FROM THE EDITOR
WINNING recipes have been part of YOU’s food pages since the magazine’s inception in 1987. Every week piles of handwritten recipes arrived at our test kitchen, of which the best were tested and featured in the magazine. Over the years these recipes have also been featured in a formidable collection of books. Later readers would email recipes, mainly dishes that could be prepared quickly, such as one-pot meals and instant cakes, as people found they had less time to sweat over complicated meals in the kitchen. The arrival of Media24’s television channel, VIA, in 2015 provided the ideal platform to give this old recipe for success a touch of TV glamour with the cooking programme, Jy Het ’n Wenresep.
In each episode three contestants prepared their favourite recipes and, in my role as presenter and judge, I could choose only one winner. At first I found the idea nerve-racking – how do you decide on a winner without being subjective? I had a few sleepless nights before coming up with a set of criteria that each of the winning recipes had to meet (see page 6). I felt calmer after that because it meant I could judge each meal objectively and not be swayed by charming contestants or pretty crockery. I also judged the recipes rather than the contestants’ skills in the kitchen.
In this magazine, we feature all the recipes from the TV show’s first season. These are firm family favourites as well as creative dishes that the contestants invented. The dishes are quick and easy to prepare and I had a great time tasting them all.
As part of the winners’ prize, I restyled the winning recipes so they’d appear fresh and modern in the photos. And for this magazine I also selected one recipe from each episode and reinvented it within the guidelines of our criteria; this appears inside as Carmen’s Twist.
We have also included tips on how to flavour food (page 50) and solve common problems that may occur while cooking (page 96).
Now it’s your turn to try the recipes and even come up with your own interesting twists! Email any comments, recipe ideas and fresh twists to email@example.com.