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Chicken-Cheesecake and a tribute to unsung foodie heroes!

Posted on November 11, 2012 by in Chicken

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Easy chicken - cheesecake

Chicken and cheesecake, not exactly two words you would use in one concept. My husband says Chicken – Cheesecake just does not sound right!My old way of thinking was that you would have chicken for a main course and cheesecake for dessert. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think of a chicken-cheesecake! After one bite, of course I changed my mind, it is truly delicious and such a clever idea and I tasted it for the first time at Koekela Cafe in the wonderful Bloemfontein, which I have visited twice this year!
Bloemfontein, according to the foodies down there, is like the last outpost. Not much happening in the restaurant scene, markets are nothing compared to what “you have down there” ( and then they refer to the Neighborhood Market at the Old Biscuit Mill and Slowfood Market) and there are no foodie heroes or celebrities down there!  I have not stayed in Bloemfontein long enough to find all this out for myself. I simply go on what I hear when I’m there, yet I lost my heart completely and utterly to the people in this beautiful city called, the City of Roses! These warm, kind and amazing people made me realize just how many unsung foodie heroes there are in this world, or let me bring it closer…in my life!

Easy Chicken - cheesecake

Unsung foodie heroes…who are they? My first thought goes to the mothers who day after day, meal after meal prepare food for their families. Sometimes they have enough money for 20 meals left till pay-day, yet they still have 60 meals  left till payday…..and you know what, they manage! I get numerous emails and phone calls from desperate mothers asking me, how to make those 60 meals happen. What to do with 1 tin of fish or how can I make mealie meal different for my family? I salute each and every one of you! You truly are unsung foodie heroes!

Which brings me to chefs who work in hospitals, hostels, schools and old age homes. I think every one of them started off their careers with aspirations to be the next big celebrity chef and then life just had other plans for them. Yet, they cook 3 meals a day and deal with limited budgets, cut budgets, picky eaters and a very ungrateful society and system. I stayed in a school hostel in Knysna and our house mother/chef, bless her soul, had a talent to make the leftovers taste better than the original recipe. In my mind there is no doubt that it was the ladles upon ladles of love that she worked into those pots.. I salute you Tannie Rina and all the other above mentioned chefs……you are truly unsung foodie heroes!Easy Chicken - Cheesecake

This year alone, I met so many wonderful people, foodies who touched my heart in such profound ways, people who sent me special ingredients to try , letters, text messages and left such inspirational comments on  my site. In Bloemfontein I had the honor of cooking for the Fynproewersgulde, wow, what an amazing group of people. In the chair lady seat for the last couple of years, is a lady who in my opinion is such a hero. Year after year they re-elect her, because she is such a fine organizer and positive spirit in the community. Retha Cronje, you introduced me to an amazing group of people called the Fynproewers, allowed me to taste Meraai Se Paai for the first time and opened your heart and your home to me and yet, because of your humility, you prefer to be one of the unsung foodie heroes. Thank you, I strive to be like you!

Another group of fab ladies that inspired me this year, is our ChicksThatChow group!Some of them most definitely not unsung heroes, but I include them here because they fill my heart with much joy! Founder, leading lady and fellow RSG presenter Errieda du Toit brings us chicks together from time to time. Good food, foodie talks, recipe books, love and laughter and amazing products always the center of the attraction! We inspire each other to Tweet and eat, cook and chow and just be creative in our kitchens. More about the other members in this group at a later stage…. keeping it under the lid for now!

Chicks That Chow

My idea was not to leave anybody out of this post, but rather to make my circle of unsung foodie heroes bigger, so last but not least, I leave a space for YOU who are reading this.  I have great appreciation for you my readers. Those of you who visit My Easy Cooking,  spend the time, money and effort to  read, buy, cook and bake my recipes.  I am forever grateful. You inspire me to go on, try again and  find inspiration even when I am running lean. If  I can help or inspire you to make that extra effort with every meal, I have succeeded. Thank you, you are amongst my unsung foodie heroes!

Who are your foodie heroes? Leave a comment and let us know!

After all that, let’s get back to the Chicken – cheesecake recipe for today! I think this cheesecake could be changed in whatever you want it to be. The basic cheesecake mixture is, as with a sweet cheesecake 2 x 250 gr cream cheese and instead of cream, we used just sour cream. The flavor you add can be onion, spinach, chicken, fish, leeks, mushrooms, whatever you can imagine! I share the recipe as I received it Chicken – Cheesecake from Carol-ann, owner of Koekela Cafe, Bloemfontein!

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Koekela Savoury Chicken – Cheesecake

Makes one 24 cm cheesecake – about 12 slices

For the Crust:

125 g soft butter

125 g flour

200 g grated cheddar

150 g Cream Cheese and Chives Chips – I used LAYS


Mix all together and press into a lined springformpan

For the Filling:

2 x 250 g creamed smooth cottage cheese

1 x 250 ml sour cream

5ml salt

2.5ml Ina Paarman green onion

2.5ml Ina Paarman Garlic and herb spice

A  few drops of Tabasco/peri-peri sauce

45ml chopped peppadew

Spinach blanched – I replaced the spinach with 250 g mushrooms that I sauteed in olive oil

400gr cooked shredded chicken

8 Large eggs


Combine cream cheese, sour cream in mixing bowl and add salt. Beat the eggs lightly and stir into cheese mixture. Add chicken, peppadew, spinach and herbs/spices.

Bake @ 180C for 30min.Lower the oven temp to 160C and bake for 20min. Turn the cake around in the oven and bake for a further 20min.

Serve with a dollop of mushroom sauce and fresh salad.

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10 Responses to “Chicken-Cheesecake and a tribute to unsung foodie heroes!”

  1. the Husband 12 November 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Johanna Hendrika Timm,Wilana vd. Merwe, Tina Brandt,Beryl Timm.Zanyiwe Sikwepu, “Charlie” Jaantjies, Binky and Edna Timm and the holiday morning Skottels and fresh fish, and the greatest meal ever-bully beef stew on an open boat,Sunday’s River at 530 in the morning…….you made me who I am today-overweight by about 10kg’s but I wouldn’t change a thing…love you madly.

  2. tami 12 November 2012 at 9:08 am #

    You are my foodie hero Nina. It was such an honour to meet and mingle with you as part of Dinner Divas. I really respect your commitment to your faith and letting nothing get in the way of your fellowship at church. Another great recipe for me to add to my to do list. Thank you for sharing xx

  3. Zirkie 15 November 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Jy natuurlik, Nins!!

  4. Marie Crous 22 November 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Daardie Koekela Savoury Quiche van jou is ‘n wenner. Heerlik

  5. elmarie 22 November 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Ek wil net navraag doen oor hoe om n resep te print? Is dit moontlik? Die Chicken Cheescake? Baie Dankie

    • nerinatimm 22 November 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Elmarie, ons werk aan die klein probleempie, byt vas!!

  6. Denise Nel 29 November 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Hello Nina I have printed your Cornish Pie
    recipe, which I am going to try,but I would appreciate the pastry recipe.
    Your photography of your recipes are awesome. You have a wonderful gift.

  7. Nic 30 November 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Hello – I really want to make these as mini cheesecakes. Can I use the same quantities and bake for 25minutes? Help!


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