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Curry Chicken Meatballs with Pauli’s Spicy Brinjali Sauce

Curry Chicken Meatballs with Pauli’s Spicy Brinjali Sauce


Curry Chicken Meatballs with Pauli’s Spicy Brinjali Sauce

This recipe is very versatile. You can also add tomato puree to the sauce to change the taste slightly. If you can't get hold of Pauli's Spicy Brinjali Sauce, you can substitute with any curry sauce you like, either ready made or home made.


  • 500 g chicken mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 4 tbsp Pauli's Spicy Brinjali Sauce
  • plain yoghurt for serving
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil


  • Cook basmati rice according to packet instructions.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together chicken mince, garlic, salt and pepper (to taste) and about 1 tbsp olive oil. Scoop out about 3/4 tbsp at a time and roll into balls, placing them onto a plate.
  • In a large pan over medium high heat, warm a glug of olive oil. Add the chicken meatballs and brown well all around.
  • Once chicken is browned, remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add a glug of olive oil to the same pan and saute the onions and pepper together for 3-4 minutes until just softened. Lower heat and add 4 heaped tbsp of Pauli's Spicy Brinjali Sauce, frozen spinach and stir well. Add back the chicken, cover the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve on top of rice and add plain yoghurt or cream.


Gluten free - no breadcrumbs needed. Eggless. Sugar free.

Broccoli Bacon Cheese & Chicken Bake – an Instant Family Favourite

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.

Broccoli Bacon Cheese & Chicken Bake – an Instant Family Favourite


Broccoli Bacon Cheese & Chicken Bake – an Instant Family Favourite


  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 packet diced bacon
  • 6-8 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mozarella/white cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • Place chicken breasts flat on a cutting board, drizzle with a little olive oil & cover with cling wrap.
  • Bash with your fist to flatten them evenly (great stress reliever).
  • Remove cling wrap and season with ground salt & black pepper.
  • Spray an oven dish with olive oil cooking spray and place chicken breasts into the dish.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to boil, add broccoli and boil for 2 minutes to blanch.
  • At the same time, fry bacon bits in a small pan until golden.
  • Drain broccoli well.
  • Add broccoli and bacon bits to dish with chicken. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Pork Chops with Couscous, Butternut & Ricotta Spinach

Pork Chops with Couscous, Butternut & Ricotta Spinach


Pork Chops with Couscous, Butternut & Ricotta Spinach

Butternut and creamy ricotta spinach is always a winning combination. Add wholewheat couscous which is fat free, sugar free and rich in fibre for a healthy side, with lean pork chops as protein for a nutritious weekday meal!


  • 200 g frozen spinach, thawed, well drained
  • 80 g ricotta
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp cream/coconut cream
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 butternut, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup wholewheat couscous
  • 1 vegetable stock pot
  • 4-6 pork chops
  • ground salt & black pepper
  • olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • Place butternut into a shallow oven dish lined with baking paper.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season with half the garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
  • Boil water in the kettle.
  • Place 1 cup dry couscous to a bowl, add 1 cup of boiling water and vegetable stock pot. Mix well to dissolve stock pot.
  • Add a dash of olive oil and cover with clingwrap. Leave to stand.
  • Rub pork chops with a drizzle of olive oil, season with salt & pepper.
  • Grill on a hot electric grill or grilling pan until nicely browned on both sides and cooked through. Remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, mix together frozen spinach, ricotta, remaining garlic, cream and nutmeg.
  • Place into a small saucepan over medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • When couscous has absorbed all the moisture, remove cling wrap and fluff with a fork.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Steak with Potato Wedges and Fresh Vegetables

Steak with Potato Wedges and Fresh Vegetables

Category: Weekday Meals


Steak with Potato Wedges and Fresh Vegetables

Your favourite cut of steak, grilled and served with baked potato wedges and steamed vegetables. Simple and healthy. Gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, high in protein. If anyone is avoiding carbs, cut out the potatoes and give yourself an extra serving of veg.


