Slow cooked mutton curry with garam masala

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Friends of ours recently returned from a trip to India and brought me back some spices, including garam masala for mutton. I decided to use the spices immediately and invite them over for a meal to taste. This is such a quick and easy recipe. Not too hot but incredibly flavourful. I served it with rice and chutney. If you cannot find mutton, no problem, simply use lamb instead.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg / 2lbs leg of mutton cut to bite-sized pieces
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 1/2 cm / 1″ piece ginger, roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 heaped tsp kashmiri chilli powder (or mild paprika)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • Pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Pinch garam masala powder
  • 2 green chillies, slit lengthwise (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint leaves

Preparation:

Mix the garlic and ginger to a coarse paste and add to the lamb
Stir well and set aside for an hour or overnight if you have time
In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan heat the oil on a medium heat
Add the marinated lamb chunks and fry for 5-6 minutes stirring well to seal
Add the sliced tomatoes and cook for a further 8 minutes
The tomatoes will begin to break down and soften
Add the onions and chilli powder and stir well cooking for a further 3 minutes
Season to taste
Lower the heat and simmer with the lid on for 30 minutes stirring occasionally
In a bowl mix together the Greek yogurt with the ground spices: coriander, turmeric, cumin
Add this to the lamb and stir well
Continue simmering on a low heat and with the lid half over the pan for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally
Turn the heat off and while it’s still warm add the garam masala, chillies if using, coriander and mint
Enjoy!

Steaks with bacon mushroom sauce

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The picture unfortunately does not do the meal justice, But, believe me it was delicious. And there is a good reason for the quickly executed photo – it was 35 degrees in the shade at 19h and I did not want to wait around as everything, including me, was melting. Not, that steak can melt, of course, but I am sure you get the picture.

I used faux filet, about 2 1/2cm thick (1 inch) from my butcher but any good steak would work.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

marinade
2 tablespoons (30ml) mustard powder
2 tablespoons (30ml) braai / barbecue spice
1/4 cup (60ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
meat
4 faux filet or rump steaks, 2 1/2cm (1″) thick
sauce
3 tablespoons (45g) butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
125g (4oz) bacon, cut into small pieces
125g (4oz) button mushrooms, quartered
1 cup (250ml) cream or milk
2 tablespoons (30ml) flour
1/4 cup (60ml) chutney

Preparation:

Mix all the marinade ingredients together
Pour the marinade over the meat and marinade for 3 to 4 hours or up to 2 days (I use a zip lock bag)
Melt the butter in a pan over medium high heat
Add the onion, bacon and mushrooms and sauté until lightly golden
Add the remaining ingredients
Stir over medium heat for about 6 minutes until sauce thickens
Heat the BBQ, remove the meat from the marinade and cook according to your preference (about 5 minutes for medium rare)
Serve the steaks with the sauce, french fries and a green salad
Enjoy!

Salade Frisée aux Lardons – Endive salad with bacon

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This is one of my all time favorite classic french bistro salads. So easy to put together and a meal in itself or a starter, all depends on how much you serve yourself. You want to use a nice curly endive salad with tender, light green centers. Do not use the harder dark green outer leaves. For the lardons, you may use bacon or pancetta and traditionally the egg is a soft poached egg. Clearly as you can see from my photograph, I did not use a poached egg. A poached egg is way better as when you cut into it, it runs out onto the salad, croutons and lardons and is so good, but I had two hard-boiled eggs in my refrigerator that I wanted to use, so I used that instead.

Serves 4

Ingredients:


4 handfuls frisée / curly endive
200g lardons
4 eggs
2 teaspoons dijon mustard

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