Beef stroganoff

beef stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff takes just 10 to 15 minutes to prepare and in a little over half an hour you can can present a truely delicious meal to meal to your family that any restaurant would be proud to serve. This is for 2 large servings which could feed 2 adults and 2 small kids. I double this up to feed 5 of us. Not for weight watchers

What you need

750 grams aged rump steak
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon paprika
A nice big chunk of butter 60grams or so
2 medium onions finely chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 packet small button mushrooms
juice of half a lemon
splash of red wine (50 ml)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 sour cream (375 ml)
a palm full of chopped chives

The process

Thinly slice the steak against the grain, mix flour and paprika together and coat the steak pieces with the mixture. Its easiest to put it in a bag amd shake it around.

In a saucepan on a medium heat, melt the butter, add the onions and garlic and stir for a few minutes or until the onions are soft.

Increase the heat to maximum and add the steak and brown the meat stirring constantly. Add the mushrooms, lemon juice and wine, stir to mix it all together, reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

Lastly stir in the tomato paste and sour cream and stir for a minute or 2 until its back up to simmer.

You are done!

Serve over pasta or rice and sprinkle with the chives.

Tomato bredie

Tomato bredie

Tomato bredie

Tomato bredie

This is really yummy and you will need a good amount of fresh bread to mop up the sauce. Try to keep a little for the next day, somehow it just tastes better the next day. it’s about as close to home style boere comfort food that you get so for those of you living outside SA, go on make it and smile when you remember this fantastic country of ours. (serves 8 people)

What you need

25 ml butter or sunflower oil
2 large onions chopped into fairly large pieces
1 clove garlic
1.5 kg stewing lamb, you can use knuckels, neck or regular stewing lamb but knuckles are seriously good.
about a teaspoon of salt
ground pepper to taste
little stock, water or wine
1/2 kg potatoes into bite size pieces
1/2 kg medium tomatoes, skinned and chopped
2 tins peeled chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
pinch of thyme
1 tsp chopped fresh marjoram

The process

Heat the butter in a large saucepan and cook the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes or until the onions are transparent.

Add the meat and brown quickly on all sides. Add the salt, pepper and a little stock, water or wine. Cover the pot and simmer for around 1 and 1/2 hours. The meat should start to feel tenter.

Add the potatoes, tomatoes, sugar, thyme and marjoram and stew for a another hour or so, let it simmer away slowly and develop into a rich tomatoey sauce.

That’s it, South Africa in a pot! Serve with loads of warm crusty bread or mashed potatoes. If you like tomato Bredie, you will also love this easy beef casserole recipe.

Spicy Chorizo

Spicy Chorizo

Cuban spicy Chorico

Cuban spicy Chorico

This has become one of my all time favorite recipes that takes about 10 minutes to prepare. I made it one day for a few mates who came over to watch the rugby and now I can’t seem to get rid of them. I first had it at a Cuban restaurant in Cape town and just could not get enough of it so had to get a recipe going and here it is!

It can be spicy or mild but I would recommend as spicy as you can handle.

Warning: You will not be welcomed by lovers who have not been eating this with you.

What you need

A couple of Chorizo, say 6 inches of chorizo per person sliced into fairly chunky slices, about 1/2 cm each.

Put a pot on the stove, add 1 tin of chopped tomatoes for every 4/5 people(with or without onion – depends how you feel) . Heat on a medium heat for a few min. Add a few cloves of crushed garlic, whole dried chilli’s to your taste and a teaspoon of paprika per tin tomatoes (smoked paprika if you have) and gently simmer it for a few minutes. Toss on the sliced chorizo and let it all simmer while you cut up a few french loaves or pita or whatever you prefer.

Spoon the mixture into a bowl and if you like it fancy like I do, chop up a few spring onions and sprinkle on top and drink up those compliments.

If you really want to make it a special experience for your friends, make this biltong recipe and the tortilla recipe.