Bubble and Squeak – Traditional English dish

My mom and I decided to start some travel food posts Many years ago my mother traveled around Europe and loved it. We both have a love for food and for traveling and because I love to cook my mom is always encouraging me to try and create new dishes or to try dishes I have not made or had before.While the first few dishes are going to be simple and easy one’s because my mom had a very limited budget but always we needed to look at what was on special. We were able to get 7kgs of potato for really cheap at the pick n pay which is our local supermarket.

The first country we decided to start with is England.This country is very dear to us as we have lots of family there some of which we have not met yet and some we have.

So welcome today to our first travel food blog. When my mom went to England she was eighteen years old and she went with her older sister. They were blessed with a trip oversees by my grandfather as they had not had an opportunity to travel as much as there brothers had. They decided to do a contiki tour which started in London and ended in Athens. At the time my mom was Three months pregnant with me.They spent about a month traveling.

We have decided to do the following dishes because they are traditional dishes in England.

Bubble and Squeak

Fish and Chips

Bangers and Mash

A pie dish

Bread and butter pudding

Yorkshire pudding

Malva pudding

The dish we decided to do first is Bubble and Squeak. It is traditionally a leftovers dish were you can just throw all remaining cooked vegetables from a roast together. This bubble and squeak you can make from scratch.The main ingredients in bubble and squeak are potatoes and cabbage but you can add any other vegetable

Bubble and Squeak Recipe

Ingredients

500g chopped and peeled potatoes

Cabbage

Cheese

Vegetable oil

Chopped vegetables

Two tablespoons butter

Method 

Cook the potatoes in boiling water until soft. Once it is done put it in the mixing bowl with the butter, cabbage, vegetables  and cheese then mash until smooth. Once mashed shape them in flat circles until all are finished. Heat oil in a frying pan and add as many as much bubble and squeek as you can. Then turn every five minutes until golden brown. Once done serve as a side dish.

Our Family Braai

Us South Africans we love to braai and we braai any chance that we get. We braai on public holidays, days off, weekends, if there is no power. You name it we will braai and we don’t really need an excuse to do it. It is a great way to socialise or spend time with family. I also find it very relaxing. 

Yesterday was my moms day off work. We woke up fairly late, discussed what food we were going to cook this week and what we were going to do the whole day. We went to the shops with my landlords 3 year old grandson and his mom. I spent the time at the shops on WiFi downloading videos while my mom and the others went and bought groceries for a change we got home from the shops early.This never happens as my mother loves to abuse the WiFi at the shops.

My mom, my landlords grandson and I then braaied. I then started an awesome braai. I braaied boerewors that my mom bought with cheese and then I made Roast vegetables.

Ruby Roast Vegetables

Ingredients

Sweet Potato

Beetroot

Butternut

Red Onion

Mild Chilli Spice
Method

Chop up all the veg and add mild chilli spice. Put it in tin foil with a little bit of oil and either put it in an oven or on a braai or you can put it in a pot like we did because we had no tin foil and put the pot on the braai.

It was an awesome end to an amazing day.

 

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Macaroni and cheese

So this week I decided to make my most favorite dish in the world and the result was once again amazing

Ingredients

250g veg 

Macaroni

500g mince

Cheese


Method

Cook the macaroni as per instructions on the packet.While the macaroni is cooking. brown the mince and add the veg with the mince. Once mince,veg  and macaroni is done. pour both into a casserole dish and cover with cheese and put in a preheated oven and bake for half an hour. Once done serve hot.

Avo and Cheese Toastie Recipe

So we have had a rather hectic last couple of weeks.My mom got flu again and had to go to the doctor to be put on Antibiotics.She got better and then we think she had food poisoning boy was she not well. We had decided to try out a new restaurant at woolworths called the woolworths cafe and she was sick that night.

We also finally managed to get my SASSA grant approved after trying for a year and a half. I was accepted into hospitality college and then to our surprise offered a full scholarship. I am on my way to becoming a chef.Then to top it all of my best friends Dad suddenly passed away so i spent a few days being a really good friend.

Avo and cheese toastie


Ingredients

 avocado cut into pieces 

Grated cheese

Two slices of bread
Method

Butter bread and put avo and cheese on top of the slice and cover with the other slice and toast. Once toasted serve hot.

Boerie Spaghetti Recipe

Tomorrow is Youth Day and one thing us South Africans love to do is Braai. So my mom brought us boerewors to Cook inside as we don’t have a Braai to use outside.

Meal outcome: it was awesome a real youth day Braai meal

Boerie spaghetti

Ingredients

1 boerewors (sausage) cut into pieces 

1 butternut 

Grated cheese

1 tbs  butter

Method

Put the butternut into a pot with boiling water and cook until your able to mash it. In another pot Cook the macaroni. While both are cooking melt butter in a pan and add the boerewors Cook it for about five minutes one each side. And add it into the drained macaroni with the mashed butternut and grated cheese. Then leave to Cook for about five minutes then serve.

Optional: You can buy already made mashed butternut.

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Spaghetti Bolognaise

So the Fruit and Veg was having a special on Mince and Pasta and I so convinced Miss Bossy to buy them for me so that I could make spaghetti bolognaise for dinner and she eventually gave in after much begging and pleading .

Miss bossy then begged me for weeks to make it not knowing what I had planned for it cause I wanted to surprise her but I wanted it to be slightly different from the traditional version and different from what I normally make. I came up with this after playing around with a few ideas, then realised how much we love creamed spinach. I really think it can be added into everything (excluding desserts and a few other things) . We don’t normally eat so much pasta but our local supermarket was also having a special on pasta.

Spaghetti bolognaise
Ingredients

1 packet of spaghetti

450g Ground beef mince

Veg

Cheese

Mushrooms

Mushroom sauce

Creamed Spinach

Tomato Juice squeezed from fresh tomatoes

Butternut

Little bit of curry powder


Method

Cook the spaghetti  for about five minutes. while it’s cooking heat up the pan and brown the mince with the veg and mushrooms, then once the spaghetti is done. add the beef mixture into the spaghetti and add the mushroom sauce and grated cheese. then stir until cheese melts and serve.

The pasta turned out better than expected. It was simply out of this world.The only way to explain it is that it makes you feel like a kid again.

I am lucky I made plenty so that Miss Bossy and I can have some for lunch tomorrow because we love our leftovers.

We hope you enjoy this recipe

Tristan and Miss Bossy