mutton & tomato stew

Mutton is meat from older sheep; about three years old. The meat is an intense color of red and quite fatty with a strong, gamey flavor. The fat makes it the perfect cut for this stew giving it big, bold flavor. Exactly what I had in mind.
Very similar to the traditional South-African tomato ‘bredie’ this stew is perfect for a cold, wet winters’ night.
Your freezer is your friend…leftovers are perfect for mutton ragu that you can use for a future pie, to toss through pappardelle or on an open pulled mutton sandwich.

Serve with a side of rice, mashed potato, roasted sweet potato or butternut mash.

ingredients | serves 6 | easy
1.3kg stewing mutton, bone in
1/2C flour
1/2t salt
1/2t white pepper
3T olive oil plus more for browning meat
1T butter
1 large white onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, sliced
5 large ripe tomatoes, quartered
3 large carrots, cut into big chunks
2T paprika
3 bay leaves
2T tomato paste
1.5t dried oregano
3 rosemary stalks, leaves only
1.2C red wine
1 can crushed tomato
3C beef stock
2T brown sugar
1t salt
1t black pepper
2T fresh parsley

how to to do it
Mix the flour, salt & white pepper and dredge the meat in the flour mixture and shake excess flour off. Discard any leftover flour. Heat about two tablespoons of olive oil in a large Dutch oven and brown the meat in batches, adding more oil as needed.
Set aside.
Add two tablespoons of oil and the butter to the pot without cleaning it and saute the chopped onion until glossy, stirring occasionally. About three minutes.
Add the tomato paste, stir and cook for one minute. Pour the red wine into the pot to de-glaze. Cook for about two minutes to reduce.
Add the paprika, rosemary, garlic & dried oregano and stir to combine. Add the tomatoes and stir to coat. Pour the crushed tomato into the pot and add the bay leaves, sugar and seasoning. Stir and cook for two minutes.
Pour the stock into the pot and give it a good stir. Lastly add the meat. Stir everything together and bring it to a boil.
Turn the heat down to low for a gentle simmer, cover with a tight fitting lid and cook for about 2 hours, stirring a few times during cooking. Now add the carrots, place the lid back on the pot and cook for a further 1.5 – two hours.

Check the meat, which should be fall off the bone tender. If you prefer it falling off the bone completely, cook for a further 30 minutes to one hour.
Carefully remove the lid, increase the heat to a moderate simmer and cook for 30 minutes, uncovered to thicken the sauce if desired. Take care not to burn the bottom of the pot by occasionally stirring during cooking.

Once cooked, stir through the chopped fresh parsley and serve with a side of your choice.

From my kitchen to yours, with love x



butter stuffed chicken & veg

This is a flavorful one pan wonder that is packed with goodness and is perfect for a family feast! The butter and herb stuffing makes for beautifully juicy and tender meat and the veggies are roasted to perfection. I served a lemon beurre blanc sauce on the side with couscous but for a healthier alternative, serve the chicken with brown rice and lemon butter or no sauce at all.
Root vegetables are perfect here as everything is ready simultaneously, saving precious time, which, for the everyday parent, is crucial.
As alternatives think of halved beetroot, thick cuts of sweet potato & butternut or whole, peeled baby potatoes and fat cloves of garlic.

ingredients | serves 4-6 | easy
1 whole chicken, flattened (butterfly / spatchcock)
2 red onions, peeled & roughly chopped
4 large carrots, peeled & roughly chopped
4 potatoes, quartered
3 rosemary sprigs
olive oil
for the chicken rub
1T paprika
1t dried oregano
1/2t dried mustard
1/2t cayenne pepper
1/2t fine salt
1/2t black pepper
for the butter compound
80g salted butter, room temperature
2 garlic cloves, minced
handful parsley, finely chopped
4 thyme sprigs, leaves only
zest of 1 lemon
juice of half lemon
black pepper

how to
Mix all of the rub ingredients together. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and rub the spice into the skin using your hands. Cover with clingfilm and leave to marinade in the fridge for a minimum of half hour.
For the butter compound – mix all the ingredients together and mix well using a fork.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
Using a spoon, carefully lift the skin of the chicken and stuff the butter between the skin & meat, using your fingers. Continue until you have covered most of the meat and used all of the butter compound.
Place the rosemary sprigs in a large oven proof dish and place the chicken on top.
In a large dish, drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and season with salt & black pepper. Arrange the veggies around the chicken.
Place the tray into the oven and roast for 50 – 60 minutes.
Carefully remove the tray from the oven and leave to rest for ten minutes before serving.

