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This is one of my all time favourite recipes.

This ‘pasta’ is warming for the soul, freezes well and reheats even better: making it perfect for meal prep. Some may prefer to call it a salad as its light and that mixture of red green and yellow makes it more authentic and at the same time appetising. Try it for a romantic meal for two or those lazy cold nights where by you don’t want to hover around the stove after a hard day at work.

CHICKEN PESTO PASTA

INGREDIENTS
1 brown onion finely diced
3 rashers streaky bacon nitrate free is best, diced
2 cloves garlic finely minced
3 button mushrooms chopped
1 whole smoked chicken deboned and chopped
1 can Coconut Cream
2 tablespoons heaped pesto free of nasty oils
3 sundried tomatoes diced
4 medium Zucchini made into ‘zoodles’
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pine Nuts to garnish

METHOD
Heat a large saucepan over a medium-high heat and add a tsp of coconut oil. Add your bacon and begin to fry off. After the bacon starts to get nice and crispy, add your onions. If you’re using a non-stick pot then you won’t need oil, however I like to use it to help the onions sauté down.
Once your onions are starting to go translucent, add some salt to taste (maybe a tsp) followed by your garlic and mushrooms.
After a minute of frying these together, add your chicken and stir to combine, followed by your coconut cream.
Now add your pesto and stir. Once combined, add your sundried tomatoes.
Finally add your zucchini and cook for 2-3 minutes until tender.

CHEF’S TIP
*Best served garnished with pine nuts.
*NB – This column is a repeat. Chef Faith returns with new yummy dishes next week.

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Nothing beats freshly baked bread

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I love fresh bread and nothing beats freshly baked bread. The smell is what gets me every single time.

Over the years I’ve certainly baked my share of breads and while I may have some favorites, in general I love all bread. I’m what they call equal opportunity when it comes to fresh bread. I’ve certainly baked my share of bread rolls and flatbreads, but sometimes I just love a good old naan bread to dip in some good homemade hummus or butter chicken.

NAAN BREAD

INGREDIENTS
*2 teaspoons active yeast
*1 tsp sugar
*1/2 cup water lukewarm
*1/4 cup vegetable oil
*1 egg large
*1/4 cup yogurt plain
*2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1/2 tsp salt
*12 tsp olive oil
*4 Tablespoons butter melted
*2 Tablespoons parsley chopped

METHOD
Heat the oven to 200 F degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water. Lightly whisk it all together, and then let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes or until the yeast dissolves and starts to foam. To the same bowl, add the oil, yogurt and egg, and whisk well. Set aside.

To the bowl of your mixer, combine the flour with the salt. Add the yeast mixture and mix for a couple minutes, until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour, starting with a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be nice and soft but not sticky. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap.

Turn OFF your oven, place the bowl inside and allow to rise for about 30 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in size. I use this trick all the time to speed up the rising time. Mine only took about 40 minutes, so the time depends on your yeast and your environment. After it rises, cut the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape each piece into a small ball. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add about 1 tsp of olive oil.

Roll out one ball at a time until it’s about 1/3 inch thick and about 5 inches in diameter. Add the piece of rolled dough to the hot skillet and cook for about 1 minute, the skillet should be very hot, so you’ll see bubbles forming as you cook the dough on the first side. Flip the dough and cook the other side until the bottom is golden. Repeat with remaining dough until all of the pieces are cooked. Keep the naan covered in a towel so that it doesn’t dry out. When all of them are cooked, brush each one with the melted butter and garnish with some parsley.

CHEF’S TIP
Add cheddar cheese to the dough for a classy recipe. PS – Like my Facebook page Chef Faith for more recipes and culinary videos.

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Tea time with yummy brownies and fudge

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If you love brownies and fudge, why not combine the two? Mix up a pan of these exquisite brownies for any holiday or special gatherings…or just when you want to treat yourself to the ultimate chocolate dessert.

CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES
INGREDIENTS
*1-cup butter
*4 cups unsweetened chocolate, chopped
*2 cups sugar
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*4 large eggs
*1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1-teaspoon baking powder
1/2-teaspoon salt
*1 cup chopped walnuts

TOPPING
*4-1/2 cups sugar
*1 can evaporated milk
*1/2-cup butter, cubed
*1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
*1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
*1 jar marshmallow cream
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*2 cups chopped walnuts

METHOD
1. In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat; blend in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to chocolate mixture. Stir in walnuts.
Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack while preparing topping.

2.Combine the sugar, milk and butter in a large heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat. Stir in the chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and vanilla until smooth. Add walnuts. Spread over warm brownies. Freeze for 3 hours or until firm. Cut into 1-in. squares. Store in the refrigerator.
CHEF’S TIP
*It is precisely in busy families that a sustaining piece of cake at tea time will be particularly welcome.
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