May 2013 _ Meals for Two
Cooking for two is what I do most nights of the week for my husband Mick and I. I really enjoy the process of unwinding in the kitchen after a day in the photo studio; I see it as a time where I can be creative and relax over a glass of wine. Like myself, some people aren’t regularly cooking for a group – young couples, friends, or families when half the gang is out, to name a few. Then there are parents who occasionally want some time for a romantic dinner together. These settings inspired this month’s selection of recipes for two. There’s a mix of weeknight and weekend meals, but whichever one you chose, they’re all incredibly flavoursome and easy to prepare. And, with the cooler winter months approaching, they’re just the kind of food for settling in and enjoying a home cooked meal à deux.
For a casual night in, go for the harissa and capsicum chicken. It’s so easy – simply fry the ingredients, then let them simmer away for a vibrant finish. It also doubles as leftovers, like any stew the flavours develop with time and the spiced couscous reheats well. Another quick, punchy option are the chilli and tamarind prawns, a curry-style dinner with lots of heat but that won’t weigh you down. Pork cutlets with creamy celeriac mash remind me of all that’s good and comforting about British pub food. I’ve popped the traditional stuffing on top and added macadamias for extra crunch. Come the weekend, treat yourself to stuffed spatchcocks for a roast with a truffle twist. These small chickens have the same juicy appeal of quail, but are more substantial and are now available from some supermarkets. To end, there’s no going past my chocolate take on banoffee pie – regardless the night of week. It’s made with store-bought dulce de leche caramel, which saves time without compromising flavour.