We all love to try new recipes but often time and budget doesn’t allow for that basket full of spices and fresh produce you need to make them. And so this month we have searched the Kingdom for recipes that can be made with just four ingredients. Doesn’t that sound grand?
We’re also embracing the new trend of veggie noodles, or zoodles! Isn’t it quite amazing how a spiralised zucchini has opened the door to so many new adventures in the kitchen? Who would have thought.
Wishing you all a wonderful week,
You will need
1kg courgettes or 750g ready-made courgette noodles
4 tbsp Pesto Princess Basil & Lemon Pesto
2-3 tbsp olive oil (OK, so we own up, we haven’t counted this as an ingredient!)
1 tsp chilli flakes (to taste)
1. First of all you need to get your courgette noodles ready. If you are going to spiralise your own, now is the time. You can buy a handy spiralizer from many of the big supermarkets and also Yuppiechef. Once you’ve got your noodles, place them in a large bowl and pour boiling water all over them, leaving them covered for 3-5 minutes. Drain the noodles but keep 1/2 cup of the ‘noodle water’ aside.
2. Mix your four tablespoons of Pesto Princess Basil & Lemon Pesto with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to coat. Add a little of the reserved ‘noodle water’ to loosen the sauce a bit more.
3. Toss your pesto sauce into your noodles. Sprinkle chilli flakes over to taste and plate. Drizzle generously with a bit more olive oil and serve with lots of Parmesan shavings.
Recipe and food styling by Michelle Parkin.
Michael Olivier’s Choice
GlenWood Grand Duc Chardonnay 2013
Outstanding wine from this boutique estate, off the beaten track in Franschhoek. Well worth the detour as they would say in the Michelin Guide. Excellent food in the Rendezvous Bistro by Melissa Bird.
It looks like: Packed in a Burgundy bottle with many medals. In the glass, a rich golden straw colour with green amber flashes.
It smells like: The perfect combination of fine French oak and citrus fruits. Minerals.
It tastes like: Rich, round, full from entry to the long aftertaste. It has a cashew nut and vanilla creaminess to it well integrated with the oak and minerals and fabulous fruit, citrus and ripe yellow-fleshed peaches. The aftertaste so long-lasting – a stunner of a wine.