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Broccoli, Bacon, Cheese & Chicken Bake
This recipe looked fantastic when I found it, but was even better than expected! An instant family favourite, the boys loved it, yes, even though it was mainly broccoli. That’s always a measure of a successful dinner… the broccoli and chicken baking together result in such tasty juices at the bottom of the dish. If you were to add rice to the mix (not necessary at all) you would have a lovely broth to go with it.
Blanch the broccoli before baking to enhance the colour and flavour.
These are the big questions in life…
1. What’s for dinner; and
2. What to do with the kids?
I can happily say that I now have the answers to both of those!
The Adventure Clubs app is honestly one of the best entertainment ideas for kids (and parents) that I have seen in a long time. It would take me days to research and come up with half as many fun, educational and interesting things to do with the kids.
Even if I could manage to make a list of fantastic activities, there would be heaps of admin involved in making the arrangements. It would probably be far more expensive and I wouldn’t have any idea what the quality of the experience would be, whether it’s safe or not and trying to figure out friends’ schedules to go in a group is a nightmare on it’s own…
Adventure Clubs has a huge selection of super adventures for all kids between ages 6 months and 10 years of age. From hip hop dancing and baking classes to helicopter flips, there’s something for everyone and when you’re watching your kids make wonderful memories, you will definitely enjoy sharing those moments with them too!
Every experience is designed by parents, for parents. Well planned and coordinated, the experiences are attended in groups with other parents and children as well as a group coordinator/leader.
Our first experience was at La Cremosa in the Dainfern Square shopping centre, where we got to go behind the scenes inside the gelato “factory”. We were taken through the entire process of making delicious, creamy gelato from pouring the milk all the way through to eating!
My boys really enjoyed every minute of it and got chatting with the friendly staff as well as the other children. Of course their favourite part was the eating!
I could go on and on about the benefits of this concept but it’s really something you just have to go and experience with your family as soon as possible! To give you a push in the right direction, I have one adventure to give away to a lucky reader!
It will be one of your choice, available in Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town, to the value of R300. All you need to do to enter is to download the Adventure Clubs app easily on either App Store or Google Play, browse the range of experiences and then comment here with your favourite one. Easy as gelato!
Winner will be announced on 5 January 2018. In the meantime, make sure you are following Adventure Clubs on Facebook to see all their great news and of course, follow MammaChef Jozi so that you don’t miss the announcement!
I am so glad that I discovered this before leaving on holiday and we’re definitely making use of it while we are at the coast. When you don’t know the area all that well, it’s not easy to find new and interesting things to do… Adventure Clubs saves the day!
Download and have a look through the Adventure Clubs app and comment on this post (or on the same post on MammaChef Jozi Facebook, Instagram or Twitter). Names will be placed into an online hat and a random winner will be drawn.
Crumbed Chicken Fillet Burgers with Healthy Stuff
I am half ashamed and half proud to say that I forgot that I wanted to bake some oven chips with our burgers, so it turned out to be quite a healthy burger dinner indeed!
I also confess that it would have looked better with white cheese, but in true Mamma style, I didn’t have any so I used regular ol’ yellow cheddar cheese and it was equally delicious, if not as pretty! Re-emphasising that this is MammaChef and not MasterChef! HashtagMommyCookingBlog!
Our sides were coleslaw and a very healthy and refreshing salad of cucumber, cherry tomatoes, basil, chickpeas and avo.
Happy, happy little bodies and full tummies all around!
Crispy pork schnitzel with spicy rice and veg
Just good old Mamma food for Tuesday – crispy pork schnitzel from WOOLWORTHS with my special spicy rice, fresh asparagus and corn. Every last crumb was eaten!
I followed the cooking instructions on the pack for the pork schnitzels, however I did grill them at the end for about 2 minutes per side just to give them some extra colour.
I make my spicy rice by frying up some chopped onion, red and yellow pepper. About 5 minutes before the rice is completely cooked, I add 3-4 tablespoons of Robertson’s Spice for Rice, 2 tablespoons butter and the fried veg.