  • 4 beef steaks (your favourite cut)
  • 8 potatoes, cut into wedges
  • handful green beans, tips trimmed
  • 4 large carrots, halved and sliced into sticks
  • 1-2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 -1 tsp dried rosemary
  • olive oil
  • ground salt & black pepper


    Potato Wedges
  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • Line an oven tray with baking paper. Spread potato wedges out evenly on the baking paper.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, evenly sprinkle with garlic & rosemary, season with ground salt & black pepper.
  • Place into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While potatoes are cooking, rub the steaks with a little olive oil & season with salt & black pepper.
  • Place onto a hot electric grill or steak pan.
  • Cook to your preference, turning once.
  • When done, remove from the heat and set aside, covered, to rest.
  • Steam carrots and green beans for 5-6 minutes until just tender but still firm.

Favourite Weekday Meal Feature – Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

The perfect weekday meal for hot summer evenings when you just can’t bring yourself to eating anything that has been near a stove.

These tuna lettuce wraps are healthy, refreshing and substantial enough to fill even the hungriest of tummies! Gluten free option with lettuce as a wrap only, or add some fibre with a wholegrain tortilla wrap. It’s juicy, crispy, tasty and ready in a flash!

Click on the image for the recipe card.

Favourite Meal Feauture Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

One thing that is guaranteed to save you money in 2018.

Money, money, money… must be funny…

The Entertainer logo

It’s that fabulous season during which we reflect on the events of the past year, successes and failures, happiness and sadness. Some people set goals and intentions for the future and some take it that one step too far with this silly list of things called New Years Resolutions. I gave that silly list up a long time ago… I am a mom. My goals are simply to keep the little people alive, brush my hair now and then and try not to burn the house down.

The Entertainer 2018

Seriously though, it’s not easy having a business, blogging in between, managing school and activities (I’m that mom who needs several extra reminders). Why am I talking about school already? Let me stop right there… I mean, if you enjoy arguing about lunches at 6am, I cannot recommend parenting highly enough.

The Entertainer 2018

My point being, with all this going on we still want to find time for entertainment and save money too. Impossible? No!


The Entertainer!

Here’s the secret to saving a packet of money on restaurants (first and foremost), leisure and entertainment, beauty, retail and even hotels!

It’s a buy one get one free Christmas miracle and it keeps getting better and better. With The Entertainer there’s always something to smile about and so, we were invited along to the Johannesburg launch of the #Entertainer2018 held at Parker’s Comedy Club and had an absolute blast!

The Entertainer 2018

We, being myself and SuperDad and about 100 of Joburg’s coolest food and lifestyle bloggers, were treated to a lineup of hilarious comedians, good food and the freshest news about the new app.

With an established footprint from Hong Kong to the UK, The Entertainer has recently added Bali to the list of locations – my bucket list destination just became a little bit closer to reach! The app also tracks your actual savings and the cost of the (teeny weeny) annual fee will pay for itself several times over even if you only use it once a month.

The punchline

Sounds like a great deal to me! SuperDad may even be persuaded to go and eat at an outside establishment occasionally…

Thanks to The Entertainer for a fabulously fun evening and for many more to come in 2018! Cheers!

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Say yes to loads of new adventures and win one for your family.

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

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!

Adventure Clubs La Cremosa Gelato

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!

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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!

To enter:

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.

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Heritage Day & Our Visit to the Military History Museum

Heritage Day – 24 September

The incredible thing about this country and it’s beautiful people, is the huge variety of heritage that we can learn about from eachother. One step further than that, our melting pot has formed such a unique culture that we share as South Africans that I don’t believe exists anywhere else in the world!

This special public holiday is therefore aimed at everyone sharing and celebrating their unique heritage. In the MammaChef household, we truly are not only a modern family, but a multi-heritage family as well!

My father was born in Germany and my grandparents came to South Africa shortly after WW2, when he was a young boy. My mother was born in South Africa, but descended from a mixture of Irish and French backgrounds.

