet-Chilli Sticky Wings:

Ingredients

  • 20 chicken wings
  • 1 1/2 cup spare rib marinade
  • 1/2 cup extra hot sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Method

Preheat oven to 180C. Line the bottom of a roasting pan with foil/baking paper.

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Grab a spoon to help coat the wings. Gooi everything into the pan (but leave some sauce to baste the wings with), keep turning and basting the wings until the skin is sticky and wings cooked through (about 40-45 minutes). It’s up to you if you want to skewer the wings first and then pour the sauce over!

Serve with green salad (optional).

Oats, Grapefruit and Lemon-Mint Parfait

Oats, Grapefruit and Lemon-Mint Parfait
Oats, Grapefruit and Lemon-Mint Parfait

The Oats, Grapefruit and Lemon-Mint Parfait is a healthy breakfast dish that makes the best use of fruits.

Many of us find consuming oats boring, but when you make oats into a Parfait and mix it with fruits; you will see a different light to oats. Most people would prefer cooking the oats first. Well…I like mine raw and crunchy :).

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp plain oats
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 slices of grapefruit, peeled
  • 5 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 slice of lemon

Directions

Spoon the oats into a glass or bowl. On the side, mix chopped mint leaves, grapefruit and lemon juice (squeezed from the lemon slice) with plain yogurt and pour this mixture over the oats.

Serve Oats, Grapefruit and Lemon-Mint Parfait immediately for a quick and healthy breakfast.