Heleen is all set to cook at the Middelburg Care Village fundraising event on Saturday, 1 August. The theme for the day is ‘A rainbow of food and culture.’ In light of this Heleen decided to demonstrate two delicious and versatile recipes from her cookbooks, Make five/ Maak vyf and Food from the heart/ Onthoukos.
Beer bread with cheese and herbs
Recipe from Food from the heart/ Onthoukos
Makes 1 loaf
One of the easiest ways to have warm bread oozing with melted butter on the table. Use various seasonings to suit individual tastes and preferences.
450 ml (250 g) self-raising flour
450 ml (250 g) cake flour
7,5 ml (½ tbsp) baking powder
10 ml (2 tsp) salt
250 ml (100 g) grated mature Cheddar cheese
1 x 340 ml can beer
90 ml (5 tbsp) water
30 ml (2 tbsp) soft brown sugar
30-45 ml (2-3 tbsp) fresh thyme leaves
6-8 marinated sundried tomatoes, cut in strips
15-30 ml (1-2 tbsp) sunflower, poppy or sesame seeds or a mixture
- Preheat oven to 200 ˚C. Grease and line the base of a 1,5 litre bread tin, 20 cm AMC Baking Tin (see tip) or any other interesting containers, like different shaped and sized tins or individual bread tins, with butter.
- Sieve the flours, baking powder and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the cheese.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients, except the seeds, in a separate bowl.
- Stir the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix just until all the ingredients are blended.
- Spoon in the prepared tin or smaller tins and sprinkle the seeds over. Lightly press the seeds down. Bake the large bread for about 50-60 minutes or the smaller breads for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Allow the breads to stand in the tins for about 2-3 minutes. Carefully turn them out. Serve warm with braaivleis or as part of any meal.
1. Make your own ‘pot bread’ in the oven. Bake the bread in an AMC 20 cm Baking Tin. The stainless steel is perfect for baking bread and makes turning it out easy. Remember to grease and line the tin as above. For more info go to http://www.amcsa.co.za/en/product-range/kitchenware/all-kitchenware/20-cm-baking-tin/
2. Substitute sundried tomatoes with 6-8 Peppadews®; 125 g bacon, chopped and fried; 125 ml (½ cup) biltong shavings; or with 60-90 ml (4-5 tbsp) pesto; and the Cheddar with Pecorino cheese.
3. This bread makes delicious toast the next day – that’s to say, if there is any left.
Versatile mince mixture
Recipe from Make five/ Maak vyf
Serves 4 – 6
A mince mixture like this can be used in many different ways. By cooking in AMC Cookware, at medium temperatures means you don’t need to use a lot of oil and the mince can simmer gently. An AMC Flux is particularly convenient when cooking in demonstrations.
500 g lean beef mince
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 carrots, coarsely grated
1 bay leaf
10 ml (2 tsp) ground coriander
1 x 50 g packet tomato paste
1 x 410 g tin chopped tomatoes
125 ml (½ cup) red wine
80 ml (⅓ cup) chopped fresh herbs of your choice, such as Italian parsley, origanum, thyme and sage
lemon juice, salt and pepper
- Heat an AMC 24 cm Fry Pan (see tip) over a medium heat until the Visiotherm reaches the first red area. Fry mince until golden brown. Spoon out and set aside.
- Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and sauté onion and garlic for a few minutes. Stir in carrots, bay leaf and coriander and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and sauté for 1-2 minutes to thicken slightly.
- Stir in the browned mince with the tomatoes and rinse out the empty tin with the wine. Stir in wine and herbs and season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for 30 minutes or until cooked. Season to taste.
- Serve on pasta, mashed potatoes, polenta or rice. It is also delicious on a baked potatoes.
1. Add more veggies, if preferred. Mushrooms, grated baby marrows or butternut are tasty options.
2. Substitute some of the herbs with the same amount of fresh coriander leaves for a different flavour.
3. Prepare a lasagne with the mince: Make a white sauce and layer the mince and white sauce between the lasagne sheets. Bake for 45-60 minutes. Or you can prepare any pasta bake with this mince.
4. For this recipe I used an AMC 24 cm Fry Pan. Remember with medium temperatures, it is not necessary to add any oil when frying mince in an AMC unit. For more on the 24 cm Fry Pan go to http://www.amcsa.co.za/en/product-range/cookware/individual-units/24-cm-gourmet-fry-pan/
5. The AMC Flux is an induction cooker. This is an energy efficient heat source and great for cooking. It is also easy to pack and travel with. For more go to http://www.amcsa.co.za/en/product-range/kitchenware/all-kitchenware/amc-flux-induction-cooker/