As the executive chef at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town, Tamsyn Wells is well acquainted with preparing complicated meals in multiple courses for large amounts of people. And that’s why she is the perfect person to give you some handy advice to make your festive cooking journey a little less tiresome this year.
Gaining confidence in the kitchen can be quite a tricky business. It may be your kitchen, but who’s to say you’re using it to your full potential? Not everyone likes to cook, it can be stressful and things can get messy quickly. However, if you’re comfortable with your recipes and get to know your own cooking style, things may turn around for you. Here are 3 easy ways to become the master of your kitchen.
It may look like a simple dish, and it will only take you 20 minutes to whip together, but the flavour combinations of this recipe are not only perfectly balanced, but complex as well. With an allium flavour from the onion and garlic, the tang of the tomatoes and capers, not to mention a bit of bite from the chilli, our spicy calamari pasta is one dish you’ll go back to over and over.
That satisfying pop when you bite into an ice-cold grape or that gentle sip of red you take after a long working week, there’s something pretty special about these little round fruit that beautifully dots our country’s vineyards. But besides it’s aesthetics and ability to be turned into a beloved alcoholic beverage, we want to explore the wonderful ways in which we can cook with it. So, get your grapes and we’ll meet in the kitchen!
We put a great spin on both the humble potato bake and the chicken dinner by combining the two, as well as adding healthier ingredients and Asian flavours. This sweet potato bake is a perfect mid-week one-pan family meal with hardly any hands-on time and a great way to include protein, carbs and nutrients, making for a balanced plate.
If you are as obsessed with pesto as we are (because who isn’t, right?), then you will be as delighted as we were to find out that foodie royale, Pesto Princess has released a downloadable recipe eBook that can be conveniently stored on your computer, tablet or phone for on the go meal inspiration.
It’s a comfort food mashup! We love pizza (obviously) and we can also make frittata, without encouragement, out of anything we can get our hands on. So here is it, the pizza frittata. And, as a bonus, it’s low-carb and we added red wine.
Being a WWF-SASSI ambassador and forager, I love the ocean and cooking with the fresh ingredients found on my doorstep in Grotto Bay. This is one of the signature dishes that started my career with the Ultimate Braai Master back in 2014. I have a few mussel recipes, but nothing beats this or tastes as true to the ocean as this one. It’s the greatest WWF-SASSI recipe ever!
Smile! Because we’ve got halloumi kebabs on the menu today! This is one cheese that always goes down well when you have a crowd over, and when it is served on a stick surrounded by bright and sweet peppers, what more could you want? Even better, pop them on the braai for a bit of extra char before serving.
Have you ever tried monkfish before? It has a mild, sweet flavour, similar to lobster, making it a perfect companion to salty bacon. Serve it up as a wholesome mid-week meal with plenty of fresh veggies. We went with sweet potato and green beans.