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Cooking up a Storm

Inventive hacks for the not-quite-MasterChefs

Looking for creative ways to throw together quick, easy, and delicious meals with the limited ingredients you have at home? Give our inventive recipes below a whirl.

TIP 1: REPURPOSE PANTRY STAPLES

Dumpling Fried Rice

Frozen dumplings are a crowd favourite for lazy lunches, but who would have thought that their fillings would make flavourful toppings for the ultimate comfort food - fried rice? The foundation of this dish is one bowl of rice and one bowl of dumplings, so it’s a great way to utilise leftover rice from last night’s dinner.

  1. Heat up the pan with a splash of oil and add chopped scallions

  2. Cut up your dumplings and stir them up in the pan

  3. Pour another splash of oil into the pan and scramble 2 eggs

  4. Add rice, seasoning with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce

  5. Toss everything together, sprinkling salt and pepper to taste

  6. Spice things up with a sleek platinum Chinese spoon from L’OBJET

Creamy Mayo Ramen

Like frozen dumplings, instant noodles are another item we buy in bulk and store away in our kitchen cabinets. To create a more luxurious and authentic bowl of ramen out of a guilty pleasure, reach for three simple ingredients. The internet recommends the Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen, but feel free to use your brand of choice.

  1. Mix 1 egg, 1 clove of grated garlic, 1 tablespoon of Kewpie mayonnaise, and instant noodle seasoning packets in a wine-coloured porcelain ramen bowl from L’OBJET

  2. Boil 500mL of water and cook instant noodles for 3 minutes

  3. Pour boiled water into your bowl, mixing everything together

  4. Add noodles and toppings such as green onion and beansprouts

  5. Serve with colour-blocked wood chopsticks from Marunao for a rustic appeal

TIP 2: SAVE ON DISHWASHING

One Pan Egg Sandwich

Once you figure out how to fold and flip like a pro, you’ll fall in love with the ingenuity of cooking everything in one go. Sandwiches are beloved for their versatility and this recipe is no different. Incorporate whatever ingredients you normally prefer, such as bacon, ham, avocado, or tomato. For a pop of colour, mix chopped green onions into your egg.

  1. Beat 3 eggs, seasoning with salt and pepper

  2. Melt butter on the pan and add eggs, swirling them around

  3. Butter 2 slices of bread and place them over the eggs, positioning the slices so that the bottoms are together

  4. Once the egg has set, flip it with the bread so that the egg is facing up

  5. Place 2 slices of cheese and other toppings on top of the egg

  6. Fold the excess egg inward on all sides so that it fits on top of the bread

  7. Flip the bottom slice of bread over the top slice to form a sandwich

  8. Cook until both slices of bread are toasted and cheese is melted

  9. Serve on a white porcelain square plate from Ginori 1735 that perfectly frames your sandwich

One Pot Vegetarian Pasta

One pot pasta recipes work well because you can skip out on boiling and draining pasta separately, and starch from the pasta also helps thicken water into sauce. This healthy recipe serves two, making it ideal for a romantic date night.

  1. Slice 1 onion, 200g of mushrooms and 200g of cherry tomatoes, mince 3 cloves of garlic, and roughly chop a handful of basil

  2. Heat oil in the pot over medium heat and add onion, mushrooms and garlic, cooking until mushrooms are reduced and onions and garlic are coloured

  3. Add cherry tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper, stirring everything together

  4. Add 500mL of hot water and 200g of spaghetti

  5. Bring the water to a boil and cook for 8-10 minutes until the spaghetti is al dente

  6. Stir in the basil and remove the pan from heat

  7. Get date night-ready with an elegant hand-painted 24k gold rim porcelain plate from Coralla Maiuri and a stainless steel cutlery set from Cutipol

TIP 3: JUST POP IT IN

Chocolate Mug Cake

Don’t have an oven at home? Prepare a simplified chocolate cake using a microwave. Best of all, the treat-in-a-mug can be conveniently enjoyed while watching telly - just like a cup of hot cocoa.

  1. Mix 4 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons of sugar, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, 3 tablespoons of milk, 1 tablespoon of oil, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into Ligne Blanche’s artsy porcelain mug featuring Keith Haring's iconic Limoges print

  2. Microwave for 90 seconds to 2 minutes, ensuring it doesn’t spill over

  3. Let it cool for one minute before eating

  4. Had a rough day? Complete your chocolate cake with an indulgent scoop of ice cream

Rice Cooker Pancake

Instead of labouring over a hot stove flipping a stack of pancakes, prepare one giant, jiggly, Japanese-style pancake in the rice cooker. The hardest part? Waiting for it to cook. Bonus: it’s super fun to share with the whole fam.

  1. Mix 1½ cup of milk, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  2. Pour in 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2½ teaspoons of baking powder, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and 3 tablespoons of sugar, whisking everything together

  3. Oil up the rice cooker bowl and pour in the pancake batter, letting it cook for 45 minutes

  4. Top with maple syrup, whipped cream, or any other toppings you desire

  5. Display your pancake on an ebonised oak decorative platter with brass elements and dig in with a set of 6 Baroque-style dessert forks from Casa Bugatti

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2022-03-09 00:00:00.0

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