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.
Not everyone considers themselves to be the Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson of their kitchen. In fact, some people even wish to avoid the kitchen completely if they can! But despite the opposition, there are times when cooking is inevitable, and there are a few tricks to ease the mind and effort it takes to have dinner ready by hungry o’clock.
Take a quick search of hygge on the internet and you’ll find thousands of images of cosy fires, cups of hot chocolate and fluffy blankets. This Danish word (pronounced ‘hoo-guh’) takes centre-stage as a way of life when it comes to mindful living. But as 2017 is still trying to grasp this foreign word, there is already a new kid on the block: the Swedish lagom, where life is all about finding the perfect balance. So, from the comfort of hygge to the balance of lagom, let’s see what the Scandinavians are trying to tell us about living a healthy, fulfilling life.
By now we know the basics of a healthy lifestyle. Stay active, eat fruit and veg and avoid going too heavy on the processed, sugar-filled treats. What we don’t always realise, is just how many food items have sugar hidden in their ingredients, and what the best ways are to minimise sugar consumption without compromising on flavour.
I have always loved to bake and have long been renowned for my sugary prowess in the kitchen. I am that faithful friend who will arduously craft you a birthday cake – or a cheesecake with macadamia-nut brittle and salted caramel sauce – but only if I really, really like you. Baking, like most of life’s worthy endeavours, is perfected over time. Things slowly become easier, simpler and more beautiful after sometimes-spectacular series of trial and error. It’s the holiday season, and I am feeling particularly generous, so, here are a few tricks and tips I have learned from my time at the oven.
You’re tired after a long day at work, the kids are moaning from the backseat and you can already envision the line of pre-dinner shoppers lining the supermarket aisles. Don’t panic! There’s no reason to dread buying groceries! With some clever planning you can be in and out of your local grocery in a flash.
Let’s face it, no one wants to put a tasteless, dry piece of meat on a plate and call it dinner. But regularly buying the most sought-after cuts of meat doesn’t have a favourable outcome on your pocket either. So say hello to the MyKitchen way of doing things, where flavour, and your budget, both come first!
It’s the end of the year and inevitably our calenders are filling up with end-year celebrations and social gatherings. While this season’s fun-filled nights with their tasty snacks and complementary booze sound promising, it also makes keeping up healthy habits a whole lot harder. Here are our top tips to enjoy the party without giving up on your health the next day.
‘Tis the season of boozy office parties, end-of-year celebrations, lavish Christmas meals, and many a bottle of Champagne. Family, friends and the promise of presents, are all reason to be jolly, but overindulging in festive treats might leave you ringing in the new year with just a few more kilos than you’d like. With clever planning, and a few of our sneaky tricks, you can still enjoy the hoilday season, without gaining a dress size by January.