Like we all well know, it’s not always possible to head out to paint the town red when date night rolls around. You might have an early day the next day, could be feeling a little cash-strapped or might simply prefer to lounge around at home, rather than fighting over parking space and having to wear pants. After all, at home pants are always optional.
Happily, there are all sorts of fun things you can get up to at home! To inspire a few fun nights in, here are four of the hottest food trends with which to experiment right there in the comfort of your very own abode:
NO-FUSS DIY COOKING
Get crafty behind the stove with the help of no-fuss, pre-portioned meals that you can cook at home. Businesses like UCOOK
deliver fresh ingredients directly to your home so you can make delicious meals in exactly the right proportions.
You can order enough for two or to feed a whole family, and it comes with simple, systematic instructions that allow you whip up a wholesome meal without wasting any ingredients. Inspiring AND environmentally-friendly. Score!
Ramen restaurants have been popping up left, right and centre in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Ramen is a Japanese dish that consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavoured with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, boiled eggs, and green onions. Also, it’s really simple to make at home! Read all about it here
Essentially, buddha bowls (also known as macro bowls or hippie bowls) are colourful, filling dishes presented in a large bowl and composed of grains, veggies (raw, sautéed and/or roasted), protein (legumes, tofu or meat), greens and seeds -- and to finish it all off, a hearty dressing. Here are a few delicious buddha bowl recipes to try at home
Mocktails are the next big thing. Sure, getting a little buzz on is all good and well (especially when you’ll be staying home and not getting behind the wheel), but a booze-free alternative can be just as much fun. We recommend get Almost Zero from Van Loveren
This grown-up drink is a tasty alternative to all the sugar-laden non-alcoholic options out there. Try it with some blood orange and a sprig of rosemary, or dress it up with some pomegranate rubies and fresh mint. YUM!
DR OETKER RISTORANTE PIZZA
Real Italian Restaurant Taste. Experience passion on your plate with Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizza. A thin and crispy Italian-style pizza and fresh toppings, bursting with flavour, capturing the true essence of an Italian restaurant.
Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizza offers you the "Real Italian Restaurant Taste" at home. Follow them on Facebook
These are just five of the foodie trends you can try at home. For more food & dining inspiration, keep an eye on the blog (and our social media channels!) in coming weeks and months.