YOU Winning Recipes - - 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

Happy cook­ing!

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