Self-isolation might be an introvert’s dream, but it’s an average cook’s nightmare. And whilst takeaways and restaurants are closed for the next few weeks, we implore you to explore a diet outside of baked beans on toast.
To help you do just that, we’ve scoured the web for a few must-try recipes from some of New Zealand’s favourite foodies. From Ima Cusine’s Hot Cross Buns to flavourful dinner dishes, give these a whirl and you might just emerge from self-isolation a culinary butterfly.
Hot Cross Buns By Ima Cusine
An Easter without Ima Cusine’s hot cross buns is just downright criminal. Luckily a little Google-ing goes a long way, because we’ve tracked down the original recipe by chef-owner, Yael Shochat. We’re not going to lie, it’s an involved process, but 100 per cent worth it because you’ll be blessed with fluffy, spicy, beautiful buns adorned with their signature custard cross. We’re drooling just thinking about it.
Kūmara Gnocchi By Monique Fiso
Known for her appearance on Netflix’s Final Table and her incredible Wellington-based restaurant Hiakai, which celebrates all things Māori cuisine, indulge in a little soul-food with this hearty supper dish from Monique. We’re obsessed with regular gnocchi any day, so this amped-up version starring kūmara, parmesan and toasted breadcrumbs has us drooling all over. Get the low-down on how to make this delectable dish here.
Grilled Peach, Bacon And Halloumi Salad By Nadia Lim
Quick, easy and healthy is Nadia Lim’s motto and we couldn’t get behind this more. Proving that salads don’t have to be boring (shock horror), this mouth-watering grilled peach, crispy bacon and halloumi number is no exception. The perfect light lunch or BBQ side, we’re living for how easy this is to make—add it to your weekly rotation and save the recipe here.
Basically Any Cake By The Caker
To say we’re obsessed with the creative culinary delights coming out of Jordan Rondel’s kitchen at The Caker would be a total understatement. That’s why we simply can’t choose a single recipe to recreate. Head on over to The Caker’s blog to find a cake that tickles your fancy, there’s a slew of sweet, seasonal options to choose from. We’re personally into this Pink Grapefruit and Gin one, because you can’t go wrong with a splash of the good stuff. These recipes are super easy to tackle for any home baker, but if you’re after an easier option, they also offer baking kits for sale.
Tandoori Chicken By Sid Sahrawat
Spicy, flavourful and incredibly moreish, this concoction by acclaimed Auckland chef Sid Sahrawat is sure to impress. Giving you the chance to really road test those skills you picked up in food tech class, expect to be playing with balancing spices, mixing marinades and mastering sauces to achieve this dinnertime favourite. Grab the deets on Sid’s Tandoori Chicken with Kadhai spices here.
Ginger Crunch By Al Brown
When those late-night cravings come calling, Al Brown’s ginger crunch (his mum’s signature slice) will be there to comfort you. We’re telling you, this recipe couldn’t be easier—it’s literally two steps long. Whack together a base, stir up some icing and consider you snack-tuation sorted. Just don’t mess up the all-important icing to base ratio—two-thirds base to one-third icing is the winner for a flawless slice.
Mexican Burgers By Sarah Tuck
Look, it’s not easy choosing a single recipe from the foodie goddess herself Sarah Tuck. Her blog Stuck in the Kitchen offers endless choices for delicious meals any time of the day, from shakshuka with homemade cumin labneh to this stupidly easy miso mushroom soba noodle soup. However, you can’t complete an at-home recipe list without a solid burger option. Presenting, Mexican burgers with avocado, smoked paprika mayonnaise and crunchy slaw—it’s sure to set your tastebuds alight in more ways than one.
The Richie Brownie By Ripe Deli
Yes, you guessed it, this big-shot brownie is named after the one and only, Richie McCaw. A staple and fan favourite at Auckland eatery Ripe Deli, it stars thick layers of indulgent brownie with a ripple of gooey white chocolate filling running through the centre. No wonder they’ve been serving it up for 15 years. Make your time in iso pass faster by nailing the number one 3pm snack in Auckland with their recipe here.
Once you’ve nailed the eats, why not treat your soul to 10 of the best feel-good movies on Netflix NZ?
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