Thursday, 8 December 2016

Tomato and basil tart


This one has a firm place in our recipe books. It's great for brunch or as a coffee table snack when you have people visiting. And really, it couldn't be simpler to make.

Ingredients:
Roll of puff pastry
About 6 tbsp basil pesto
6 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
2. Place the rectangle of puff pastry on a non-stick baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork, leaving a border around the edge.
3. Spread the pesto over the pastry base, being careful not to cover the border. Then lay the tomatoes on top of the pesto, overlapping slightly. Season generously with salt and black pepper.
4. Brush the boarder of the pastry with egg.
5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry border is crisp and golden and the tomatoes are soft.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Summer issue 2016


The heat is on and our Summer 2016 issue of Club is jam-packed with great articles to read, delicious recipes to try out in the kitchen and as always, some great product available at your local Lewis, Best Home and Electric and Beares stores.

Check out our latest winners and if you're not a Family Club member then you're missing out on some great benefits! Join today at your local store.

Superdraw winners
Benefit winners
Competition winners

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Classic spaghetti bolognaise


A family favourite!

Ingredients:

2 medium onions
2 cloves of garlic
2 carrots
2 sticks of celery
Splash of olive oil
2 heaped teaspoons dried oregano
500g good-quality minced beef, pork, or even better, a mixture of the two
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A small bunch of fresh basil
100g cheese
500g spaghetti

Method:
To make your sauce:
1. Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic, carrots and celery
2. Place a large pan on a medium to high heat and add a splash of olive oil.
3. Add the vegetables to the pan and stir every 30 seconds for about seven minutes or until softened and lightly coloured.
4. Stir in the minced meat breaking it up with your spoon and brown.
5. Add the tinned tomatoes and fill one of the empty tins with water and add to the pan.
6. Stir in a good pinch of salt and pepper and bring mixture to the boil.
7. Turn the heat down and simmer with a lid on and slightly askew for one hour, stirring every now and again. Take the lid off and cook for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on the sauce as it cooks, and if you think it’s starting to dry out, add a splash of water.
8. Remove the sauce from the heat.
9. Grate some cheese and stir half into the sauce. Tear and stir in any larger basil leaves, keeping the smaller ones for sprinkling over before serving
10. Mix up, have a taste, and season with a little more salt and pepper if needed.

To cook your pasta and serve:
11. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.
12. Add your pasta and stir, following the packet cooking times – don’t let it cook any longer or it will become too soft.
13. Saving a little of the cooking water, drain the pasta in a colander. Put the drained pasta back into the pan.
14. Add half the sauce to the cooked pasta and mix well, adding a little of the reserved cooking water as well.
15. Divide between your plates and spoon the remaining sauce over the top
16. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle over the rest of the cheese and scatter with the small basil leaves – bellissima!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Communicate with your child


One of the most difficult things to achieve as a parent is good communication with your child, especially if they're teenagers. Most people don't like to talk about their feelings and what's bothering them, but sometimes it's the only way to fix a problem. If a child doesn't feel comfortable talking to their parents then they may find other ways of dealing with an issue or expressing themselves, and it's often not in a good way! Here are a few tips to help you develop good communication with your child.

Start talking first
• Do you know what music your child likes, what their favourite subject is, what they like to do for fun? If not, show an interest in them and ask.
• Initiate conversations by telling them what you've been thinking about that week rather than bombarding them with questions. If they hear you sharing, they might open up more easily.
• Don't make every conversation about something serious. Talk and laugh about movies or music, the same way you would with a friend.

Listen properly
• When your child is sharing something with you stop whatever you're doing and listen. If they don't feel like they have your attention, they might not bother sharing in the future.
• Listen to their point of view, even if it's difficult to hear.
• Show an interest in what they're saying without prying too much. They'll share what they're comfortable sharing.

Respond calmly
• Stay calm, keep casual and respond gently. Your kids will put their guard up immediately if you react defensively or with anger.
• Don't discard or put down their view of something even if you disagree. But always explain to them how you feel about it too.
• Talk instead of lecturing or threatening punishment. Your child won't want to come to you with a problem if they know you'll overreact and freak out.
• Children learn from their mistakes, so as long as they are not in danger, give them a chance to find things out for themselves, no matter how difficult it may be to stand back and watch.

You are still the parent and children need that role filled to make sure they're safe and are taught right from wrong. But when it comes to talking to your child, staying relaxed and friend-like will make them feel comfortable and help you to develop a valuable relationship. 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Kid-friendly stir-fry



This is a must-have for your recipe book!

Ingredients:

1 packet stir-fry vegetables
1 cup stir-fry/wok sauce
2 tsp cornstarch
500g of beef strips, cooked
6 large potatoes

Method:
1. Heat olive oil in heavy skillet. Add vegetables and one tablespoon of water. Stir, cover, and cook over medium heat for three minutes.
2. Mix in a cup of your favourite stir-fry sauce and the cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to skillet and stir to combine. Add cooked beef and stir again. Cover and cook over low heat for five to eight minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender and beef is hot.
3. Serve with a baked potato.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

6 ways to boost your child's self-esteem


We all want our children to be confident – here's a quick list of ways to make your children feel like they can conquer anything!

1. Unconditional love. Make sure your child knows and feels that you love them no matter who they are or what they do.
2. Encourage new experiences.
Encourage your child to explore – trying a new food, making a new friend. But resist the urge to step in at the slightest struggle, give them the chance to figure it out on their own first.
3. Praise their achievements.
 Everyone loves to be praised for something they did well, so make an effort to acknowledge the good things your child does. It's especially nice if they overhear you telling someone else!
4. Listen well.
 If your child needs to talk, stop and listen. They need to know that their feelings and opinions matter.
5. Respect their choices. If they want to wear a luminous pink T-shirt with purple polka dot leggings then let them, even if you don't really like it. Correcting every single thing they choose to do will only make them feel bad.
6. Resist comparisons. They're the worst thing for self-confidence and useless because everyone of us is different.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Surf and turf kebabs


Don't these put you in the mood for a summer braai with friends?

Ingredients:
600g steak (we used fillet)
20 peeled and de-veined prawns (4 per person)
4 tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic
3 tbsp parsley
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper

Method:
1. Cut the steak into cubes. Thread an equal amount of the steak cubes and prawns onto kebab sticks. Season with salt and pepper.
2. In a saucepan melt the butter and add garlic, remove from heat and add the parsley and lime juice.
3. Brush the kebabs generously with melted butter mixture and cook over hot coals for six to eight minutes until the steak is cooked according to your taste and the prawns have turned pink. You will need to turn the kebabs frequently while cooking.
4. Serve hot with remaining butter melted butter spooned over.
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