After my very first cookbook, “Cook with Josh” was released, a lot of people wanted to write articles about me. Below is an article by the Gourmet Princess 🙂 I was so excited
Not only did I have the honour of meeting this brilliant 9 year old aspiring chef at the Good Food and Wine show earlier this year, I was also lucky enough to receive a signed copy of his very first cookbook in the mail the other day.
To all moms, aunts, grans and even friends of friends with kids, this is THE gift to buy for all kids who are interested in lending a hand in the kitchen. This book is filled with photo illustrations of this young chef, Josh, along with cartoon illustrations, sketched by Josh himself, and awesome games that will be there to keep the young aspiring chef busy whilst the dish is baking away in the oven.
This book takes me right back to my own childhood, those carefree days when we would get so exited over melted cheese and anything sweet. Yes, the days where the love of food was still a carefree love, one without evil words like ‘diet’, ‘low fat’ or even ‘refined carbs’!
As I page through ‘Josh Cooks’, I pause and smile at the marvelous sight of golden yellow corn with melted and grilled cheese on triangles of crunchy, toasted white bread. Immediately my mind takes me back to 22 years ago, with my best friend, Elize. I can feel us sitting around the kitchen table in her parents’ cosy kitchen on a cold winters day, the aromas of a winters soup in the slow cooker and best of all our favourite grilled sweetcorn and cheese toasties bubbling away in the oven. We would wait anxiously for the sound of the oven door opening. Her mom, who’s name is also Ilze, would put the tray down on the table and we would dig in! And what a treat these toasties are!
Without thinking, I dialed Elize’s number and invited her over for a ‘surprise’ lunch.
For years I tried to recreate those sweetcorn toasties, and never quite got it right. Now looking at Josh’s recipe, I see that the secret ingredient with your cheese and corn recipe is 1 egg! That makes so much sense now! Thanks to the egg this cheese and sweetcorn mixture just sits perfectly on your slice of bread.
To me this recipe really is the perfect quick, delicious treat for kids AND grownups. In Josh’s recipe he uses corn on the cob. I made it a bit easier by using a can of sweetcorn. To me there is just something very appealing about the creamy corn mixed with oozing grilled cheese. Josh grills his toasties for 2 to 3 minutes, I like to bake mine in a hot oven for about 15 minutes, then switch on the grill, just to get the cheese to bubble and crisp up a bit. With this delicious lunch I made Josh’s ‘Peanut butter and banana smoothie’. The great thing about this recipe is that you can either use vanilla ice cream, or frozen plain yogurt. I popped a tub of plain yogurt in the freezer and once frozen, added that to all the ingredients into the blender. What a delicious smoothie!
The doorbell rings just as I have finished dishing up. Giggling as Elize walks in, I just had to explain that I did not go all out fancy today. She looks at my creation and starts laughing, then reminds me of just how many of these slices we would eat in one sitting! Yes, I say, while laughing, pouting and nodding.
We sat around the table just like 22 years ago, indulging in this simple, yet super tasty lunch – and like the good old days we eat without guilt and laugh about the silly things we used to get up to as kids.
The Gourmet Princess.2012.,Cook with Josh,viewed 19 March 2014,from http://www.gourmetprincess.co.za/#/princess-diaries/cook-with-josh/.