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Tranquility

The place of calm & reflection… a few kilometers away from Vermaaklikheid on a snaky gravel road,

and … welcome back to the spirit of PUNTJIE

 As die stilte loer om elke draai

En die dagbreek soek ‘n pierewaai

Want jy skyn die lig Vermaaklikheid,… rondom my

Die een wat deur my hart in kruip,… somber vry

Soetmelk – ‘Vermaaklikheid’

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Our ‘going nowhere slowly’ place, a strict commitment to peace & tranquility.

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Carrot & Cabbage crunch

Ingredients:

1 cup                    Shredded cabbage, green or purple,

depending on your mood

1 cup                    Fresh carrots

1 cup                    Good quality mayonnaise

Sprinkle salt and pepper

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Method:

Mix all ingredients together.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Adding a combination of purple and green cabbage can really improve the visual.  Adding Chinese cabbage will take it to a whole new level.  Your carrots need to be really fresh – rather pay more and get it crisp!  If you are making something with an Asian feel – add half a teaspoon of peanut butter and fresh chopped chili to your mayo.

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Teezing Tzatziki

Ingredients:

1 cup                    Sour cream

1 cup                    Greek yogurt

1 cup                    Cucumber – cut into small blocks

1 clove                 Garlic, chopped up

Squeeze of lemon

Fresh chopped mint and parsley

Fresh chopped red chili, with seeds

Method:

Mix together.  This can last up to 3 days in the fridge before it starts to go a little ‘’watery’’.  You can remove the seeds in the cucumber if you want to – up to you! All the seeds do is it makes it more watery.  This tzatziki is great with everything, even burgers.  Grilled chicken, tzatziki, sundried tomato.  (Your mouth is already in Greece) Garnish with chopped mint, parsley, and red chili

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Butternut, Cauli & Chickpea salad

Ingredients:

1 Medium sized butternut, cut into cubes

1 head Cauliflower

1 can Chickpeas, drained

1 Onion sliced into wedges

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 Cup cooked wholewheat couscous

Method:

Cook Butternut until soft.  (do not overcook, otherwise, your salad will be very mushy).  In a pan – heat some olive oil and add cauliflower.  Fry on low heat for about 5 minutes until half cooked.  Remove from the pan and keep aside until you are ready to assemble your masterpiece.

In the same pan – add another dash of olive oil and add spices.  Fry for 5 minutes and add drained chickpeas.  Fry for 2 minutes and remove from pan.  Add this to your cauliflower and butternut family.

In the same pan (yes the same ) – add 3 tablespoons of canola oil and add onion.  Fry on low heat for 20 minutes until soft and caramelized

Now to assemble your masterpiece:  gently mix all ingredients together – keep some of the chickpeas aside and garnish on top with LOADS of fresh coriander.

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Fish and Chips

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Ingredients:

Fish and Chips

Method:

This is not actually a method…but rather a few tips.   Different strokes for different folks.

  1. The person cleaning the fish needs to know what he or she is doing, otherwise, you waste a lot of this precious jewel from the ocean
  2. Sharp knife is key – invest
  3. ‘’Coating’’ the fish can be done in 2 different ways. No way is wrong.  You can either dip it into the egg first and then into flour mix or first dip it into flour and then into the egg
  4. Using a rubbish bin bag help with the dipping of the flour step – no mess afterwards
  5. Add extra flavour into your flour – spice/ fresh herbs/ salt/ pepper
  6. Your pan must be hot and happening
  7. Don’t rush the process and turn the fish the entire time – let it do its thing on its own time
  8. Squeeze fresh lemon at the end
  9. Use quality potato for your chips – fit for purpose. Look on the potato bag when you buy it what potato variety it is.
  10. Cooking the potato before can help save some time and it will be less oily

If you are not worried about the calories…then ensure your oil is enough to cover all your potatoes – otherwise, it will go ‘’soggy’’ and not crispy

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