Thursday, September 21, 2017

Heritage Day Recipe: Egg & Biltong Sweet Chilli Toasties

So much of our heritage can be celebrated through food, and although Heritage Day has adopted 'Braai Day' as its pet name, I think these little toasties can be a beautiful starter or finger food at a family gathering to celebrate our heritage.

Egg & Biltong Sweet Chilli Toasties
Serves 2

2 large eggs
4 T biltong, finely chopped (or biltong powder)
2 T sweet chilli sauce
2 T fat free smooth cottage cheese
Salt & black pepper to taste
4 slices home style brown bread
Spring onion, finely sliced (for garnish)
More sweet chilli sauce for garnish (optional)


Hard-boil the eggs (5 – 6 minutes on a rolling boil). Allow to cool.
Once the eggs are cool, roughly chop them.
Mix together the eggs, biltong, sweet chilli sauce and cottage cheese.
Season well with salt and black pepper.
Toast the bread slices. Using a round cookie cutter, press 4 rounds out of every slice.
Spoon teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the toast rounds.
Garnish with spring onion & a dollop of sweet chilli sauce and serve.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mexican Beef Lettuce Cups

We've skipped spring and gone straight to summer! So I've been making loads of salad inspired dishes like this one.

Mexican Beef Lettuce Cups
Serves 4 - 6


For the beef:
500 g beef sirloin
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
10 ml (2 t) ground cumin
10 ml (2 t) ground coriander
15 ml (1 T) olive oil

250 ml (1 cup) sour cream
3 ml (½ t) garlic, crushed
2 red chillies, thinly sliced (seeds removed for a milder version)
30 ml (2 T) lime or lemon juice
15 ml (1 T) Huletts Castor Sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve:
8-10 baby gem lettuce leaves, washed and trimmed
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
1 red onion, finely sliced
coriander leaves, to garnish


Allow the beef to rest at room temperature for ± 20 minutes.
Mix together the salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and oil; rub into the beef.
Heat a griddle pan and fry the beef for 2-3 minutes (for medium rare) on each side without turning, set aside to rest for 5 minutes and slice thinly.

Whisk all the ingredients together, until smooth and season to taste.

To serve: 
Place a dollop of dressing into each lettuce cup, top with the beef slices, avocado and red onion. Garnish with coriander.