Cape Malay Sambal

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Many South African recipes are spiced up by sambals such as these that the Malayan immigrants brought to the country.  Add it to grilled meats, soups and stews, seafood dishes and even over rice.


  • 1 1/2 cups vegtable oil
  • 4 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons finely grated root ginger
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 6 ounces peeled dried prawns (or shrimp)
  • 3 ounces tiny dried prawns (or shrimp), ground to a powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot red chile


Heat the oil in a sauce pan and fry the onions and ginger for 10 to 15 minutes until the onions are goldern.  Stir in the tomato paste and mix throughly.  Crush the chicken stock cubes and add them to the pan, without water.  Stir to mix.  Simmer, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes.  Add both lots of prawns (shrimp) and stir for 1 minute.  Add the chile powder and throughly blend in.  Cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.  Take care not to burn the mixture at this stage.  Remove from the heat and let stand for about 1 hour or until the sambal has cooled down.  Transfer to a storage jar and keep in a cool place until required.

Chile and Dried Cherry Chocolate Dessert

Chile and Dried Cherry Chocolate Dessert

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Since preparing a Thanksgiving feast on a barbecue isn’t traditional, why finish it up with the usual pumpkin pie? This layered dessert from Nancy Gerlach is unique in that it can be cooked on the grill like the rest of the meal. The finished dessert has a cake-like topping and a chocolate syrup which can be served with whip cream on top. Place it on the grill while you are indulging with your turkey, and it will be ready to serve at the end of the meal.

Marinade Is No Cure for Dry Steak

Jackson Ortega-Scheiner Equipment and Gadgets Leave a Comment

Q:  Dear Dr. BBQ,   What is the best marinade for steak, something that helps to keep it from getting dry and tough?   –Tasharra   A:  Hi Tasharra,   I’m not sure what cut of steak you’re cooking but if it’s getting dry and tough you are probably just overcooking it. No marinade can help that. Try buying a …

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The Joys of Cooking in a Crisis

Dave DeWitt Chiles and Health Leave a Comment

Story by Sharon Hudgins A century from now when historians look back at how we coped with the 2020 pandemic, two things will stand out: toilet paper and home cooking. During the past three months, many of us have “sheltered in place” at home, willingly or not. Early into the lockdown, bloggers began posting stories about how they planned to …

Pepperhead Paradise in Pennsylvania

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By Sara HodonPhotos by Chris Markey When most fiery food and pepper aficionados think of the hottest places to find habaneros, jalapeños, and other spicy favorites, any number of cities in the American Southwest might come to mind. Chances are the small Pennsylvania Dutch borough of Kutztown, PA wouldn’t even make the Top 100. Possibly not even the Top 500. …