Now that we’re cooking at home increasingly more, after going through a mandatory frozen pizza phase, binge-on-snacks phase and a drink-all-that’s-left-of-the-alchohol phase, we’re going back to craving something healthier and more substantial. In case your cravings are waking up too, we’ve compiled a list of recipes that are simple enough that anyone could make them.
We tried applying brutalist principles to food making and the recipe criteria went something like this:
- It should contain simple ingredients.
- The dish should be straightforward and is about the taste of key ingredients.
- Elaborate cooking techniques are allowed. It’s not about a lack of sophistication, just a commitment to purity.
- Decoration on the plate should be avoided.
- Portions should be of a substantial size.
And the key here is - these won’t look like much, but trust us, they are delicious.
INO KUVAČIĆ FOR FOOD & WINE
It’s black, minimalist and reminiscent of summer on the Adriatic coast. It looks more complex to make than it actually is. This is also Nemanja’s all-time favourite dish. Ask him about it.
PETER’S FOOD ADVENTURES
Bored of the usual soups? If you can get hold of sorrel (a green leafy plant otherwise known as ’sour spinach’), you’ll most likely have the rest of the ingredients in your pantry already. It’s healthy and that’s exactly how it’s going to look like.
Bored of eggs? Pimp your eggs up. It’s like having a lasagne dish for breakfast - but without lasagne, while still keeping your breakfast eggs.
FLORIAN PINEL FOR VICE
Ok, let’s be clear up front. You’ll need to know how to work with dough for this one, and also there are a lot of different khachapuri variations depending what part of Georgia the dish is made in. They’re all delicious but we’ll focus on the Imeretian version. Once you try it you’ll understand why khachapuri should be the new pizza.
TADASHI ONO & HARRIS SALAT FOR BON APPÉTIT
Feels like you mastered posh cuisine by making something that sounds complex and sophisticated, but in reality it’s just a way to make boiled chicken that’s not tasteless. And the best thing: it's all cooked fuss-free in a single pan and once it’s done - it’s done.
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