Cooking with Siba – Episode 2

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Siba cooks with Jazz singer and producer, Swazi Dlamini

STARTER – BUTTERNUT SOUP

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4-6 as a starter

You will need:

500 g butternut, peeled and seeds removed
45 ml (3 tbsp) olive oil
3 spring onions, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
750 ml (3 cups) chicken stock
80 ml (⅓ cup) plain yoghurt
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

Cut the butternut into cubes. Heat a little oil in a large saucepan and stir-fry the spring onion and garlic until soft (about 4 minutes). Add the butternut and chicken stock and cook for about 20 minutes or until the butternut is soft.
Cool slightly and blend in a food processor or with a stick blender until smooth. Add the yoghurt and season to taste with salt and pepper.

MAIN COURSE – SMOKEY LAMB STEW

The trick to this delicious stew is that the meat must be marinated overnight – the night before the event. It’s also great when served the following day as the flavours will have time to develop.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6

You will need:

1kg lamb, fat trimmed and cut into pieces
10 ml (2 tsp) barbeque spice
Freshly ground black pepper
750 ml (1 bottle) hickory basting sauce
Bunch of fresh thyme sprigs, chopped
30 ml (2 tbsp) oil
30 ml (2 tbsp) garlic and ginger paste
2 onions, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 each green peppers, red or yellow peppers, diced
250 g (1 punnet) button mushrooms, halved
500 (2 cups) chicken stock
250-375 ml (1-1½ cups) mixed frozen veggies
Freshly ground pepper

Method:

Wash the meat; pat dry with paper towel and trim off any excess fat. Season the meat with the spice and freshly ground pepper. Place in a deep dish and then pour the basting sauce over. Place the thyme sprigs amongst the meat and marinade overnight.

Heat the oil over high heat and fry the garlic and ginger paste for a few seconds until fragrant. Add the meat, a small amount at a time to make sure that the meat is browned and does not simmer at this stage.
Add the onions, peppers and mushrooms and stir-fry for 2 minutes and then add the marinade from the meat and the stock. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 or so minutes until the meat is cooked and tender. Serve with curried samp.

CURRIED SAMP

This is a spicier, healthier version of the better-known creamed samp. It’s great with stews and veggies.

You will need:

15-30 ml (1-2 tbsp) oil
15 ml (1 tbsp) masala or curry powder
2 ml (1/2 tsp) ground cumin
5 ml (1 tsp) turmeric
1-2 chilli finely chopped (optional)
500 g cooked samp
Milk according to packet instructions
1-2 rounds feta cheese

Method:

Heat the oil and sauté the spices and chilli for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant. Add cooked samp (cooked in milk until creamy) and stir until well combined and the samp is yellowish in colour.
Crumble in the feta cheese for an extra flavour and stir until the cheese is almost melted. Serve with the stew.

DESERT – STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

Cheese Cake

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes or overnight
Chilling: 1 to 2 hours
Serves: 6

You will need:

BISCUIT BASE:
400 g (2 packets) tennis biscuits, crushed
Juice

FILLING:

500 g (2 x 250 g containers) low-fat creamed cottage cheese
125 ml (½ cup) caster sugar
20 ml (4 tsp) lemon juice
3 ml (½ tsp) finely grated lemon rind
100 g red glacé cherries, chopped
250 ml (1 cup) strawberries, halved or quartered
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence
15 ml (1 tsp) gelatine
40 ml (8 tsp) cold water
Top with Sugar-free strawberry jam, melted
Strawberries, chopped
Mint leaves

Method:

Base: Mix the crushed biscuits with a bit of juice and press onto the bottom of a greased loose-bottom cheesecake tin to form a base.
Filling: In a large bowl, beat the cottage cheese and mix with the sugar, lemon juice and rind. Add the glacé cherries, strawberries and vanilla essence. Set aside.
Sprinkle the gelatine over the cold water and leave to sponge for about 15 minutes. Melt the gelatine over a saucepan with boiling water or in the microwave, taking care not to let it boil. Cool slightly and stir into the cottage cheese mixture.
Carefully spoon the filing into the prepared base, spreading evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 to 2 hours or preferably overnight until set.
Topping: Once set, spread with a thin layer of strawberries and top with berries and mint leaves. Cut a slice and enjoy.

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