LASAGNA SOUP

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 lb lean ground beef
1 large yellow onion, diced (2 cups)
3 – 5 garlic cloves, to taste, minced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 3/4 tsp dried basil
3/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 lasagna noodles, broken into bite size pieces (6.5 oz)
1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (5 oz)
1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (2 oz)
8 oz ricotta cheese

How to make it :
Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, crumble beef into pot, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring occasionally until browned. Drain majority of fat from beef and set aside (you can drain it all if you want it to be healthier I just like the little bit of flavor a small amount of the fat gives). Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in pot, add chopped yellow onion and saute until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add in garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Add in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, rosemary, fennel seeds, thyme, sugar, parsley, the cooked ground beef and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring just to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare lasagna noodles according to directions listed on package, reserving 1 cup pasta water before draining pasta.
Add cooked pasta to soup along with 1/2 cup – 1 cup pasta water as desired. In a mixing bowl, using a fork, stir together mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta.
Ladle soup into bowls, dollop with a large scoop of the cheese mixture and sprinkle with chopped parsley (you can help the cheese melt better by cooking in the microwave after dolloping over soup for a bit or you could put the soup in oven safe bowl, top with cheese mixture and set under broiler to melt well. Or just stir into very hot soup and it should melt well).

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BEEF CURRY RECIPE

Ingredients:
Beef cubes
Onions
Garlic powder
Garlic paste
Paprika
Cayenne pepper 
Supreme curry powder 
Babarque sauce 250ml
Barbaque tikka sauce 125ml
Oil 
Water 250ml
Baby leaves
Salt and pepper

Method
Fry onions until tender then add garlic powder, bay leaves and garlic paste, then add cayenne pepper, paprika and supreme currypowder let it cook until tender then add water and both babarque sauce and Tikka let it simmer then add meat and reduce heat. Then add salt and pepper for taste let it cook until ur meat is soft then serve

Rice 
Cook rice the normal way then grate carrot and put parsley.

Credit:Slungile Maka Bhoyo Mbatha

SGWAQANE, IMBUYA AND GRILLED CHICKEN

Isigwaqane recipe
Potatoes
Beans
Maize meal 
Knorrox cubes
Rama original
Aromat
Onions (for frying)

Method
Wash and boil beans then add potatoes in let them boil until completely cooked then add knorrox cubes, aromat and rsma original let it boil all together then in a seperate pan fry onions add bit of curry powder let it cook until soft rthen add to your beans let it boil then add little bit of maize meal as if you cooking pap and stir continously then reduce heat. Serve when it is cooked

Chicken recipe
Paprika
Oil
Chicken spice
Lemon and herb sauce 
Black pepper
Crushed garlic

Method 
Put all this in your meat then let your meat rest for 1 or 2 hours then grill ku oven for 30 to 45 minutes

Imfino
Mase uykhile wash it then chop it if inkudlwama then fry onions when onions are soft put a bit of salt then add imfino and leave ur saucepan open but uligade then grate izambane and add some Aromat and serve.

Credit: Slungile Maka Bhoyo Mbatha

PIZZA CHICKEN!!! THIS WILL BECOME A LONG-TIME FAMILY FAVORITE!!!

Ingredients

1 egg, beaten 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni, cut in half 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated or shaved, divided 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt Fresh ground pepper, to taste 3 thick or 6 thin boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 cup prepared marinara sauce 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded Pasta of choice, prepared according to package directions

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13″ x 9″ pan with cooking spray. If using thick chicken breasts, slice into each breast at it’s thickest point and continue the cut all the way through, creating two evenly sized rectangular pieces. Repeat with remaining pieces of chicken. Set aside. In a medium bowl combine egg, ricotta, 1/4 cup grated or shaved Parmesan, garlic, pepperoni, salt, pepper to taste, and 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley. Mix well. Place about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta filling on the short end of a chicken breast. Gently roll the chicken over the filling and place it, seam side down, in the prepared pan. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Pour the marinara sauce evenly over each piece of stuffed chicken. Top with mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and remaining 1 tablespoon of chopped Italian parsley. Cover pan with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes or until no pink remains when you cut into chicken. Remove from oven. Serve with pasta on the side.

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SOURDOUGH BREAD

ingredients
4 3/4 cups regular all purpose flour (I prefer King Arthur)
1 1/2 tbs sugar
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 .25 oz pk o. Active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons softened butter
1 1/2cup sourdough starter

1. In mixing bowl combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, yeast. Add water and butter.  Stir in starter.  Mix in remander of flour gradually.

