Homemade bread makes a delicious injection of carbs to your dinner of ginger carrot soup to power your long run the next day. Or it makes a downright Martha Stewart host/hostess gift to go with that bottle of wine. And it doesn’t have to be a giant mess or a production with a breadmaker.
Grits, Polenta, & Pap | Americans, Italians and South Africans -all three cultures (or their sub-cultures) use ground corn meal to make a creamy delicious base to project other ingredients on and create a yummy dinner. It’s good enough for them and therefore it’s good enough for us. Here’s what we ate plus six more ideas for your culinary fantasizing.
How can your vegetarian friends enjoy the miraculous taste of southern barbeque? By bbq-ing tofu you silly goose.
1 package extra firm tofu, frozen over night and thawed, cut into rectangles, ½ inch wide
1 large egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
salt, pepper, spices to taste
1 cup of bbq sauce, plus more (for what is bbq but a vehicle to get that sauce in your mouth?
Olive oil, a couple glugs
Sometimes the thirst generated by shopping with your mom and sister can only be quenched by a pink drink that contains tequila and is low in sugar.
Sometimes you gotta make gooey bacon-y, breadcrumb-covered minnesota mac & cheese.
While watching Django Unchained (who else has an unsettling crush on Christoph Walz?) all I could think through the shooting is “Damn, I’d love some of that white cake.” White cake is a Whole Thing in the south so I used a recipe that was a winner of a contest from Southern Living magazine.
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder (not baking soda!!)
5 egg whites
Vanilla Buttercream frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (32-oz.) package powdered sugar
6 to 7 Tbsp. milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
There is a magical amazing sandwich in Minnesota that can be found at Davanni’s called a meatball sub. It’s so wrong that it’s right. They can’t be overnighted to South Africa so we must be like the resourceful people who first settled the harsh lands of Minnesota (the Dakota) and make our own. Sunday was spent in a wine hangover haze until these sweet sweet sammies were in my mouth. Then we watched Life of Pi, which was meh.
1 kilo/2 pounds chakalaka pork sausages, casings removed
3 slices of sandwich bread, shred in a food processor or by your hands
1 tsp worcersteshire sauce
1 tsp onion powder
3/4 cup of water
1/3 cup shredded parmesan or grana padano
1 chilli, chopped into miniscule bits
2 garlic cloves
A couple big glugs olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
1 chilli pepper, chopped
Salt, to taste
1/3 cup shredded parmasan or grana padano
1 small lick of butter
6 basil leaves, chopped
2 onions, sliced thinly
Olive oil, some glugs
A pinch of sea salt
Patience and care
8ish 6inch seeded buns (your favorite kind)
buffalo mozzarella. Make sure it’s buffalo because that other stuff is tasteless! Also if you’re feeding 8 I would get at least two big balls, and shred it.