Cooking is a skill that takes plenty of time, effort, trial and error. There are those who have the raw talent, and others who… just don’t. If you’re one of those who are a little less gifted in the kitchen, don’t fret. You don’t have to store your jumpers in your oven like Carrie Bradshaw anymore, and you don’t have to install a kitchen tap from MyDeal just for show, you can actually cook delicious meals, effortlessly. Here are some recipes for those who can’t cook.
Blueberry & Hazelnut pancakes - courtesy of Sweets for Tilly
– 200 grams self-raising flour – sifted
– 1tsp baking powder
– A pinch of salt
– 1 egg
– 300 ml of milk
– 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
– 90 grams of finely chopped hazelnuts (or whiz in a food processor for it to be finely chopped)
– 150 grams frozen blueberries
– A small knob of butter for cooking
- Mix the dry ingredients and the nuts in a large bowl.
- Beat the egg with the milk and then make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Whisk the milk into the dry ingredients until you have a thick batter.
- Gently stir in half the blueberries into the batter mix.
- Put a large non-stick frying pan on a low-medium heat and add a small knob of butter until it melts.
- Ladle the batter into the pan, cook for 2-3 minutes until there are bubbles forming on the surface of each pancake.
- Turn the pancake and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden.
- Keep the pancakes warm in a low temp oven, while you cook the rest of the batter.
- Serve with yoghurt and the remainder of the blueberries. Or for a special treat top with golden syrup with the blueberries.
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Poor Girls Frittata - courtesy of The Poor Girl’s Pantry
2 medium sized sweet potatoes (cut into cubes)
¼ of a jap pumpkin
½ bunch of kale
½ broccoli (including stem)
2 red onions
4-5 figs (alternate: 2 pink lady apples)
2 packets of 150g goats cheese
12 eggs (we highly encourage you to source local & free range if possible)
1 cup almond (or nut) milk
2-3 heaped tablespoons coconut sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper
Herbs (oregano, rosemary, thyme)
Preheat oven to 200c fan bake.
Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Cut pumpkin & sweet potato into medium-small cubes.
Place on tray, and bake.
In a frypan on high heat, place olive oil, balsamic vinegar, coconut sugar, salt & pepper.
Slice onions, pears & figs (or apples) into reasonably small slices.
Add to caramelised sauce, fry.
In a bowl whisk twelve eggs with nut milk of choice. Add salt & pepper, 1 packet of goat’s cheese (crumbed) and herbs. Mix well.
Cut broccoli heads into small pieces, and dice the zucchini.
Grate the broccoli stems to avoid waste and get more for ya buck.
Place green veggies, caramelised veggies, and baked veggies into a greased baking dish.
Pour the egg mixture over the top of the veggies.
Crumb the other packet of goats cheese on top of everything and bake for roughly half an hour. (if you’re unsure if it’s cooked, stick a knife in the middle of the frittata to see the process, obviously the egg won't be runny when it's ready).
Serve on it’s own, or with salad etc.
Easy Spaghetti Bolognese - courtesy of You Totally Got This
250g of beef mince
185g fresh fettuccini (or your favourite fresh pasta)
1 cup of tomato and basil passatta sauce
1 small brown onion
1 clove garlic
½ cup water
1 medium carrot
2 cups of spinach
2 tbs of grated parmesan
2 cups mixed leave to serve
STEP 1 Grate the onion, carrot and garlic.
STEP 2 Heat a large frying pan over medium to high heat, add the mince and then stir in the onion, garlic and carrot. Cook the mince until browned.
STEP 3 Drain off any excess fat from the frying pan then add the passatta sauce and spinach. Stir until the spinach is wilted.
STEP 4 Reduce the heat to medium. Add the fettuccini and water. Stir until the fettuccini is covered by sauce and then leave it to sit for 3 minutes. Stirring half way through.
STEP 5 Divide the Bolognese between 2 plates. Top with grated parmesan and serve with a side of mixed leaves.
So there you go, three recipes that are easy to make, even for the most culinary-impaired. When you’ve made these delicious meals, why not host a dinner party with your friends, and show off your new skills? With the warm weather coming up, take the party outside with some fancy outdoor furniture and enjoy the sunshine and the food. Let’s just hope that your dinner party doesn’t lean towards that of Bridget Jones; no one wants blue soup and marmalade for dinner!