From my kitchen to yours, with love x




easy creamy chicken & tomato

Another great dish if you have leftover chicken from a roast or if you have chicken breast in abundance lurking in your freezer!
I cooked a de-boned, rolled chicken two nights ago and was left with about 600g of beautifully tender chicken meat, which was recycled into this very tasty dish that i served with brown basmati rice.
It really only took a few simple ingredients and about half hour to whip up an amazing dinner that was not only perfect for my taste buds but also that of my toddler.
Easy. Quick. Delicious. The perfect comfort food that fits a busy schedule.

ingredients | serves 4 | easy
600g cooked or uncooked chicken
2T olive oil
2T butter
1 white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 punnet / 160g mushrooms, sliced
2T paprika
3T sun dried tomato pesto
1T tomato paste
1 can crushed tomato
1/2C chicken stock
3/4C cream
4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
1T brown sugar
1/2C rosa tomatoes, whole
50g plain goat’s cheese (optional)
1/2t salt
1/2t black pepper
handful fresh parsley, chopped

brown or white basmati rice to serve – cooked according to package instructions.

how to
If you are using uncooked chicken, heat a little olive oil in a large skillet and brown the chicken pieces on all sides. Set aside.
In the same skillet, heat a little more olive oil, add the butter and heat until melted. Add the chopped onion and saute until translucent. Add the paprika & tomato paste and cook for about one minute until fragrant. Add the sliced mushrooms and garlic and cook for about five minutes on medium heat.
Pour the crushed tomato into the skillet, stir and cook for one minute. Add the sun dried tomato pesto, salt, sugar, pepper & thyme, stir to combine and then add the chicken stock.
(If you are using uncooked chicken, add it now.)
Place the lid on the skillet and simmer on a low heat for about 15 minutes.
Lift the lid, add the cream, goat’s cheese (if using) the cooked chicken & cocktail tomatoes and leave to simmer until the tomatoes have popped and the sauce has thickened.
Sprinkle the chopped parsley into the skillet and stir to combine.

From my kitchen to yours, with love x


succulent beef meatballs with extra vegetables

Meatballs always sound like so much effort but once you start it really goes fairly quickly. The most time is spent rolling them to size.
I do love meatballs and what i love most about these is that they are packed with extra vegetables, making them very beneficial for my toddlers health. I love preparing meals i can sneak extra vegetables into.
Softer in texture due to the abundance of extra veggies, they still hold their shape really well. I normally double the recipe and freeze half for another occasion as they make the perfect cheat meal when you’re in a hurry or just didn’t have time to prepare dinner.

ingredients | makes about 15 | easy
Olive oil
1/2 white onion, finely chopped
1/2t crushed garlic
400g beef or lamb mince
1 large zucchini, grated
1 large carrot, grated
1/2t dried oregano
2t finely chopped fresh parsley
3/4c fine breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/2t fine salt
1/2t black pepper

for the sauce
Olive oil
1T butter
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2t crushed garlic
1 can chopped tomato
1T tomato paste
1T Worcester sauce
1T brown sugar
1c beef stock
1t turmeric
5 sprigs thyme, leaves only
1/2t fine salt
1/2t black pepper
1/2c cream
handful fresh parsley, chopped

how to
Combine all of the meatball ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix the ingredients until well combined.
Roll the mixture into balls just bigger than golf balls, using the palms of your hands and place them onto a large baking tray. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet and brown the meatballs on all sides.
Remove the meatballs from the skillet and set aside.
In the same pan, heat the butter and a drizzle of olive oil. Add the chopped onion and saute until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
Add the tomato paste and turmeric and cook for one minute. Pour the chopped tomato & beef stock into the pan, add the Worcester sauce & brown sugar and bring to a gentle boil. Gently place the meatballs into the sauce, bring the heat down to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove the lid and leave to simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
Add the thyme, salt & pepper, give a gentle stir and cook for about five minutes. Pour the cream into the pan and simmer until slightly thickened.
Garnish with the chopped parsley and serve with mash or rice.

From my kitchen to yours, with love x






beef & beer casserole

These beautiful winter days make me want to curl up with good red wine and good food.
The secret to any good stew or casserole is patience. But, the ingredients, of course, also play a very important role. Essentially what you want from a stew is big flavor and beautifully tender meat.
Ask your butcher for advice on the best cuts of meat and source the freshest vegetables you can get your hands on.
The quality of our food really lie in the quality of the ingredients.

ingredients | serves 6 | patience
1.2kg stewing beef, bone in, cut into smaller cubes
1/4C flour
Olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, sliced or chopped
4 large carrots, cut in similar sizes as the meat
300g small (baby) onions
500ml beer or ale
2.5C beef stock
2T tomato paste
2 rosemary sprigs, leaves only
4 thyme sprigs, leaves only
4 bay leaves
1T brown sugar
1/2t salt
1/2t black pepper
fresh parsley, garnish

how to
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
Dredge the meat with the flour. Heat olive oil in a large oven proof skillet and brown the meat on all sides. Set aside.
Without wiping the skillet, heat a little more olive oil and saute the chopped onions until translucent. Add the tomato paste to the skillet and cook for about one minute.
Add the carrots, baby onions and garlic and cook for about two minutes. Pour the beer into the skillet and deglaze the pot while scraping the bits from the bottom. Leave to simmer for about three minutes.
Add the herbs, sugar, salt & pepper to the skillet and stir through. Add the meat to the pot and slowly pour the beef stock around it.
Bring everything to a gentle boil. Cover the skillet with a lid, leaving it slightly tilted to allow more steam to evaporate while cooking.
Carefully place the skillet into the preheated oven and cook for 2.5 – 3 hours, stirring halfway through cooking.

If you would like a thicker sauce, mix two teaspoons corn flour with two teaspoons water. Add it to the pot and bring it to a gentle simmer.

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve with mash or basmati rice.

From my kitchen to yours, with love x