Adding a touch of spice can turn ordinary into extraordinary
Our lives are utterly dependant on food, and while we are encouraged to be more health conscious or even adventurous in our food choices, it’s difficult to escape the desire for a meal that’s both simple and comforting — our ‘go to recipes,’ for want of a better expression.
Possibly, these desires for certain recipes are throwbacks to meals our parents provided for us and ones that generally bring back fond memories of sitting around the table devouring decent, home-cooked deliciousness!
These are also some of the first dishes that most of us would have learned to prepare by ourselves, adding another generation to time honoured traditions handed down from mother to daughter and father to son. Call me nostalgic, but a wonderful feeling of pride washed over me the first time my child took an interest in a dish I was preparing and I had the opportunity to say, “Your grandmother would always tell me to add Spring onions to rice, noodle or mashed potatoes.” Other pearls of wisdom would follow ensuring our family’s simple kitchen craft will continue.
The type of family-favourites, of course, depends on where you are in the world. Pull up a chair at a dinner table in the UK during the week and you could well be delving into a serving of pork sausages, mixed vegetables and mash topped with gravy. Anywhere in Asia, a plate of steamed fish with rice and vegetables may be on offer, while in the US your hosts might present you with a healthy portion of meatloaf. Granted, the dishes mentioned above are plain heaven to the kids returning home after a day at school or after six-months in a new job away from home, but you’d have to agree they also can become bland.
Here at Mauritius Foods, we considered the dilemma of health consciousness and adventure versus time management and comfort eating. Fortunately, for all concerned the answer is in a jar of Dodo Chilli Sauce, we reckon!
After exhaustive research and hours of experimenting — euphemisms for time spent test-tasting yummy food — we came up with a few ideas to boost the bland and maybe even add to your family’s cooking customs!
Delicious Dodo Salmon
- Over a single serving of fresh Salmon, lavish the top with Dodo Chilli Cooking Sauce and wrap in baking foil.
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 and cook the fish for 15-18 minutes depending on its thickness. Remove from foil and serve with steamed vegetables.
Divine Dodo Chicken Burgers
- 500 grams of ground chicken
- 1 cup of bread crumbs
- 3/4 small onion finely chopped
- 1 egg yolk
- A pinch of salt and cracked black peppers
- 1 tablespoon of Dodo Chilli Cooking Sauce
- Blend all the ingredients in a bowl by hand
- Form into ½” thick patties to be fried or grilled
I will be at the Chester Food and Drink Festival next weekend at Chester racecourse if you would like to come and sample some Dodo Chilli Sauce for yourself?