SuperDad’s parents are both from Madeira. Our children therefore have a wonderful, rich mixture of different languages, cultures and food to incorporate into their South African context and share with their friends!

National Museum of Military History

After much discussion, we decided to take a “sho’t left” to the National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg, which is next to the Joburg Zoo. I hadn’t been there since I was very young, in fact I had no memory of what it was like – it was that long ago!

I knew that the boys would enjoy seeing the vehicles etc, but I actually had no idea how much they would love it!

Blake (4) has such a fantastic imagination and can completely immerse himself in little toys and pretend play. He absolutely loved being able to climb on the cannons, see the huge planes, the uniforms and the vehicles. He especially loved playing ship captain on the “deck” of the SAS Tafelberg with it’s huge wooden wheel. For days after this visit, everyone was called “Matey”!


My son Wade, who is 8, really enjoyed the different weapons on display. He asked me to read the descriptions and stories behind certain displays. We noted the distances that the various cannons could shoot at. One item that we found particularly interesting was a small side window from an aeroplane. A bullet hole had gone right through the middle of the glass. It’s displayed in a frame with a black and white photo showing the pilot looking through the little window. He had a huge smile on his face.

We learned that this was a look of pure joy to be alive! The story went that during a battle, a shot went through the window next to his head. His goggles were shot right off his face! He didn’t sustain even a tiny scratch! I’m quite convinced however that he had a new outlook on life from that day onwards!

Not Just Exhibits

After we had taken a walk through all the exhibits, we spent quite a bit of time with the boys on the playground which has an old Jeep and the shell of a helicopter to play on. The adventures took on a life of their own! Mamma and Daddy got to sit peacefully on a bench in the garden and watch the fascinated faces of all the children who were running around having just as much fun.

There is a small coffee shop serving light meals and refreshments. I found that overall, it was very well maintained, clean and safe. All in all a great day out for all of us and something we are definitely planning on taking cousins and friends to in the near future.


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A Must Try South African Braai (or any time) Classic

The Braai Broodjie

I have always loved a good old, classic Braai Broodjie… The idea is that you prepare your sandwiches (broodjies) almost like you would with a toasted cheese and after your meat has been cooked on the braai, the last thing you do is place your broodjie in a folding braai grid and toast them over the coals.

I always loved the braai broodjie, that is until I had the one made by my friend, Christel (famous for her Creative Cooking features here on MammaChef Jozi). Now I am addicted to them! I don’t actually need anything else in my life, other than wine! Okay I may be taking it a bit far, but try it for yourself and you will understand.

We went away on a ladies weekend about a year ago to a lovely little cottage outside Parys in the Free State. The four of us have been friends ever since our first year out of high school, when we all enrolled for a year long diploma in Tourism Management. It was definitely one of the highlight years of my life and we have memories and stories to last us a lifetime! We also have friendships from that year to last a lifetime and the four of us try to get away together at least once a year, even though we now live some distance from eachother.

On this particular weekend, we each brought our contribution to the meal. One friend brought her braai skills, another made the wonderful salad, another brought the most amazing chicken espetadas and Christel graced us with her braai broodjies and now – I have the recipe forever immortalised on the interwebs!

Without any further delay…

The Very Best Braai Broodjie Recipe Ever

braai broodjie roasting on the grid

Best with white bread but you can also use #freshearthbakehouse#freshearthfoodstore gluten free white bread. Find their store here.

Butter the bread generously, each mm up to the edges!!! There’s always some debate about butter on the inside or outside – you can choose. I buttered the inside.

After that, spread the secret ingredient on one slice : apricot jam. If you don’t have jam, use Mrs H.S Balls Original Recipe Chutney.

Add slices of tomato on top of the jam.

Add roughly chopped up onions on top of the tomatoes.

Salt and pepper.

Add cheddar cheese on top of everything. Please don’t be shy. You can also add Mozzarella cheese.

Close in a braai grid.
Place on braai after meat was taken off. Turn frequently. Take off when outside is crisp and the cheese is melted.

Best sandwich ever!!!


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