Friday, 29 February 2008

Fried Cabbage

Cabbage always seems available in Zimbabwe and if one is lucky enough to grow green or red cabbages this colourful dish is sure to please. Try using one green and one red cabbage for real contrast! 1 small Onion, finely chopped 6 tbsp. Oil 1 large Tomato, sliced 1/2 tsp. Salt 1/2 tsp. curry powder 1 med Cabbage, shredded (red or green) 2 each Carrots, sliced into thin rounds and cooked until just starting to become soft 1 each Green bell pepper, chopped Over moderate heat, fry the onion in oil until lightly browned, stirring to prevent scorching. Add tomatoes, salt & curry powder & continue to stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add cabbage, carrots & pepper & mix well. Pour in about 1/2 c water. Cover the pot, reduce heat & simmer until the liquid is abosrbed & the cabbage is still slightly crunchy.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Wacky Chocolate Cake

No eggs? No electricity (but you still have gas for the gas stove)? try baking a wacky cake with no eggs and no need to beat the mixture! 1 1//2 cups flour 1 cup sugar (brown or white) 3 tablespoons cocoa 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon vinegar (white or brown) 5 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup cold water Mix flour, sugar. cocao, baking powder and salt in a square or oblong pan Make three wells in the flour mixture. In one put the vanilla, in another the vinegar and in the third the oil. Pour the cold water over the mixtures and stir. You can add nuts to the mixture if you like - the cake tastes very much like brownies and the addition of the nuts makes it very special. You can also dust it with icing sugar after baking or make a fudge icing and pour this over the cake when baked. No need to beat. Bake at 350F oven until it springs back. And if you do have power - you can bake it for 6 to 8 minutes in the microwave!