Cold-Weather Comfort Food

Choc-Caramel Brownie Pudding & Hot Fudge Sauce

Brownie meets biscuit in this crazy good pud that’s packed with chocolate.

INGREDIENTS

  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 200g dark cooking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 270g (1 1/4 cups) caster sugar
  • 115g (3/4 cup) plain flour
  • 35g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 200g Arnott’s Caramel Crowns

HOT FUDGE SAUCE

  • 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 250ml (1 cup) thickened cream

Vanilla ice-cream, to serve

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Brush a 16 x 26cm slice pan with melted butter. Line with baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang.
  1. Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir with a metal spoon until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl.
  1. Whisk the eggs and egg yolks in a jug until combined. Add to the chocolate mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the sugar, flour and cocoa powder.
  2. Pour half the mixture into the lined pan. Place the biscuits on top of the mixture, spacing evenly and pressing down slightly into the mixture. Pour over the remaining chocolate mixture and gently spread to cover the biscuits. Smooth the surface.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes or until crumbs cling to a skewer inserted into the centre. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. To make the hot fudge sauce, place the chocolate and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until smooth.
  5. Cut brownie into pieces. Serve with ice-cream and hot fudge sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: taste.com.au

Recipe: Chicken Curry Bunny Chow

Chicken Curry Bunny Chow

A South African explosion of flavours and textures. Perfect to keep you warm and the chills at bay.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 6 chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4cm piece ginger, grated
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups (500ml) Massel chicken style liquid stock
  • 400g can butter beans, rinsed, drained
  • 4 large round bread rolls
  • Olive oil, to brush
  • 1/3 cup (95g) thick Greek-style yoghurt

TOMATO & RED ONION SAMBAL

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 long green chilli, seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch coriander, leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat 1 tablespoon sunflower oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Season chicken, then in 2 batches, cook, turning, for 4-5 minutes until browned. Remove from the pan.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, ginger and spices, then cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add tomato paste and cook for a further 1 minute. Return chicken to pan and add stock. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Add beans and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is slightly reduced. Remove from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the tops off the rolls and hollow out, discarding filling and tops. Brush with olive oil and bake for 5 minutes or until slightly golden, then set aside.
  5. For the sambal, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Stir the yoghurt through the curry and season, then divide among bread rolls. Top with sambal, then serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: taste.com.au

Cocktail Recipe: SCORPION

SCORPION COCKTAIL

You cant buy happiness. But, you can prepare a cocktail and that’s kind of the same thing…

Scorpion

INGREDIENTS:

30ml brandy
15ml dry gin
15ml
aged rum
30ml
orange juice
20ml
lime juice
20ml simple syrup
15ml amaretto

METHOD:

Combine ingredients in shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with citrus and mint.

 

 

 

 

Source:  copperandkings.com

Recipe: Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Left overs don’t have to be boring. If anything, they should inspire us to use our imagination and create something completely different. Thats what we call magic, working with what you’ve got!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 cups Left over chicken
  • 1 cup Baby spinach, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Pesto, prepared
  • Pinch salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Extra-virgin Olive oil
  • Ciabatta loaf
  • 8 thin slices Swiss cheese

METHOD

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the pesto. Add the chicken and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat a cast-iron griddle or grill pan or non stick pan. Brush both sides of each piece of bread with olive oil.
  3. Spoon the chicken salad onto the bottoms and top with the spinach and cheese. Close the sandwiches and grill over moderate heat, turning once, until toasted and the cheese is melted, about 7 minutes.
  4. Cut the panini in half and serve hot.

 

 

 

 

Source: foodandwine.com

Nachos Recipe

Nachos Recipe

Okay, so Nachos aren’t exactly the healthiest snack out there. But trust and believe that this is one of the best ways to eat your veggies, grate your cheese and eat it too and indulge in smooth delicious guacamole. Perfect as a party snack and even better for those at home family movie nights.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 400g can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, deseeded, chopped
  • 230g pkt lightly salted tortilla corn chips
  • 160g (2 cups) coarsely grated four cheese mix
  • 200g soft creamy feta
  • 90g (1/3 cup) Greek-style yoghurt
  • 2 avocados, mashed
  • Pickled green chilli, sliced, to serve
  • Fresh coriander leaves, to serve

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Place the onion in a heatproof bowl. Pour over enough boiling water to cover. Set aside for 2 minutes. Drain.
  2. Combine the onion, beans, tomato and peppers in a bowl. Arrange a third of the corn chips in a round 28cm ovenproof dish. Sprinkle a third of the tomato mixture over the corn chips, followed by a third of the cheese. Repeat to make 2 more layers using the remaining corn chips, tomato mixture and cheese. Bake the nachos for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  3. Meanwhile, place the feta in a small bowl. Use a fork to mash until smooth and creamy. Add the yoghurt and use the fork to mix until well combined and smooth. Season with pepper.
  4. Serve the nachos topped with the avocado, whipped feta and sliced chilli. Sprinkle with coriander leaves.

 

ENJOY!!!

 

Source: taste.com.au