Tomato Chicken Curry (Kari Ayam Tomato)

Tomato Chicken Curry (Kari Ayam Tomato)

Packed with flavour to the brim! This recipe usually uses chicken but can easily be adapted with fish, prawns or lamb. Just vary the cooking times. Measures used: 15ml tablespoon, 5ml teaspoon and 250ml cup measures.Serves: 4-6 (with rice)


600g boneless chicken thighs, diced into pieces

Peanut or sesame oil, if you are not allergic


1 Tbsp tumeric powder

1 Tbsp light soy sauce

1 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp oyster sauce

1 tsp salt

A few shakes of ground white pepper

Chilli Paste

10 dried red chillis, deseeded

10 fresh red chillis, deseeded

6 French shallots, chopped

6 large cloves garlic, chopped

1 lemongrass, white parts only, chopped

1 Tbsp of oil

If you can’t handle too much spice, you might not need all of it. The rest can be stored in a jar in the fridge for your future cooking.


2 onions – one finely diced and the other, halved then cut into 5mm thick slices

4 cloves of garlic, finely diced

1 x 2cm knob of ginger, peeled and minced

125ml (1/2 cup) tomato sauce/ketchup

1 x 140g tin of tomato paste

1/2 Tbsp of sweet soy sauce

2 Tbsp palm sugar or normal sugar

250ml of chicken stock

4 kaffir lime leaves


Combine the chicken with the marinade ingredients, stir and set aside for an hour.

Meanwhile pound the chilli paste ingredients in a mortar pestle or food processor and set aside. This can be made in advance and stored in a glass jar in the fridge. I like to keep a good supply of it in the fridge to be ready every time I cook.

Heat up some peanut oil in a wok or pan over high heat. Brown the marinated chicken in 2 or 3 batches until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.

Add more oil if you need to, then add the finely diced onions, garlic, ginger and about 2 heaped tablespoons of chilli paste (or to taste). Fry until fragrant.

Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, sweet soy sauce, sugar, stock and kaffir lime leaves, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes to develop the flavours.

Add the browned chicken and simmer for a further 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is coated and has absorbed all the flavours. Add more stock or water if the sauce starts to dry out during cooking.

Add the sliced onions and simmer for a few minutes more. Serve with steamed rice.


Candy That Talks To You?

Candy That Talks To You?

Candy That Talks To You?

No, we are not talking about a talking chocolate bar or a futuristic housekeeper by the name of Candy! We are talking about Candy Appliances. A range of Italian designed home appliances that connect with you via Wifi.

We are super excited to announce that Cape Demo will soon stock Candy appliances, starting with their washing machines. Watch this video and we promise you that this washing machine will make you go “I want, I want, I want!”.

Candy Appliances are the first range of domestic appliances that communicate with you, wherever you may be.  

Candy Appliances has told a successful story, right from the very first washing machine up to the connected Wi-Fi appliances in 2018.  

The history

Back in 1945, the Eden Fumagalli Mechanical Workshop in Monza (a city 15 km north-northeast of Milan), manufacturers of precision machine instruments, designed the Model 50, the first all-Italian washing machine, which was launched officially at the Milan Trade Fair in 1946. In that same year, the Candy company was established.

The adventure into household appliances began when Enzo, one of the three Fumagalli brothers, mailed from the United States, where he was a prisoner of war, rough drawings of a washing machine. His brother Niso, who had started the appliance operations with their father Eden, engineered the switch to the development and production of washing machines. Peppino, the younger brother, set up the administrative and management structure of the company.

In 1950, Candy moved into a new factory in Monza and launched the Bi-Matic, the first Italian semi-automatic washing machine. It was a great success, which opened the international markets: Candy was the first Italian appliance company to go abroad.

In the Sixties, the Automatic washing machine was launched: the first fully automatic one, designed and made in Italy. It had dampers, a thermostat, 550 rpm spin speed, and 10 programs.

In 1961, Candy moved to Brugherio, midway between Monza and Milano, where the new HQs (Headquarters) and a large industrial site were completed, including the R&D (Research and Development) labs.

In 1966, Stipomatic was launched: an automatic dishwasher with two compartments; at the same time, the Superautomatic washing machine was launched. In those years, design became a strategic asset in product development: appliances were designed by key names such as Piero Geranzani, Joe Colombo, Marco Zanuso, Mario Bellini, and Giorgetto Giugiaro .

The Genoa University, in 1968, awarded Niso Fumagalli the honoris causa degree in engineering, acknowledging his pivotal innovations in the washing machine and the many patents he held. The year before, Enzo Fumagalli died, yet Candy continued to grow under the guidance of his brothers Peppino and Niso. The latter died in 1990.

Peppino Fumagalli was awarded the Cavaliere del Lavoro (Knight of Labour) honour by the President of the Italian Republic Giovanni Leone in 1973; He was appointed as CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1998. At the end of 2013, the structure of the Group was organised into three Business Sectors: washing appliances, kitchen appliances and small domestic appliances, with full responsibility on relevant product lines. The commercial organization has been split into three geographical areas: Europe, Russia, the rest of the world, with strategic facilities in China and Turkey. With the completion of the acquisition program, the international presence of the Group has been consolidated, while R&D and innovation capabilities are centralized in the Headquarters in Brugherio (MB), Italy.

On March 9, 2015, Peppino Fumagalli died. Now his son Beppe is the CEO of the Company.


Candy is now an international brand and offers a full range of large free standing and built-in appliances incorporating the most advanced technologies. A functional brand designed in Italy whilst incorporating excellent performance.

Over the years, Candy’s mission has not changed, always meeting the needs of consumers with innovative but easy to use and affordable products. The group keeps on improving and transferring technology in easy to use systems, designed to improve the quality of life. The center of innovation, research and development, is in Italy in Brugherio (MB).

Today, in the digital age, Candy opens the door to a new way of living appliances, to interact and communicate in a direct, simple and intuitive way. Group research and development paved the way for Candy’s first full range of appliances connected via Wi-Fi, which can communicate with users remotely, no matter where you are, making their lives easier.

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“Outydse” Rice Pudding

“Outydse” Rice Pudding

This is an old time favourite and the perfect comfort food on a rainy day. This is a stove-top version with just the right amount of sweetness. Only 1/2 cup of sugar is added and most of the sweetness comes from the milk cooking down. It takes a minimum of 50 minutes to get the thickness and texture right. You’ll know it’s done when it’s about the consistency of yogurt. It will thicken up more as it cools, but you stir in a little more milk just before serving to loosen it up some.


  • 6 cups of milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of long grain white rice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon, optional


In a large saucepan, combine 5 1/2 cups milk, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Stir in rice and reduce heat to low. Be sure to adjust the heat so that it is at a gentle simmer.
Stirring occasionally, cook for 50 to 60 minutes. Mixture should thicken up to consistency of yogurt.
Once thickened, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Let cool and then refrigerate. The last 1/2 cup milk is stirred in just before serving. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.