Quick, easy, economical holiday hints

2015-12-02 06:00

ARE you looking for a quick and easy snack - micro- waving in a mug could be the answer.

In 90 seconds, bake a Molten chocolate cake as follows:

Mix 60ml milk, 2 tablespoons oil in a heat-proof 400ml mug or jug. Sir and mix until no lumps. Add 160ml Sasko chocolate muffin mix.

Take 29g chocolate of your choice and push into centre of the mix - then microwave for 90 seconds (depending on the power of you microwave.

The above will take 90 seconds in an 850 watt microwave­.

Allow to cool and serve with cream or ice cream.
- Sasko.

In the mood for quiche, but not in the mood to make an entire "pie" just for yourself, then make it in a mug. It's the perfect way to start your morning and you can fill it with whatever you have in your kitchen. This recipe uses prosciutto or ham, but feel free to make a vegetarian version with spinach.


1 egg

1 1/2 tablespoons milk


ground black pepper

1/4 of a bagel (or similar amount of French bread, etc.)

2 teaspoons cream cheese

1/2 slice prosciutto or ham

Fresh thyme leaves or fresh chopped chives

Dijon mustard


Beat egg and milk together with a fork in a coffee cup, adding salt and pepper to taste. Tear bread into dime-size pieces; stir in. Add cream cheese, stir in. Tear or cut prosciutto into small pieces; add to mixture. Sprinkle with thyme.

Microwave on high until done, about one minute, 10 seconds. Garnish with mustard.

“Do not over cater” is the advice of well-known caterer Lynda Drogemoller.
When cooking for special festive meals remember that usually a number of extra dishes are made and with a wider choice people will take a little of each dish to try out. The bigger the selection results in a smaller helpings as people want to taste as much as possible.
Plan your menu well making sure you have a little extra than needed, but don't overdo it. We tend to do a lot of extra dishes for Christmas, as in having two or three different meat dishes, and five salads instead of three, so remember everyone will eat a little less of each so you don't need full portions of each dish for every person at the table. If 10 people are to attend, and you have five vegetables instead of the usual three, make enough for six people of each dish.

If the family are contributing towards the meal, work out exactly how much will be needed and tell them to make their dish enough for six regular helpings, as we tend to dish smaller helpings if there is more variety, and the person asked would automatically make enough of her dish to feed 10 if 10 are to attend.

Make something simple, not expensive, yet different to what the everyday food would be.
For instance a plated starter is special especially for children who would normally not be served one. It can be a simple stuffed egg with nicely placed vegetables, or an avocado mousse, both use cheap ingredients, but look special.

Quick avocado dip

2 avocado

30 ml fresh lime juice

125ml sour cream (a mixture of mayonnaise and yogurt could substitute or cream cheese)

10 ml chopped dhania- coriander leaves

Puree all together in blender or food processor and serve with little toasts made from slices of hot dog rolls

Save electricity when cooking ham • Place ham with required seasoning, (mustard, pepper corns, cloves etc)and enough liquid (beer, ginger beer, water) in pot with a tight fitting lid or cover pot with tinfoil, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes.

• Place thick blanket or sleeping bag big enough to wrap around the pot, on a table, place a thick layer of newspaper on the blanket then put hot pot (with liquid and ham) on this paper and proceed to wrap the pot in the newspaper then the blanket, leave this overnight to cook slowly. test in the morning, it should be beautifully tender. if you have a "hot" or "hay box", this can be used instead of the blanket­.

When cooking for special
festive meals remember that usually a number of extra dishes are made and with a wider choice people will take a little of each dish to try out

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