5 Instagram-Worthy Recipes  You Will Instantly Fall in Love With

5 Instagram-Worthy Recipes You Will Instantly Fall in Love With

The Internet (read Instagram) changed the way we experience food. However good you tell us it was, we won’t believe it until we’ve seen it on Instagram, all filtered up, shot from a nice angle, tempting us to try it too. We won’t try your patience with tricky dishes, fancy decorations, or effects you can only get with pro equipment. You can get those Insta likes with a photo you’ve taken with your phone, on your kitchen bench top, with a few props you have at home. So let’s cut to the chase, and get you the list of super-easy Instagram-worthy dishes that taste just as good as they look. 1. Pear Pancakes Ingredients: 1 cup flour, self-raising a few sticks butter 1 cup milk, semi-skimmed or to taste 1 egg 1 pinch of salt 1 pear fat-free yogurt , for serving honey or maple syrup, for serving Method: In a mixing bowl put the milk, flour, salt and egg and whisk until smooth. Grate in the whole pear and stir it in with a spoon. In a large pan on medium heat, put a stick of butter. Once it melts, slowly add the batter to the pan. Cook your pancakes for a few minutes, until golden, and flip over to cook the other side. Once golden and fluffy, serve them warm with a dollop of yogurt topped with some honey (or maple syrup). Tip: Have fun with the recipe by switching up the fruit. Go for apples, blueberries, blackberries, bananas or strawberries. How to make your food look good on Instagram: Serve in a single colour plate. Stack...
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Cauliflower. Sounds uninspiring, but seasoned and roasted this bouquet-like plant tells its own story.  With its brown and caramelized edges, it will introduce you to a whole new buttery taste that will sure have you asking for seconds! Need something quick and tasty? Who cares you can’t cook or just can’t be bothered? This side dish goes well with any meal, and it requires no cooking skills. It’s practically the king of lazy recipes. All you’ll need is a few ingredients you can easily find in a grocery store or at the farmer’s market, a decent knife, an oven, and about half an hour’s time. Here’s how to deliver this tasty cruciferous veggie to your table. Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower, separated into florets (or 5-6 cups) 3-4 cloves garlic, sliced (or 1-2 tablespoons sliced garlic) 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (1/4 cup) 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or about ½ lemon) 2 tablespoons parmesan, grated (1/3 cup) salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, chives, or any other herbs and spices to suit your taste Method: Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a large bowl mix well the cauliflower florets, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Make sure all florets are well coated and seasoned. Place cauliflower florets in a roasting pan and put in the oven. Roasts for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning the florets to make sure they’re cooked evenly. Remove from the oven and top with Parmesan. Garnish with parsley, chives or any other herb to taste, and serve warm. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale radish, etc.) are packed with nutrients....
5 Cooking Techniques Every Home Chef Should Know

5 Cooking Techniques Every Home Chef Should Know

Learning to cook can be quite daunting. As usual, the best way to tackle a new challenge is to split it up in smaller pieces and deal with one at a time. Being in control of your kitchen and diet can be an extremely rewarding experience, so we thought of compiling a short list of cooking techniques to get you started. 1. Roast Roasting works on the same principle as baking, but it refers to meat and vegetables. Usually done in the oven, ingredients are cooked until golden brown and tender. This technique enhances the taste of food so much that everything tastes better if roasted. It’s a process of caramelizing proteins, fats and sugars, and while the water evaporates it transforms food into a satisfying dish with a rich taste. Knowing how to roast meat is a definite wow factor for every home cook. Before roasting, let the meat stand at room temperature for an hour. This will allow it to cook better and get that lovely brown colour sooner. Right before putting your meat in the oven season it. You don’t want to do it too soon because this will prevent the meat from cooking well and could even make its juices come to the surface. Cook on a little less than the desired temperature and start checking on it early. Roasting vegetables is easier, but it equally requires attention. For 1kg of vegetables, use one or two tablespooons olive oil. Season them with salt, pepper, herbs or spices. Tender vegetables need about 15-20 minutes to roast well, but root vegetables which are much denser can take...
Mediterranean Lamb Stew

Mediterranean Lamb Stew

Autumn is well and truly here! Few things are more comforting than coming home and having a warming stew. Ingredients: 650g lamb shoulder 2 tbs olive oil 2 large brown onions 3 cloves of garlic 2 tbs plain flour ¼ bunch rosemary 1 tin of diced tomatoes 1 punnet cherry tomatoes 500ml beef stock 2 zucchinis ½ eggplant ½ bunch basil 100g black olives Method: Toss lamb and flour together until meat is evenly coated. Cook in a large baking dish with oil until meat starts to brown. Remove from dish and then cook onion and garlic for approximately 2 minutes or until onion becomes translucent. Place lamb back into the pot along with diced tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, beef stock, and half the rosemary and basil (remaining herbs are set aside for garnishing). Cover and bake in a moderate oven, for two hours. Add zucchini and eggplant last and adjust seasoning. Serve with remaining rosemary and basil chopped finely and sprinkled over the...
Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

Few things go better with Autumn than hot drinks, like coffee or hot chocolate. Therefore, few things go better with hot drinks than biccies. Which brings us to today’s recipe – almond biscotti. Easy, deliciously crunchy and tasty, it’s the perfect addition to afternoon tea.   Ingredients: 1 cup caster sugar 2 eggs Rind of 1 lemon 2 cups plain flour, sifted ½ tsp baking powder 150g almonds Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs and lemon rind and beat until pale and thick. Fold in flour, baking powder and almonds. Lightly knead dough on a floured bench until smooth. Divide mixture in half and make two long longs on prepared baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes until slightly golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely. Once cool slice the logs on the diagonal about 5mm thick. Lay slices flat on the baking tray and return to a 140 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, turning once to completely dry...
Chilli and Lemongrass Beef with Rice

Chilli and Lemongrass Beef with Rice

Happy Friday! Who’s excited for the weekend? We’re going to be super busy but hey, we love it! This recipe is one of our absolute favorites – as I’ve said previously, Aaron loves these flavor combinations, and it’s a really delicious dish. I encourage you to give it a go!   Ingredients: 2 tbs vegetable oil 300g rump steak, sliced 1 onion, sliced 1 stalk lemongrass 1 red chilli 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp fish sauce 2 tsp soy 1 cucumber ½ bunch Vietnamese mint ½ bunch parella leaf 2 tbs crushed peanuts 3 cups cooked rice 3 iceberg lettuce Method: Heat a wok over medium-high heat until smoking. Add oil and cook off beef, onion, garlic, lemongrass and chilli. Stir continually until beef has cooked through. Add fish and soy sauce and cook for about 30 seconds. Serve on a bed of rice, garnish with shredded lettuce, Vietnamese mint, parella leaf and pour about 2 tablespoons of sauce over the top. Finish with crushed...