“My whole life I have been cooking simple but tasty dishes,” says Marinda Engelbrecht, the star of cooking show Maklik Met Marinda, now out with its fourth season on VIA (DStv 147).

In S4, Marinda makes easy recipes in her own kitchen and, with the help of a special guest, she learns a trick or two in each episode. Prepare to be served as Marinda dishes up everything from delicious caramel trifles, pumpkin puffs and bobotie, to pork stew and green bean salad with nuts. Watch and take notes and soon you’ll have the family flocking to the kitchen in admiration as you conjure up a Marinda meal.

“I always say that when you go out of your way to prepare someone a warm plate of food, you show them how much you love them,” says the chef. That’s the heart of her cooking show: showing love you can taste.

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Fun with friends and guests

In S4, Marinda has a lot of fun with her guests, who she personally invites on the show. “I cook with friends, acquaintances and people I want to meet,” says Marinda with a quirky giggle. “It’s all about having a good time with lots of laughter and making food, of course.”

13 guests will make delicious dishes with Marinda in each of the 13 episodes in S4. And when teased with our questions, Marinda admits to having some favourites – guests she had a ball with in front of the camera.

“TV personality and lady taxi driver Leatitia Solomons (episode 1) inspired me with her tales of how she brightens up the day of the children she drives to school,” says Marinda. “And then I also have to mention the former rugby player Corné Krige (episode 10) and cabaret singer Niël Rademan (episode 13) who will join me towards the end of the series – both of them have me in stitches, and with Niël we even get dressed up in formal wear for the cooking experience.” Keeping it classical in the kitchen, eh?


Lockdown treats

Marinda loves to share her recipes with the public because she wants you to also indulge in the dishes she makes. Here is the menu and recipe collection from episode 11, in which she and Corné cook up a storm. Add ingredients for lamb curry, coriander cauliflower rice and apple pie with sauce to your shopping list. These hearty dishes are perfect to try out while the COVID-19 lockdown period is still in effect and winter is showing its teeth.

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Lamb Curry

Ingredients

  • 1.5kg of lamb (neck and shank)
  • 2 onions cut into rings
  • 30ml oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ginger, thumb size, grated
  • 10ml coriander
  • 10ml cumin
  • 10ml chili flakes
  • 15ml of vinegar
  • 15ml sugar
  • 15ml apricot jam
  • 15ml turmeric
  • 30ml strong curry
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 can of tomato puree
  • 250ml stock (1 block dissolved in 250ml boiling water)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 potatoes, cubed

Method

Fry the onion lightly in oil. 
Fry the garlic and ginger with the onions. 
Fry the curry, turmeric cumin, coriander with the onion. 
Add the meat and fry quickly through spices. 
Mix the rest of the ingredients and add to the meat mixture. 
Put the lid on and simmer for 45 minutes.  
Add peppers, sugar and vinegar.  
Add the potatoes, and cook until the meat and potatoes are tender.


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Coriander cauliflower rice

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 60ml butter
  • 125ml shredded almonds
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 125ml fresh coriander, finely chopped

Method

Chop the raw cauliflower finely in a food processor. 
Melt the butter and lightly fry the cauliflower in it. 
Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. 
Add the almonds and stir-fry for 1 minute. 
Stir through the finely chopped coriander, and serve.


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Apple pie

Ingredients

  • 411g (1 tin) of apple slices – drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 190ml castor sugar
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • 85ml milk
  • 60ml butter, melted
  • 250ml cake flour
  • 5ml baking powder
  • 2ml salt

Method

Beat together the eggs, castor sugar and vanilla. 
Beat in the milk and then the melted butter. 
Sift together the dry ingredients and whisk them all into the egg mixture. 
Pour the batter into a greased pie dish and press the apples down into the batter. 
Bake at 180C for 30-40 minutes.

Sauce

Ingredients

  • 125ml sugar
  • 1 can of Ideal Milk

Method

Cook together until the sugar has dissolved. 
Carefully pour over the pie as it comes out of the oven hot. 
Eat it with cream or custard


Watch Maklik Met Marinda, Wednesdays on VIA (DStv 147) at 17:30, and stream the latest episodes with DStv Now and Catch Up.

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