Chef Megan

Winter recipe favorites

The best recipes to get you through winter!

I have put together my absolute favorite recipes for a cold lazy winters day.

We’re all anxious , not knowing what we will be experiencing this winter. Be prepared to stay home in comfort and style. Ive included a killer “flu shot” recipe, you have to try!

As well as the most epic pumpkin fritter recipe you’ll ever taste. They are absolutely delicious and with a thick caramel fudge sauce you cant go wrong!

 

Recipe PDF June

 

Covid-19 in the workplace

   How do I get my kitchen Covid-19 ready?

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have to make sure our workplace is 100% sanitized.

To accomplish this we need to adhere to strict government regulations regarding safety and hygiene in the workplace. Hygiene should always be top priority in the kitchen and this time the spotlight is on the industry to see how we handle high risk situations.

The worst nightmare for any restaurant or factory owner is having a break out of Covid-19 that could have been avoided.

What measures should I have in place to prevent an outbreak?

Here is a Summary of government recommendations to implement proper control measures. These were updated at the end of march and might be slightly out of date, but still relevant!

  1. Installing high-efficiency air filters.
  2.  Increasing ventilation rates in the work environment.
  3.  Installing physical barriers such as face shields.
  4. Encouraging sick workers to stay at home.
  5. Minimizing contact among workers, clients, and customers by replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual communications e.g. conference calls, Skype, etc.
  6. Minimizing the number of workers on site at any given time e.g. rotation or shift work.
  7. Discontinuing nonessential local and international travel. Regularly check travel advice from the Department of Health at: www.health.gov.za
  8. Developing emergency communications plans, including a task team for answering workers’ concerns and internet-based communications, if feasible.
  9. Providing workers with up-to-date education and training on COVID-19 risk factors and protective behaviors (e.g. cough etiquette and care of PPE).
  10. Training workers who need to use protective clothing and equipment on how to put it on, use/wear it and take it off

 

Up to date information from around the world.

Click here for latest stats.

 

 

Tip for washing your hands:

Hum a song in your head that’s at least 20seconds long.

 

 

What equipment is essential for running my business during lock down level 4?

  • Hand sanitizer Or a 5l Sani Kleen hand sanitizer at least 70% alcohol content needs to be readily available at every entrance. We also have Chlorex scrup 500ml   
  • Disinfectant 750ml dilution should last a week  for sanitizing work surfaces
  • Only paper towel may be used to dry your hands on after washing them – strictly no fabric towels.
  • Face masks a day Or visors if you can’t maintain a distance of at least 1.5m. In some instances it will be necessary to up a physical barrier. Everyone on the premises – including suppliers – must wear masks at all times. A minimum of two cloth masks must be provided to each employee, free of charge. One can be used on the commute to and from work, the other while at the workplace. An employer must ensure that these masks are washed.

While unsure about the upkeep of fabric masks in the kitchen we recommend using disposable masks that can be recycled once thrown away. Workers must be educated about using a face mask correctly.

The employer is responsible for the PPE equipment that staff are using.

All safety equipment should be discarded in an appropriate manner.

What can be recycled should be recycled.

 

What about all the plastic waste?

Plastic waste can be ecobricked and when the eco brick is complete it can be dropped off at any of these locations on waste.eds site! https://waste-ed.co.za/the-ecobrick/

Eco bricks are a great way of ridding extra plastic you don’t want to end up in landfills or rubbish bins. This can be a time consuming effort but the environmental impact is worth the end result!

FREE for your business

Check out these awesome posters, FREE to print out and put up in your work place for your staff to become more aware of covid-19

https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/free-printable-posters-covid-19/

💜 

Source:

Business insider https://www.businessinsider.co.za/covid19-coronavirus-rules-business-companies-workplace-regulations-masks-2020-5 

Government department of labour

http://www.labour.gov.za/department-of-employment-and-labour-unveil-guidelines-to-deal-with-covid-19-at-workplaces

Egg replacing tips

I have a few of my own quick tips to help you understand vegan baking a little bit more!