Mielies boiled and asparagus steamed.
Saturdays are good days to be extra grateful
The weekend is nearly here! To make it last a little longer, take a moment to enjoy all the little things that make you feel that chilled out vibe… A slow cup of coffee with your partner, the sound of children playing outside, birds gathering on the roof waiting to eat the dog’s breakfast… Sunshine and smiles!
Wishing you a beautiful weekend wherever you are!
Spaghetti bolognese to me is like my most comfy pair of fluffy winter slippers… it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. My ultimate comfort food (with loads of cheese) and I dare say one day my boys might tell people that nobody could make good old spag-bol like their Mamma! It’s their absolute favourite and makes a regular appearance on our weekly dinner menu.
Fry 1 chopped onion, 2 teaspoons crushed garlic over high heat until soft. Add 700g lean mince, season with ground salt, pepper and a dash or two of Worcester sauce. Brown well. The trick is to leave the mince to almost char on the bottom of the pan and then let the tomatoes pick up all the flavour.
Add 2 tins chopped and peeled tomatoes, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 1-2 tsp paprika, Italian mixed herbs. Lower heat and leave to simmer for around 20 minutes.
Cook a large pot of gluten free spaghetti according to instructions. Always add about 60ml pasta water to the sauce before draining – adds a little extra shine and makes for a lovely consistency.
Stir in some finely sliced fresh basil before plating. Serve with grated mature cheddar or Parmesan cheese.
This recipe is dedicated to PicknPay – for the great special on mince, SanRemoPasta as always for the best gluten free spaghetti and last but absolutely not least, RobertsonWinery for an equally comfy and smooth Merlot!
Wishing you an amazing week!
While Mamma was on action cricket duty with the little guys, Super Dad had his turn in the kitchen for this week. He doesn’t cook for us often, but when he does it’s always amazing!
These fish parcels are super easy and super delicious. They started off with each fillet being baked in it’s own foil “parcel” but Mamma decided that we don’t have time for all that! They kept the name though, just because it works.
Place 4-6 frozen hake fillets into a glass oven dish. Drizzle with a good glug of olive oil, ground coarse salt and black pepper. Squeeze over juice of half a lemon, then cut slices of lemon and randomly arrange them into the dish as well.
Cover the fish with 4 handfuls of baby spinach leaves, crumble 3/4 cup of feta cheese on top and add 1/2 packet (or as many as you like) pitted green olives.
Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 35-40 minutes until the fish flakes easily using a fork.
Serve with white rice. I like to use the juices from the fish dish to dress my rice.
Everyone who has had this at Casa MammaChef in Jozi has loved it and I’m sure you will too! Send us your photos, comments or ideas, we love to hear from you!
Happy Youth Day! Wishing you all a beautiful and peaceful long weekend!
Simple, good food with lots of love and another special secret ingredient!
Place 6 lamb loin chops into a dish, add a small handful of rosemary leaves, thyme and a good grinding of coarse salt & black pepper. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and mix to coat the lamb chops all over. Leave to stand for 20 minutes.
Peel and quarter 8 large potatoes, place in a pot with cold, salted water on high heat and boil for 15-20 minutes.
Place the lamb chops upright (on the fatty side) into a frying pan on high heat to render down some of the fat and make it nice and crispy. Once browned, turn the chops onto their flat side and cook for 2,5 minutes on each side. Once done, remove from heat and leave to rest while finishing off the cooking. Use the remaining juices in the pan as a delicious gravy for the mash.
While chops are frying, place 2 cups frozen baby carrots, 1 cup frozen peas into a microwave dish. Cover with clingwrap and microwave on high for 6 minutes or until cooked through.
Drain water from potatoes, leave them in the covered pot to stand and steam for a minute or 2. Add some milk and butter to taste (or replace with coconut milk) and here’s the secret ingredient – 0,5 to 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard, pinch of salt and mash.
We added chickpeas (tinned) dressed with olive oil, vinegar, salt and black pepper as an extra nutritious side.
Easy peasy and approved by kids!