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McCain’s Favourite Winter Warming Recipes – McCain Lamb Pot Pie

30 Sep

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What the hell happened to Spring??? Up here in the Highveld, it feels like another winter day and that’s making me wish for comfort food. So I decided that tonight we will have something warm and delicious. Here’s a really great and easy to follow recipe for Lamb Pot pie. Enjoy

Yield: Approximately 4 servings

Cooking time: 60-75 minutes


500g   Lamb, Cubes

To Taste  Salt

To Taste  Pepper

100 g   Flour

2 Tbsp   Olive Oil

1 Tbsp   Butter

100 g   McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onion

1    Garlic, clove, minced

1 cup    Celery + Leek, chopped

50 g    Tomato Paste

100 ml   Red Wine (*Optional)

1 Lt    Beef Stock

1   Tomato, chopped

5 Sprigs   Rosemary

Small Handful  Parsley

1   Bay Leaf

500 g    McCain Stew Mix


1 Roll   Puff Pastry

25-50 ml  Egg wash (equal amount egg and milk)


  1. Season the lamb cubes with salt and pepper and dust with the flour
  2. Heat oil and butter in a large pot over high heat and seal the lamb in batches until golden brown remove and keep aside for later use
  3. In the same pot add the McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onion, garlic, celery, leek and cook until soft
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes
  5. Deglaze with the red wine, add the beef stock and bring to the boil
  6. Add the lamb cubes, rosemary, parsley, bay leaf and bring to the boil, turn down the heat to low and simmer until the lamb is soft, but not falling apart
  7. Remove from heat, stir in the McCain Stew Mix, season with salt and pepper and allow to cool
  8. Preheat oven to 180C.  Roll out puff pastry and cut disks big enough to line a pie dish/s
  9. Divide the pie filling between the pie dish/s and top with the pastry lid
  10. Brush with egg wash and cut a small hole in the top
  11. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and golden brown

Asking for more

24 Jun

I enjoy eating fish but I never buy it fresh because I don’t know how to fry/grill/spice it well enough for it to taste like I bought it. There is nothing like a mean piece of grilled salmon with baby potatoes and a green salad right? I can almost taste it… and before I forget, this is not a sponsored post, if it was, trust me I’d blab about the freebies I got to try.

Let me say that I am by no means a domestic goddess of any kind. I love Nigella Lawson basically because she’s a big girl who loves to eat rich food, oh  and she can cook. In my early months of marriage, I would try to impress my new husband as any wife would. I googled Jamie Oliver recipes and found a particularly interesting recipe called Chicken In Milk. It looked pretty simple, cook the chicken in milk with the veggies and lemon rind, the lemon would curdle the milk and create a sauce. You cannot believe how tender chicken was, talk about falling off the bone. Sad to say that’s not what my rural, coloured, can’t-do-anything-except-fry-beans-then husband was worried about. All he could see what that the chicken was in milk and not a curry!!! That began the journey into my culinary-shell, so to speak. It’s still a running joke in my household and the only time I ventured to try anything new with abandon was when Sam started eating solids. Back to the story.

I’ve had my fair share of “boxed fish” and the crumbed kind haven’t really tickled my (our my husband’s) culinary fancy but going against my better

judgement I decided to buy the I&J Flame Grills and I have not been sorry. On Wednesday evening, I knew I wanted to make a fish dish but had no idea what I was going to throw together. As I was reading the instructions, I noticed the recipe also looked quite simple. Well let me tell you that Sam enjoyed his “noodles” (and fish), Lester took some to work as lunch the next day and then ordered me to make that meal again for lunch on Sunday. Even I was blown away by how much my family enjoyed a simple meal that took about half an hour to put together. Yes, I said put together because there was very little to cook, or very little cooking to do, you know, my kind of cooking.
For other simple meal ideas for everyday cooking check out this I&J site, you’ll be amazed.

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Part 2 of the Nestle Salt Awareness Food Challenge

7 Jun
My gift in the post

My gift in the post

So last week I explained in THIS post about the Food Challenge by Nestle’. Here’s a look at what got delivered to my home, complete with a recipe as well for the recipe below.

 Here’s the recipe, Beef Stroganoff: (serves 4)


Flour for dusting


Beef fillet cut into strips


Olive oil


Unsalted butter


Red peppers, sliced


Onion, chopped


Maggi Lazenby Worcestershire sauce






Boiling water


Nestle’ Ideal Cook-in milk, mushroom and garlic flavour

Freshly ground black pepper


Flat leaf parsley


Dust beef strips lightly in flour, this step is very important and I made a rookie error. I dusted the beef with too much flour and in the end my gravy was way too thick and floury (in taste) if you know what I mean. Heat a frying pan and add oil and half of the butter. When foaming, add the beef and fry for 2-3 minutes on both sides until browned all over. I prefer to brown (cook) my meat for much longer, I left my meat on low heat for about 20-30 minutes so that it would be more tender. Remove and set aside.

Using the same frying pan, add the remaining butter. Fry the onions for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms and red peppers and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, mustard and paprika to cook for 1 minute. Add the water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cook-in milk and mix well. Return the beef to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Finally add the black pepper and parsley and serve with brown rice or pre-cooked Tagliatelle pasta.

The next recipe

The next recipe

Because we’re trying to cut down on salt intake, I added twice as much garlic in the beginning of the process and sweet basil dried herbs in the end. I must (quietly) admit that my dish was not a resounding success for me because of the floury gravy but I added milk (like for a white sauce) and that did salvage it somewhat.

I have not been put off my quest with Nestle’, I had so much fun that I’m going to give it another bash with this…. I’ll keep you posted, its Creamy Prawn Fettucine…. delish!


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