Here are My top tips to egg replacement baking success:

 

There are so many egg re-placers to consider when creating a dish or replacing an egg in a recipe.

The experience can be overwhelming and for that I have put together A few of my favorite go to conversions for specific tasks.

 

Replacements:

  1. Flax seed powder is great in cookies when replacing eggs, Use 1 tablespoon flax seed powder with 45ml water for the equivalent of  1 egg.
  2. Cooked chickpea flour custard, flavored and seasoned with various spices such as garlic, onion, nutritional yeast, nutmeg, salt and pepper can result in a delicious quiche filling base. My Favorite Filling is a spicy roasted madras with whatever veggies are around. Tofu is also great to experiment with for the perfect quiche like filling.
  3. Apple cider vinegar and soy milk curdle Or egg free mayo make the best liquid and egg Replacement in cakes,scones & Breads.
  4. To crumb coat Pieces of veggies like cauliflower or mushrooms, use chickpea flour.  Cut your veggie in bite sized pieces place some flour in one bowl. In another bowl place 1/4 cup chickpea flour with 3/4 cup water, whisk together and In the third bowl add your crumb mix. Season everything as you like dip your veggie in your flour THEN in your egg-y mixture and THEN in your crumbs, double coat if you’d like. Deep fry or bake as you please!
  5.  Make vegan royal icing by replacing the egg whites with equal parts chickpea Brine and add some glucose for extra shine. Tightly seal and keep in the fridge or freezer until ready to use. Royal icing is great for small cake details, flooding cookies or making sprinkles. A more in detailed blog coming soon!
  6. When Brushing pastry to be baked in the oven, Puff pastry Or Phyllo pastry, mix a teaspoon of B-well Mayo with a few drops of soy milk. This will result in a dark golden crispy crust on your pastry.

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 Bonus chef tip:

Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar React similarly to eggs in aerated bakes such as cakes, muffins and  scones. Simply add a 1/4 tsp of bicarb per cup of flour with the dry ingredients and add about 2 Tablespoons vinegar to your wet ingredients. I use white vinegar or Apple cider Vinegar.

Try It and let us know your experience!

Just for fun!

If you’re craving a scrambled egg like Meal Tofu is your best replacement at the moment.

There are many ways of preparing it and many things you can add to it… Just like “regular” scrambled eggs!

If you don’t like soy , alternatives can be steamed & Grated Cauliflower, Chickpeas Flour, moong beans Or Organ Scrambled egg alternative.

Here’s a quick recipe For scrambled Tofu On sourdough: https://wakeandbake.co.za/recipes/scrambled-tofu-on-sourdough/

Ready in 5min

Serves 2 Portions , and can be doubled as needed.                                                  

This is a versatile recipe and can be adjusted to suit your taste.

  • Add mixed peppers with the onion for a colourful look and crunchy texture
  • ½ tsp curry paste for a spicy finish
  • some nutritional yeast for a cheezie finish

 

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this recipe.

Would love your feedback!

 

Here are two blogs I found that go into some epic detail check them out!

vegan baking success

https://www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/blog/all-you-need-know-about-successful-vegan-baking

Great tips to airy egg-less cakes

https://ganachepatisserie.com.au/how-to-make-the-most-airy-eggless-cakes/

Pre-order & Bake Sale FAQ’s

 

 Bake Sale

Our pre-orders have been specially put together for your convenience.We heard your calls and added 2 GF box options that will also be available on the day(while stocks last). 

Your pre-oder will be Readily available so you don’t have to stand in line or risk the disappointment of a sold out table, This is the reason we introduced a preorder system, so no one has a reason to be disappointed. 

If you opt not to get a preorder make sure you rock up early to see our amazing selection!

 we’ll be ready from 9am. 

 All our items except the doughnuts & Tarts have a shelf life of 5 days+ anything without a butter cream can be frozen for up to 3 months.

