Today’s post is not so much about a recipe but more about one of my favourite food products, the Peppadew pepper.
I’ll start by saying that I was not paid to write about these little beauties, nor do I work for the company – I just love them. The combination of the wonderfully sweet brine which they are preserved in together with the heat from the peppers is a marriage made in heaven. I’m not sure about you but I have succumbed to buying those stuffed peppers that they sell on the High Street on market day and I’m disappointed every time. They generally tend to be a bit squidgy and break down into nothing when you try to pick one up. Well, the answer is to buy a jar of these little lovelies and fill them yourself with some cream cheese. You won’t be disappointed, the crispness of the peppers together with the smooth, creaminess of the cream cheese. Delicious.
Now I may be accused of being slightly biased towards this product because they originate from South Africa but try them for yourself.
It will be love at first bite.
If not, I will send you my postal address and you can send me the remainder of your jar.
Enough said about the peppers. The meal below is my idea of comfort food. If you have left over mashed potato then make up a batch of these potato cakes . You don’t need to be too precise with the ingredients. A bit of this and bit of that is normally what goes on. You can’t really go wrong with hot, fried mashed potato and of course topped with the Peppadew salsa it is heaven.
I had a tiny bit of lemon curd left over from whoopie pies which I had made last week. Normally I would treat myself to some hot buttery toast with the lemon curd but as I have decided to try and enter some challenges this year I decided to be a bit more creative. As I didn’t have very much lemon curd I only baked half the quantity and ended up with 3 gorgeous little cupcakes for today’s treat.
I used a meringue cuite mixture only because the kids would eat one and I wanted to make sure the eggs were cooked. It is a little more work than normal because you have to whisk over a hot stove for 10 minutes but if you ever need meringues to hold their shape whilst cooking then this is the perfect solution.
You can also keep this meringue mixture in the fridge for up to a week and it will still pipe beautifully.
It is cold, it is miserable and it is grey, grey, grey.
What do you do on a day like this? Well, in my house the boys decided to go for an 8km run around a cold, stark lake. Madness in my mind. I, on the other hand head for the kitchen. I decided to make this simple, homely casserole from one of my favourite South African recipe books by Lynn Bedford Hall. The boys came back from their run to the smell of this lamb stew cooking away in the oven and I had to threaten them with everything under the sun just to keep them from sneaking a piece of lamb before dinner time.
My favourite way to eat this stew is with a dollop of mashed potato to soak up all the lovely gravy but we are trying to watch the calories so plain boiled potatoes it had to be.
Well that’s it for another year. Christmas decorations have been packed away, the fridge cleared out and hubby sent back to work. As much as I love Christmas, I do enjoy the process of sorting out and cleaning up afterwards. It makes me feel calm – everything in its right place again.
On the food side it feels good to be back to healthy eating again. I made a big pot of this red lentil soup today. Warm, comforting with just a hint of chilli and best of all it’s low fat.