By Tess Fuller
With the deja-vu of lockdown restrictions sweeping across South Australia, decadent dinners at our favourite restaurants are sadly off the cards for the next little while. So, we’re relishing the opportunity to potter away in the warmth of our home kitchens. It’s a turbulent and unsettling time, but the quietude offered by a warm brownie remains a certainty.
If you’re anything like us, you’re already teeming through your cook-books choosing between the endless aesthetically-pleasing dishes. To make the job a little easier for you, we’ve taste-tested some standout winter warmers (honestly, our absolute pleasure), to create this roll-call of five simple and nourishing recipes to cook this lockdown.
We dare you to find us something more indulgent and moorish than a gooey wheel of cheese. Enter: Kris Llyod Artisan Baked Brie, topped generously with toasted pecans or walnuts and drizzled with a decadent golden praline sauce. It’s half crunchy, half oozy, and completely mouth-watering. Thanks to the local legends at Adelaide Central Market, you can get gourmet cheese delivered to your door through their online shop!
If you’re deprived of warm hugs right now, this winter recipe from South Australian super chef Maggie Beer is the next best thing. It celebrates the iconic duo of mushrooms and thyme, setting them upon a bed of soft, cheesy polenta. It’s perfect as a hearty vegetarian main, or paired with roast chicken for the ultimate lock-down chow-down.
If you asked us a couple of years ago to boil a beetroot and mix it into our brownies, we’d have just about laughed in your face. Turns out they bring an incredible fudgy texture to the table, whilst cutting out half the fat (so you can have double the brownies!) Lockdowns are temporary. Chocolate is forever.
While we can’t sit down to a classic ceviche share plate at our favourite Adelaide restaurant this week, this recipe lets you emulate the experience in your own kitchen! Take advantage of the abundance of cheap avocados and citrus at your local grocer and whip up this restaurant-rivaling kingfish ceviche. It’s fresh, zingy, and when paired with a delicate white wine will transport you directly to a happy place. Trust us.
Reignite your dreams of a holiday to South-East Asia in your own kitchen with Sashia Chelia’s spiced Nasi lettuce cup recipe. The Masterchef Winner, who owns a number of famed Adelaide venues, has whipped up a line of at-home meal kits to make cooking at home a little easier (and cleaner!) We suggest you start with this healthy prawn delight, which can be halved or doubled to feed your whole lockdown crew!