My niece is staying over with me and I’m now staying at my parents’ place and they’re away at the moment.The point of this introduction is that my mom usually cooks and while she’s away, it’s up to me.
I really wanted to cook a meal that was veggie rich and so I scoured my low-carb books and found the bobotie recipe. Bobotie is a traditional South African dish usually made with apricot jam and chutney, so not exactly banting. The recipe in the Real Meal Revolution – Raising Superheroes was loaded with veggies and LCHF friendly.
I cooked it and prayed that the girls would like it. Baby Girl was the first to be offered some and she promptly refused any without even tasting it. My heart sank. So I started eating hers and she came over to look into the bowl. After letting her taste a little, there was no stopping her. She then had another bowl while sitting at her table with her cousin. She asked for more after that. I took her bowl and that’s when she noticed some bobotie she’d messed on the table. Baby Girl then picked it off the table, ate it and proceeded to lick the table. A sure sign of success!
Here’s the RMR – Raising Superheroes bobotie recipe:
Prep time: 20 mins – Cooking time: 45 mins – Difficulty: Easy
5 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup grated courgette
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon mild curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
3 whole cloves
5 whole allspice
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 x 400g tin whole peeled tomatoes, blended
800g beef mince
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
salt and pepper
For the custard:
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
8 bay leaves
Melt the butter in a wide-based pot and gently fry the onion, carrots, red pepper and courgette until soft. Stir in the ginger and the garlic and fry for minute or so. Add the spices and fry for another minute to release their flavour.
Pour in the honey, vinegar and tomato, and bring to the boil.
Mix in the remaining ingredients, ensuring that everything is combined well; you don’t want meatballs in your mince.
Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring all the time. When it’s done, season well with salt and pepper.
Spread the mixture in a greased ovenproof dish.
To make the custard, lightly beat together the milk and the eggs.
Press the bay leaves into the bobotie mixture and carefully pour over the custard.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until the egg topping has set.
Thanks for reading x