Just Call Me Martha Stewart, Bitch

So I’ve been feeling the Martha Stewart vibe lately, and doing lots of cooking. Attempting to do the diet thing and make healthy food. But healthy food that tastes good. And there’s been  more than a few requests for some of my recipes – hence blogging them. The first one is a diet-friendly one. The second one? Definitely not diet friendly. But decadently delicious.

CHICKEN, BUTTERNUT & CHICKPEA CURRY:

this was a pretty made-up-on-the-spot kind of recipe….so it’s pretty easy to follow.

Ingredients:
1 x large onion, roughly chopped
1 x large tomato, skin removed and cubed
1-2 tablespoon oil
1/2 butternut, peeled and cut into medium-sized cubes
1/2 can of chickpeas, drained
4-5 baby marrows (or any other veggie you like)
2-3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small squares
1 tablespoon curry powder
30ml apricot juice (that’s about 2 tablespoons) or you can use a tablespoon or two of chutney – it’s to cut the acidity of the tomato
1/3 of a tin of tomato and onion mix (I use the All Gold Mexican mix)
freshly chopped coriander
1 tablespoon of dried cumin

Method:

  • Fry the onionS in the curry powder until they’re soft. Then add the baby marrows and chopped tomato
  • Add the apricot juice/chutney and the butternut
  • Add the chicken and a little bit of water so that the veggies have something to cook in
  • Add the cumin and put your own salt/pepper/other spices
  • Add the tomato mix and cook over a low/medium heat until the butternut is almost soft.
  • Then add the chickpeas
  • Once the butternut is completely cooked through, mix in the chopped coriander and stir.

It’s that simple.  I made Tastic brown rice with split peas to go with this. Boyfriend LOVED it. Despite his deathly aversion to chickpeas….

CHOCOLATE FRIDGE CAKE:

i have no idea why this recipe is called ‘cake’ – there’s no flour and theres *NO BAKING INVOLVED* and it doesnt really have a cake-like spongy texture – but it is delicious and it is definitely worth it!

Ingredients:
2 x 100g slab fruit and nut chocolate
2 x 100g slab dark chocolate (I dont like dark choc, so I used Top Deck and I’ve also used white chocolate with awesome results)
100g butter
150g digestive biscuits/ tennis biscuits (digestives are what i usually use)
1 handful nuts (I used mixed nuts – macadamia, almond, brazil etc)
Baking paper

Method:

  1. Grease  the base and sides of a cake tin/glass dish  (regular size)
  2. Line the tin/dish with baking paper
  3. Break all the slabs of chocolate into pieces
  4. Place in heatproof bowl with butter
  5. Bring a pan of water to the boil and place bowl over boiling water until the mixture is melted (you know, the double-boiler method. I used a colander over the pot to put the bowl in)
  6. Remove from heat and stir in nuts and biscuits
  7. pour into cake tin
  8. Press mixture flat and chill in the fridge (i usually chill it overnight)
  9. When chilled, break up into pieces. or cut into squares before the mixture has set properly.

(one variation i tried is a layer of crushed digestive biscuits on the bottom of the cake tin, followed by pouring the chocolate mixture and pressing it on top – came out awesome…)

So there you go. Let me know what you think.

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14 Responses to Just Call Me Martha Stewart, Bitch

  1. Tanya says:

    nice and healthy choc cake! 😉

    sounds yum!!

    think i will try both some time…!
    .-= Tanya´s last blog ..Weekend – all things “non-car-related” =-.

  2. StevenMcD says:

    Think I’ll give that Fridge cake a go 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Angel says:

    Ooh… the fridge cake looks divine!
    .-= Angel´s last blog ..Blog Challenge =-.

  4. Poegeyed says:

    Nom nom nom. That cake is definitely getting made this weekend for a braai. I count the weekend as my cheat day from dieting. No person in their right mind could diet on the weekend.
    .-= Poegeyed´s last blog ..F2F Blog Challenge =-.

  5. NickiD says:

    Thanks … now I’m salivating 😛

  6. Alet says:

    Sounds very yummy!
    .-= Alet´s last blog ..Were there really ever any doubts? =-.

  7. cassey says:

    I’ve just had breakfast and now I’m hungry again :p They seem most yummy 🙂
    .-= cassey´s last blog ..It’s been a few days of bad ideas =-.

  8. Thanks – but I’ll go for the chocolate cake.

  9. blackhuff says:

    The Chicken, Butternut & Chickpea Curry looks devine. Will surely give that one a try

  10. Hardspear says:

    I am definitely going to try the curry – love chickpeas

    Thanks for commenting on my blog
    .-= Hardspear´s last blog ..Amazon Kindle in South Africa 2 – My experience =-.

  11. Fairy Girl says:

    My word you are a talented woman:) I am now so hungry, will definitely try the curry – my favourite food.
    .-= Fairy Girl´s last blog ..Totally bushed =-.

  12. Cornelia says:

    Trying your curry recipe tonight. What is it with men and chickpeas…? 🙂 doubt mine will even notice them. Thanks for the cool recipe!

  13. daisy says:

    omgosh – I LOVE the title of this post – and that curry sounds delicious!! What are digestive biscuits? That sounds yummy too!!

  14. SirDyl says:

    Hey there, I would like to feature you in a post. I need to use a picture to do this. Can u mail me to chat about this. I want to do a new series on SA geek ladies.

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