 All our products are prepared fresh so preorders will be closed by 3 October at 11am.

Items will be ready for collection in centre point mall, milnerton at my starting point inside ignite fitness gym. 

Pre order Q&A

 Pre-orders

How do i order?

Go to our Bake-sale  pre-orders page located in the top navigation bar, or click HERE

Add your selected pre-order packs to the cart.

Move to checkout and fill in details.

Click on Payfast link and proceed to payment.

Please retain proof of payment collection.

 

How do I pay?

We offer a safe and secure payment gateway through

Payfast. U can pay by Credit or Cheque card or instant EFT.

 

What to do after you place your order?

After you place your order you will receive a reference nr please keep ref nr in a safe place and bring it when you collect your order.

When Do I collect?

Collection can only take place on Saterday the 5th of Oktober 2019

 

How do I collect?

Collection can be made on the day of the bake-sale at My Starting Point Health Bar Ignite fitness Gym Center point mall Milnerton.

 

What time can I collect?

You can collect any time from 10am- 2:30pm when starting point closes. Please note starting point is closed on Sundays.

 

Link to Collection Point.

Click HERE for map to collection point.

 

What happens if I don’t collect?

Your order will be kept by starting point up until Monday, there after we can not take responsibility for the freshness and your order will be disposed of. No refund is offered.

 

 Items of the day

 

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Personal_cake coffee
Personal_chocolate 
Cookies and Cream cupcakes
GF Carrot cake cupcakes
Filled cupcakes_lemon curd& Raspberry cupcakes
Light Blue/pineapple/Terquize decorated chocolate buttercream
Biscotti
Pecan shortbread
Scones
Croissants
Milktarts 10cm
Chocolate Tarts 10cm
Banoffee Tarts 10cm
Apple crumble tarts 10cm
Gold Bars
Doughnuts mini
rosemary seasalt breads
GF Chocolate Brownies
Lamingtons chocolate
lamingtons strawberry
lamingtons caramel

 

 

 

Our range of decadent Vegan Cakes.

No eggs , no dairy, Just pure decadent deliciousness .


  • with Truffles

    Chocolate Mouse

    Rich chocolate mousse cake like you have never tasted before. Rich, decadent and free from diary and eggs, makes this the perfect dessert.

    Click here to order
    Chocolate Mouse
  • Vanilla Caramel

    Vanilla, a canvas for delight. Topped with caramel popcorn for some added sweetness.

    Order here
    Vanilla Caramel

Bake Sale News

Welcome to our bake sale Blog

 

Saturday the 10th of August we had our 2nd Vegan bake sale, It was no doubt a huge success!

We didn’t sell out as we did the first time but we did meet a lot of interesting people and made great connections , and for the first time in a long time our planning and preparation was On point! Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and picked up all your yummy treats for the long weekend and Eid celebrations!

We have decided along with my starting point that we will be having a bake sale every Month from here on out, Our dates for the next 2 months will be released very soon!

 So now you have the opportunity to pick up single servings of  all your favorite baked goods and pastries, we can not contain our excitement, we love having our creations in the hands of the people who matter the most!

 

We would Like you to tell us what you’d like to see on the table!

Let us know what traditional or nontraditional Sweet treats you’d like to see veganized!

I am eager to get started , Bring on the challenge!!

 If your Idea is chosen we will be notifying you to come pick up a taster and give it a review! 

Remember the sky is only the beginning … not the limit! 

 

Visit our product page to check out what we have going on!

We are constantly changing, adding and improving our site.  All feedback is truly welcomed!

 

Now start getting creative we are waiting for epic suggestions! 

 

Stay tuned dates will be released  real soon!

 

 

 

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History of the cookie

Welcome to the history of the cookie.

 

I am determeind to make the worlds best cookie, for this one must look at the history of the cookie.

We will look at the following.

  1. where does the name come from?
  2. who made the first cookie?
  3. when was th first cookie made?
  4. Where was the first cookie made
  5. What ingredienrs was used in the first cookie?

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