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Chilli Popper Cigars

My twitter friend Anel Potgieter graciously gave me the thumbs up when I asked her permission to post one of her recipes on my blog.   Besides all the other beautiful recipes on Anel’s website, this one grabbed me first because I too, just like my friend like hot and easy (*wink wink*). The combination of Jalapeno peppers and cheese is not uncommon in my kitchen.  A slice of the green tangy hotness draped over a slice of cheese often satisfied my craving for “burn”.  Did I mention that I go through a bottle or two of Tabasco sauce every week? Ok so I like hot stuff!

When I saw Anel’s Chilli Popper Cigar recipe, I knew I would love it.  Not only do I love the cheese and jalapeno combination, but I also have a bit of a fixation for all forms, shapes and sizes of pastry.

Anel is a Masterchef SA top 35 achiever.  She has a beautiful blog called Lifeisazoobiscuit.  Follow this link http://lifeisazoobiscuit.com/ for more on Anel, her blog and her gorgeous recipes.  You can also go to Anel’s twitter page and follow her tweets https://twitter.com/Anelp

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Wild Rocket Mayonnaise

This easy to make mayo is a delicious accompaniment to a cheese and bread board.  I obtained this recipe from the November 2012 issue of Fresh Living magazine.  Click here to get directed to link.

Place 2 egg yolks in a bowl and whisk with 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1 tsp. Dijon mustard. Slowly add 1 cup of sunflower oil whisking constantly until a this mayonnaise forms. Finely chop 1 packet wild rocket and blend into mayo.

Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine is yet another all time classic that is simple to make. Once you grasp the art of pastry making, you can literally start playing around with your own fillings making quiche baking so versatile as there are many different fillings to choose from.  More about the different types of quiches later……..stay tuned though!

Puff Pastry
1 ½ Cups flour
½ tsp salt
170g margarine
2 tsp white vinegar
1 egg yolk
4 Tbsp cold water

Quiche Filling
1 packet of smoked bacon bits
1 onion chopped
5 sprigs of spring onions sliced
½ cup of cheddar cheese grated
Salt and pepper

Egg Custard
4 eggs
1 cup cream

Method
To make the pastry, cut the margarine into the flour and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolk, vinegar and water. Add to flour and combine till a dough has formed. Add more flour if it’s too sticky. Refrigerate till the filling has been prepared.
To make the filling, fry onions till translucent in a ½ stick of real butter. Remove onions from pan leaving remaining butter. Fry bacon in remaining butter until crispy.  Return onions to the bacon, mix together, drain off any excess butter and set aside.
Roll out the cooled pastry to the desired size and press into a loose based quiche tin about 23cm in diameter. Prick holes into the base of the pastry; fill with cooking beans and blind bake for about 10 minutes. Remove pastry shell from oven; remove cooking beans and add the filling of bacon and onions spreading evenly over base of pastry.
Lastly, thoroughly mix the egg and cream till well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste and pour gently over the quiche filling. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top and bake in the oven at 180° for 25 – 30 minutes.  Serve with a selection of breads and delicious green salads.

Sweetcorn Muffins – Contributed by Cathy Keats

This recipe is for my beautiful daughter who as a young girl would come home from school and eat a tin of sweet corn for lunch (out the tin). So this is for you darling, its quick and easy.You will need:

1.5 Cups of flour
15ml Baking Powder
2ml Salt
60ml Sugar (Castor Sugar is good)
125ml milk
250ml Creamstyle Sweet corn
1 egg beaten
50g melted butter
125ml grated cheddar cheese

Method:
Combine dry ingredients
Combine wet ingredients
Mix the two together and place spoonfuls into a greased muffin pan. Bake for 12minutes on 210°
…………and voila! delish sweetcorn muffins for anytime munchtime

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