2. Knead until dough is pliable andsoft. Place in grease bowl,turn once so all surfacesare oiled. Coverand let rise until doubled. This can take up to 4 hours depending on house temperatures

3. punch downand let rest for 15 minutes.  Shape loaf.  Place on baking sheetor stone that hasbeen sprinkled with cornmeal. Using sharp knife cut 1/2 inch deep slashes across top.  Spritz top with water.  Allow to rise until double. Do not cove

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place baking pan with inch of water on bottom of oven.  After 10 minutes, mist top and sides.  Repeat misting process every 10 minutes.  Bake 30~45 minutesuntil done. In temp should be around 190 degreesand loaf should spund hollow when thumped.

Cool on  baking rack.

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THE BEST HAM SANDWICHES EVER

Ingredients:
Serves: 8-12
2 -12 packages of sweet hawaiian rolls (the small dinner roll looking ones)
1 1/2 lbs of virginia ham (NOT honey ham)
12 slices swiss cheese
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons dried onion

Directions:

1 You will need two 9 x 13 pans. Place the bottoms of 12 rolls in each pan. Place ham (about 2 shaved slices or so) on the rolls. Cut the cheese slices into 4 parts and place 2 small pieces on each sandwich. Put the dinner roll tops on. In a sauce pan, mix butter, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, and dried onions. Wait until all butter is melted and then pour the melted mixture over the ham sandwiches (I know it sounds weird but TRUST me). Sprinkle the buns with poppy seeds and cover with foil. Let refrigerate overnight (If not able to wait, it is okay. They still taste great if made right away). Preheat oven to 350 and uncover sandwiches. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes and serve. They are great hot and even at room temperature Enjoy!
2 *I have made these with turkey also and they are good. Not as great as the ham, but they are good.

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SO I MADE THESE MINI MINCED BEEF SAMOSA’S. SO SAMOSA RECIPE

Ingredients 
2 Cups Plain Flour 
6 Tablespoon Ghee (oil/holsum) 
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Carom Seeds (optional)
2/3 cup water
Oil for deep frying

For the filling
500g beef mince(you can use pork, chicken or potatoes)
1/2 cup chopped spring onions
1/4 cup chopped coriander
1 tablespoon turmeric 
1 teaspoon curry
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

For the Dough
1) In a mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, salt , carom seeds and mix. Add ghee (or whichever oil you are using) and mix with your hand to crumbly dough.
2) Now, add water in multiple small quantities, knead dough until it’s smooth and elastic.
3) Cover the dough with a wet kitchen towel and set aside for 45 minutes

For filling
1) Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium pan or pot, add beef mince, stirring until cooked.
2) Add, the spices and continue to stir. Then add spring onions and coriander.
3) Continue to cook for further 2 minutes. Remove from heat

To Assemble Samosa

For paste to seal pastries:
Mix 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon plain flour . Set aside.

1) Now it’s time to go back to the dough.Cut the dough into eight even pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and flatten slightly. Keep the pieces you’re not working with covered with kitchen paper towel. 
2) Roll each ball into a large thin circle. The rolled pastry should not be very thick and nor thin. If it is thick, it will not be fried through and will be raw inside. If it is too thin, the filling might burst out while you deep fry.
3) Cut it straight through center and divide it into two equal parts.
4) Make each part into a triangular shape. Add 1-2 teaspoons of filling into the triangular shape. Lightly wet open edges in the flour/water paste and press them to seal properly.
5) Heat oil over medium heat for deep frying. When it is sufficiently hot, carefully slide or drop 5-6 stuffed triangles in oil and deep fry them over low heat until they turn golden brown. Transfer fried samosas to a plate and serve with sour cream or tomato ketchup.

NB:- TWEAK RECIPE TO SUIT YOUR OWN PREFERENCE.

CREDIT: MAMA JACKIE’S KITCHEN

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE

Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (219g) all-purpose flour 
  • 3/4 cup (62g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder*
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (350g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder (optional)*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil (or canola oil or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk, at room temperature*
  • 1 cup (240ml) freshly brewed strong hot coffee (regular or decaf)*

