It’s been really cold in Cape Town and there is nothing more I can think of than yummy food.
Below is an article that has a recipe of one of my favourite dishes; Cottage Pie.
Photograph: me with KFM’s Ryan O’Connor
Josh Thirion taking a bite of a chicken kebab with sesame seed but it is a cottage pie pots that is his favorite dish.
Johannesburg – Josh Thirion, 10, is one of South Africa’s youngest published authors.
His cookbook, Cooking With Josh, is a fun, colourful and imaginative recipe guide aimed at children of his age group.
It can also be used by parents to coax fussy eaters, and to get their children more involved in the kitchen.
Last month, Josh won first prize in the children’s category at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013.
The annual awards honour the best food and wine books. This year, authors from 171 countries competed, with 105 countries qualifying for best in the world. The winners were announced at a banquet in Paris.
The world may be his oyster, but Josh is quick to point out that his mother is still the best cook.
Josh Thirion on the cover of his new cookbook. The 10-year-old hopes to publish his second cookbook within the next five years.
The Cape Town-born star said he had been inspired by reality cooking shows such as Masterchef and Junior Masterchef.
“I am not a good cook yet, and I can’t design recipes just yet. I used existing recipes for my cookbook, but with the help of my mom, we put a bit of a twist to them to make it my own.
“The ingredients of the final recipes were based on the tastes I like most. I have a lot to learn still and hope I can learn to be a good cook some day,” Josh said.
Some of his recipes include his favourite cottage pie pots, date balls, puffy cheese toast and strawberry milkshake.
Josh has illustrated the cookbook using his talent for drawing.
The young chef has created activities such as colouring-in, mazes, word games, crossword puzzles, spot-the-difference and connect-the-dots.
Some of his role-models include Jamie Oliver, Ariana Bundy and Michel Roux.
In the next five years, Josh plans to publish his second book and wants to host his own TV cooking show for children.
His best culinary advice is: “Focus and concentrate while you’re busy in the kitchen, because accidents can happen quickly, but also have fun.”
COTTAGE PIE POTS
This is my favourite dinner.I prefer it with butternut on top, but it tastes great with either topping.
450g sweet potatoes or butternut, peeled and cut into small chunks
2 Tbsp (30ml) butter
3 Tbsp (45ml) milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp (15ml) oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and cut into small chunks
250g lean beef mince
2-3 medium tomatoes, blanched in hot water for 1-2 minutes, then peeled and diced
3/4 cup (180ml) grated cheddar cheese
1. Boil the sweet potatoes or butternut in a pot of water until tender. Drain and then mash with the butter and milk. Season with salt and pepper and put to one side.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion until soft. Add the garlic, carrot and mince and cook over medium heat for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the tomatoes and water, cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes. Switch on the oven’s grill.
4. Divide the beef mixture between four pots and spread mash on top of each. Sprinkle with cheese and grill for a few minutes until the tops are brown and crisp. Lovely!
Serves 4. – The Star
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