Do the oke-poke!
Poke (or poké, depending on who you speak to) has become such a trend that new restaurants are popping up all over the country specialising in it. With or without the accent, Momo Soké (Jo’burg), Surf Rider (KZN) and Hokey Poke in Cape Town are just three of many now riding the wave of what it means to “slice” or “cut”, in Hawaiian. Think chunks of raw, marinated fish placed on rice and topped with umami and vegetables – everything you love about Asian-fusion cuisine, but with a twist. It’s also super-healthy and beautiful to look at. What’s not to love?
Mid-winter is a great time to impress your friends and family with some classic fried chicken.
Simply slice three or four skinless chicken breasts into the same number of strips and drop them into a small bowl of flour. Next, immerse them in a second bowl containing a whisked raw egg or two. From there, dunk them in a third bowl of breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes and season to taste.
Pour canola oil into a frying pan over a medium heat. Once it’s hot, place the chicken strips in the oil and fry for about seven minutes. Remove from the oil and allow to cool on a kitchen towel.
Now for the fun part – the dressing, which can really be anything, from simple dip-in sauces like mayonnaise to sweet chilli or any kind of mustard.
Add a garden salad and you’ve just prepared a brilliant, almost Bantingfriendly feast!
IN THE MIX
If you, like me, were a bit sceptical about the NUTRiBULLET revolution, it’s time to learn why this simple kitchen accessory continues to win fans of all ages. With the aim of breaking down plant foods into an easily digestible state, there’s not a single vegetable or fruit that can’t be made into a highly nutritious and delicious blend of super-food bliss. Old-school juicing removes all the critical fibre our bodies need, while blending leaves unwanted chunks. However, NUTRiBULLET breaks down everything you throw into it, but leaves the fibre and removes the chunks.
With a variety of models available, from the BabyBullet to the Rolls-Royce Rx, powershakes, smoothies, soups and purées, anything can be made at the flick of a switch. What’s more, the website offers loads of great recipes.