Is lockdown food getting your down? Are you missing your favourite takeaways? With a little bit of effort and imagination you can recreate some new lockdown takeaways.
Before there was Woollies, people actually roasted chickens in their own ovens, not even so long ago.
So, why not make some delicious roast chicken for your family? You will see smiles all around. And if you’re that hooked on Nandos, buy a few different bottles of sauces.
Best Way to Roast a Chicken
There are many ways to roast a whole chicken. Some prefer to put a lemon or some stuffing in the cavity of the chicken before putting it in the oven and others like sauces or marinades. Here is an easy way to roast a whole chicken:
Tips for Roasting Chicken
- Leave your chicken out uncovered in your refrigerator the night before you plan to cook it. This allows the skin to dry out, so it gets extra crispy when you roast it.
- If you are in a hurry, dry the chicken with paper towels for crispy skin
- Season well. Aromatics add flavour.
- Using foil to cover the breast of the bird near the end of cooking can help prevent the meat from drying out and the skin from getting too brown. Watch carefully in the last 30 minutes and lay foil over the top of the chicken if necessary.
- When it comes to cooking times, it couldn’t be easier to calculate – you’ll need 45 minutes per kg, plus an extra 20 minutes to finish. If you want to, you can baste your roast chicken once or twice during cooking to help keep it moist.
Of course, you can also make a flattened or butterflied chicken. Take a look at this video.
Cook Halaal has wonderful oven roast chicken recipe where you marinade it for about three hours in a mixture of tomato paste, Nandos bushveld braai and fresh cream.
And just in case your craving is for KFC, here is a homemade KFC recipe.
Burgers and Chips
Are the kids whining for burgers and chips?
There is a really easy way for you to prepare healthy burgers – you can either make your own patties or buy from the supermarket. For vegetarians, if you don’t make your own, any supermarket has a selection of great veg burger patties available.
You also need good buns, salad stuff to put on the burger and of course sauce.
If you don’t want to bake buns, get nice big burger buns at the supermarket.
Your other burger ingredients can be whatever tickles your taste buds – sliced tomato, onion, lettuce? Cheese?
And the sauce – well that is a negotiation with the family – they can buy Steers or Nandos sauces or you can make an easy, delicious tomato and onion sauce.
The preparation is also no problem – patties can be grilled on the fire, in the oven or in a pan and everybody can “assemble” their own burger. To taste.
Chips, well everybody can make them can’t they? If not, the Spar oven chips are pretty good.
Being in lockdown is presenting a very unique opportunity for families to be together and to share and enjoy each other. Make the food preparation part of the sharing. Make it fun