Let’s be honest — the novelty of staying inside and binge-watching movies and TV shows is wearing a little thin now. While it was great for the first few weeks, there’s only so many episodes of Ru Paul’s Drag Race that we can watch in a row. That’s probably why so many people are now choosing to spend their days cooking up a storm in the kitchen — and there’s no doubt about the fact that banana bread has been the baked good of choice on social media. If you’re sick of banana bread, though, it might be time to make this Nutella loaf cake instead…
For this delicious Nutella loaf cake recipe, you’ll need a few ingredients — but don’t worry, because you probably don’t need to head to the store. The ingredients needed for this recipe are the kind of staple items that you probably already have in your pantry. All you need is:
- Two cups of all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup of sugar
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- One teaspoon of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt, two eggs
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- One cup plain Greek yogurt
- ⅓ cup Nutella
Thankfully, the method couldn’t be any simpler if you tried. Simply coat a loaf tin with vegetable oil and preheat your oven to 175°C (347°F). Then mix the wet ingredients — minus the Nutella — and the dry ingredients together in separate bowls. When you’ve done this, combine both mixtures to create one big batch of batter. Then, separate the mixture once again, this time adding the Nutella to one half of the mixture. When you have done this, scoop both mixtures into the tin to create a marbled effect. Finally, place in the oven for around 45 minutes to an hour.
The end result is not only something that looks good but also something that tastes absolutely divine.
If you’ve ever tried African cuisine before, or have at least researched the topic, you know that most traditional dishes came as a result of several countries trading, colonizing, or simply passing through the continent. Of course, each African country has its unique cuisine and variations of the most popular recipes, but there is one particular dish that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s Namibia’s flavorful Potjiekos.
Namibia: An Unexpected Crossover of Flavors, Spices… & Beer
At the far down section of the southern hemisphere, the beautiful country of Namibia is home to a certain German influence. It finds its expression in virtually all mealtimes in the country – from breakfast and dinner, all the way to craft beer. Yep, you read that right. Namibia follows the German purity Law from 1516 that stipulates beer should only contain wheat, barley, or hops. This takes Namibia’s brewing mastery to a whole new level. In terms of food, a bowl of potjiekos is the perfect way to pamper your taste buds and get an intricate taste of Africa.
- 3 lb lamb stew, cubed
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 lb baby potatoes
- 1 lb small carrots
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 3 cups beef stock
- 1 cup red wine
- ½ cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
How to Make Traditional Namibian Potjiekos
Potjiekos is a one-pot stew that’s typically cooked in a cast iron pot (called potjie) over an open fire. To prepare it, you need to start with the meat.
Place the lamb in a potjie pot filled with hot oil, season with salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat until it starts to brown. Remove the meat from the pot and place the onions in its place. Sauté for about 8 minutes and then return the lamb in the pot.
Add beef stock so it covers the ingredients, and turn the heat low. Let it simmer with the lid on for about an hour.
Then, add the potatoes and carrots and continue simmering for another half hour. Mix the curry powder, turmeric, and sugar with the milk and stir the mixture into the strew. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 30 more minutes. Serve the potjiekos with mieliepap (maize porridge) or rice.