There’s much satisfaction that comes with cooking easy recipes and eating something that you enjoy and at a time that suits you. But as a bachelor, the thought of preparing meals from scratch may not seem exciting, especially when you just don’t know where to start.
Self-taught bachelor cook and founder of ‘Bachelor’s Kitchen Mzansi’, Simphiwe Banana and professional chef, Robert Gunn share the ultimate bachelors’ ‘game plan’ to navigating your way around the kitchen as well as putting the love back into cooking.
Bachelor’s Kitchen Mzansi’, Simphiwe Banana Easy Meals for Bachelors: A ‘Game plan’ for Navigating the Kitchen
Keep it simple.
“Consider starting with simple cooking techniques like roasting, grilling, boiling and frying. As with any new skill, building confidence in the beginning is necessary so start with simple dishes such as savoury mince on toast or roast chicken with salad.
Even mastering something like a grilled cheese sandwich can be a confidence booster. Once you have mastered the basics it is then time to move onto more complex dishes,” advises Chef Robert.
Go for Cookware That is Versatile.
“You need to have at least three pots and a pan. Versatility is important. For example, purchase a pan that you can use for frying and be able to use the same pan in the oven.
I recommend purchasing non-stick cookware. It’s much more difficult to burn food that’s cooked in non-stick cookware,” says Simphiwe. Chef Robert recommends purchasing good quality cookware that is within your budget.
Reinvent Your Leftovers.
Leftover roast chicken can be mixed with a garden salad and mayonnaise to make a tasty filling meal,” adds Chef Robert.
Make use of Online Sources.
“There’s an abundance of inspiration online. Follow your favourite chefs, foodies and restaurants on Facebook and Instagram for inspiration. For easy to follow recipes, I particularly like the Knorr What’s For Dinner website and Facebook page.
Their recipes are easy to follow and don’t always require too many ingredients,” shares Simphiwe.
Lastly, Cook Food That You Love.
“Look at what type of meals you enjoy when eating out or meals which you grew up eating and try to replicate them. It’s also a good idea to start with your favourite protein and take it from there,” concludes Chef Robert.
GOURMET BOERIE ROLLS WITH MUSHROOM, RED ONION AND BALSAMIC SAUCE
- 4 bread rolls, sliced and spread with margarine
- 30 ml sunflower oil
- 15 ml margarine / butter
- 2 large clove garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
- 250 g mushrooms sliced
- 45 ml balsamic vinegar
- 1 Knorr Chicken Stock Pot
- 45 ml red wine
- 40 g blue cheese
- cracked black pepper
- Heat sunflower oil and margarine/butter in a pan and gently sauté the onion and garlic
- Allow to cook on a low heat to caramelise for about 10 minutes
- Add the button mushrooms and cook until tender, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add the balsamic vinegar, Knorr Chicken Stock Pot and red wine
- Allow the Knorr Chicken Stock Pot to melt and stir well then remove from the heat
- Allow the Knorr Chicken Stock Pot to melt and stir well then remove from the heat and season with Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
- Serve the sauce and crumbled blue cheese separately and allow people to serve as they please