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1.25 cups (2.5 sticks or 290g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 and 1/2 cups (420g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup (65g) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or dutch process)*
  • 3–5 Tablespoons (45-75ml) heavy cream (or half-and-half or milk), at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional for decoration: semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease two 9-inch cake pans, line with parchment paper, then grease the parchment paper. Parchment paper helps the cakes seamlessly release from the pans.
  2. Make the cake: Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder (if using) together in a large bowl. Set aside. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or you can use a whisk) mix the oil, eggs, and vanilla together on medium-high speed until combined. Add the buttermilk and mix until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, add the hot water/coffee, and whisk or beat on low speed until the batter is completely combined. Batter is thin.
  3. Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake for 23-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Baking times vary, so keep an eye on yours. The cakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Note: Even if they’re completely done, the cooled cakes may *slightly* sink in the center. Cocoa powder is simply not as structurally strong as all-purpose flour and can’t hold up to all the moisture necessary to make a moist tasting chocolate cake. It’s normal!)
  4. Remove the cakes from the oven and set on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely in the pan.
  5. Make the buttercream: With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, 3 Tablespoons heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high speed and beat for 1 full minute. Do not over-whip. Add 1/4 cup more confectioners’ sugar or cocoa powder if frosting is too thin or 1-2 more Tablespoons of cream if frosting is too thick. (I usually add 1 more.) Taste. Add another pinch of salt if desired.
  6. Assemble and frost: If cooled cakes are domed on top, use a large serrated knife to slice a thin layer off the tops to create a flat surface. This is called “leveling” the cakes. Discard or crumble over finished cake. Place 1 cake layer on your cake stand or serving plate. Evenly cover the top with frosting. Top with 2nd layer and spread remaining frosting all over the top and sides. I always use an icing spatula and bench scraper for the frosting. Garnish with chocolate chips, if desired.
  7. Refrigerate cake for at least 30-60 minutes before slicing. This helps the cake hold its shape when cutting.
  8. Cover leftover cake tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

CREDIT: Canfeitaria Receitas

GOLDEN OREO CAKE

Ingredients:

Golden Oreo Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp clear vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped Golden Oreos 10 regular cookies, 116g

INSTRUCTIONS 

Golden Oreo Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour three 6″ cake rounds and line with parchment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on med-high until pale and fluffy (about 3mins). Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time fully incorporating after each addition. Add vanilla. 
  • Alternate adding flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with flour (3 additions of flour and 2 of milk). Fully incorporating after each addition. Gently fold in chopped Oreos.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for about 30 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
  • Place cakes on wire rack to cool for 10mins then turn out onto wire rack. 
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DECORATING CHOCOLATE CAKE

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CAKE:
1 ½ cups (285g) granulated sugar
½ cup (118 ml) vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
½ cup (118 ml) light sour cream
2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
½ cup (55 g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon (5g) espresso powder (optional)
2 ½ teaspoons (9 g) baking powder
½ teaspoon (2 g) baking soda
1 teaspoon (5 g) salt
1 ¼ cup (355 ml) coffee

FOR THE FROSTING:
3 cups (689g) unsalted butter
1 ½ cups (167g) cocoa powder (natural unsweetened or dutch processed)
9–10 (1171 g) cups powdered sugar
3–4 tablespoons (44-58ml) heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoons (15ml) Rodelle pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

FOR THE GANACHE:
2 ounces (56g) dark chocolate
6 tablespoons (88ml) heavy whipping cream

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE CAKE:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare 3 8-inch round baking pans, line the bottom with parchment paper and grease the sides. Prepare the bake even stripes if desired.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until well incorporated and the batter is lighter in color. Next mix in the sour cream and beat until well combined.
In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Alternate half the dry ingredients followed by half of the coffee and mix just until the flour starts to incorporate. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir the batter from the bottom to the top to ensure it’s well mixed.
Divide the batter evenly between the three pans, about 1 2/3 cups of batter per pan. Bake at 350°F for 20-24 minutes. Rotate your pans in the oven halfway through baking.Test the cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

FOR THE FROSTING:
Cut the butter into pieces. Using the paddle attachment, whip butter for 3-4 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally. Beat until butter looks light in color. Next, beat the cocoa powder into the butter until well mixed.
Alternate adding 2-3 cups of powdered sugar at a time with the liquid ingredients: vanilla extract & heavy cream. Add pinch of salt as needed. Ensure all the powdered sugar is well combined and beat for 2-3 minutes before adding additional powdered sugar.
Once all ingredients have been added, whip for 3-4 minutes until the frosting is light and airy. If the frosting is too thick, add additional heavy whipping cream 1/2 tablespoon at a time.

FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and heavy whipping cream. Melt the chocolate in the microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments and stir until completely combined. Allow to cool.

TO ASSEMBLE THIS CAKE:
Level the cake layer by removing any domes. Place a dollop of frosting on your cake board and place the bottom layer of cake over that.
Pipe the first layer of frosting, pipe in circles working outside edge to the middle. Spread evenly with an offset spatula. Add the second layer of cake and add the remaining frosting. Place the third layer of cake on top.
Use you offset spatula to press any excess frosting onto the edges of the cake. To finish, pipe the frosting along the outside edge of the cake using a large open round tip or a cake icer tip. Then use an offset spatula or icing smoother to create a smooth edge. Refrigerate the cake for 15-20 minutes.
Use a spoon or piping bag to drizzle the ganache along the edges of the cake. All the ganache to set completely. To pipe the rosettes on top, use a large piping bag, fill the piping bag with the remaining frosting and pipe the boarder of the cake.

CREDIT: CANFEITARIA BRASIL

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