Yesterday, I had an amazing time cooking at the HecticNine 9 Studios! Oh my God! The presenters, Ayanda and Lesego, are insane! There’s too much energy in that studio and they are both complete naturals! They make TV presenting look effortless! I really take my hat off to them.
The theme or rather topic of the episode was KZN townships, the lifestyle, food, music and the people. My KZN based reader turned friend and colleague, Samkelisiwe Mhlongo, came to my rescue. We brainstormed recipe ideas and I ended up going for the Mince noBhontshisi recipe. It’s an easy recipe, perfect for mid-week. One wont spend a lot of time slaving in the kitchen. Samkelisiwe tells me they serve it with Phuthu, Rice or uJeqe (Steamed Bread). You should have seen the crew after the filming. Let me just say, there was no food left! Ha! Check out the recipe below!
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@mzansicuisine lekker baba. Say hi to Calmin, one of the presenters. He was one of my students.
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Mince and Bhontshisi (Beans) Served on Phuthu
Serves: 2 – 4
30ml (2Tbsp) canola or olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
10ml (2tsp) medium curry powder
±400g lean beef mince
1 beef stock pot
30ml (2Tbsp) tomato paste
400g (1 can) red kidney beans, drained
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
5 sprigs Italian parsley, chopped
- Heat oil in a frying pan. Add the onions, garlic and fry gently until transparent.
- Add peppers and cook, stirring continuously until they start to soften, say for about a minute. The peppers should not lose their crispy texture.
- Add curry powder and stir it in with a wooden spoon.
- Add mince and cook until its starts to brown.
- Add stock pot and mix it through until dissolved and blended.
- Add beans and stir them into the mince mixture.
- Adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper.
- Add parsley just before serving.
- Serve with hot Phutu and sliced chillies.
250ml (1 cup) boiling water
15ml (1Tbsp) butter
750ml (3 cups) quick cooking maize-meal
- Transfer the boiling water to a medium sized saucepan. Add the butter into the boiling water.
- Add maize-meal all at once stirring with a fork until it starts to resemble coarse breadcrumbs.
- Cover with lid and simmer for 2 minutes.