YOU (South Africa) - - CHILL OUT - By PRUE LEITH Blue­bird – SANDY COOK

South African-born chef Prue Leith has be­come a by­word for tried-and-trusted cook­ing ex­cel­lence. In her first book in 25 years the culi­nary leg­end shares sev­eral of her all-time favourite recipes – meals she and her hus­band, John, love to tuck into at home.

Sim­ple pas­tas, lus­cious rata­touilles, slow-roast lamb with an­chovies, cot­tage pie with black pud­ding and, of course, bobotie! It’s all stuff real peo­ple with busy lives like to eat.

“Cook­ing isn’t a re­li­gion,” she told Bri­tish news­pa­per the Daily Mail re­cently. “Friends are oc­ca­sion­ally shocked that I’ll reach for the cus­tard pow­der or stock cubes, frozen mash or puff pas­try.”

For your next TV din­ner take in­spi­ra­tion from her clock­work plate, where she ar­ranges bits and pieces of left­overs from her fridge in an invit­ing cir­cle on a plate to nib­ble through while you binge-watch se­ries.

From cold meats to straw­ber­ries and choc­cies, any­thing goes. It’s fuss-free eat­ing that dis­cour­ages waste.

And there are no lec­tures from cheer­ful Prue (78) on clean eat­ing or su­per­foods.

The dessert sec­tion is great, with in­spi­ra­tion for ev­ery­thing from cakes to creamy ice creams and su­per­star ba­nanas on toast. Sim­ply del­ish!

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