This is a super easy, tasty tart for a light snack or with pre-drinks. I cheated a little and added some of Woolworth’s Onion Marmalade simply because my family loves it and it really did make it just that more flavourful and saves a lot of time and effort.
1 purple onion, sliced
salt and pepper, for seasoning
4 tsp sugar
half a packet ready rolled puff pastry, and flour for rolling
1 egg, for brushing
100 g feta cheese, diced
4 tsp onion marmalade
Watercress or Rocket, for decoration
Preheat the oven to 200°C and prepare a baking tray by lining it with baking paper.
Heat a large saucepan with a little oil and fry the onion until brown. Add the water and the sugar and let it simmer until the water is reduced to a thick syrup.
Roll out the pastry on a floured surface according to packet instructions. Cut the sides to make it more even.
Move the pastry to the baking tray and fold the sides over to create an edge. This will prevent the syrup from leaking on to the tray (though a little of mine did still leak).
Scoop the onions on to the tart and be sure to pour the syrup in the centre as it will spread. Place the Feta cheese on top of the onions.
Bake for 15 min or until golden.
Scoop the onion marmalade on the tart once removed from the oven and spread slightly. Decorate with the watercress or rocket and serve.
PS- I only used half of the pack for the tart, so if you plan on making a large tart using the entire packet of pastry you should double the recipe.
This is one of the best ideas I’ve come across for Christmas leftovers. We always have a little Champagne/Sparkling wine and plain ice cream leftover so this is great for clearing the fridge. It doesn’t even matter if the Champagne isn’t as fizzy as it was to begin with as it still tastes great!
I won’t call this a recipe, but rather an idea. Scoop a little ice cream in a champagne glass and top up with Champagne. Finish with fresh berries or cherries and enjoy!
‘Outydse soetkoekies’ are traditional South African butter and sugar biscuits that translates as ‘old fashioned sweet biscuit’, though it isn’t as catchy as in Afrikaans (my home language). It is perfect for the festive season as the aroma of the spices fills the home and has become a Christmas tradition in our home.
5ml baking powder
15ml Mixed Spice
60ml sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to a 180°C. Prepare a baking tray by lining it with baking paper and spray it with Spray-and-Cook or something similar.
Cream the butter, sugar and Marsala.
Sift and mix all the dry ingredients together.
Beat the egg into the butter mixture.
Mix the butter mixture with the dry ingredients by gently kneading until it forms a stiff dough. Add a little extra flour if necessary.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until o,5cm thick. Cut-out desired shapes and place on baking tray.
Sprinkle unbaked biscuits with sugar and gently press it slightly into the dough.
Bake for 8-10min until slightly golden brown. Let cool on wire rack before storing in an airtight container.
Lately I’ve seen many recipes for the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, but at R600 it is a little to expensive for me. Then I found a plastic ice-cream mold at my local Spar for only R20- score! I coudn’t wait to try some of those delicious recipes. This one is super easy and quick. I made it this weekend with some over-ripe strawberries and it came out divine!
250 ml water
125 ml sugar
200 g strawberries, hulled and pulped in a food processor
Boil the water and sugar on the stove top until all the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool.
Wash the strawberries, hull them and blend in a food processor until smooth.
Add the syrup mixture and blend.
Pour into mold and place in the deep-freeze.
This is where you have to have patience! I waited overnight and was rewarded the following morning with some yummie popsicles!
PS: As photography isn’t my strong point I borrowed this picture from The Slow Roasted Italian. Mine came out looking exactly like that. For a slight zing you can follow their recipe and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the mixture.