Craving some culinary wanderlust? ​

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Craving some culinary wanderlust? ​

Months at home has inspired many of us to think outside the box when it comes to cooking.

You may have picked up new culinary skills during your spare time and are now more inspired than ever to bake from scratch, try different techniques, and be more adventurous in the kitchen.

With restrictions on international travel currently in place, why not try taking your tastebuds on a culinary journey around the world instead, using those new-found kitchen skills of yours.

Barbeque Argentinian-style in your backyard

Ditch the boring snags and potato salad. Argentinian ‘Asado’ is all about fragrant, smoky, spicy meat. Get ready, because it’s surprisingly simple to recreate this ancient style of cooking with your regular barbeque.

  • Choose quality meats like chorizo, ribeye, tenderloin or beef ribs
  • Cook low and slow, grill your meat over low heat for a minimum of two hours, ensuring there is no direct heat or flames
  • Use wood, not charcoal, for your heat source
  • Only season meats with salt and pepper before grilling (no marinades!)
  • Serve with fresh chimichurri

In Argentina, the quality of the meat is paramount. Invest in quality cuts from Countdown.

The most popular sauce to accompany the ‘Asado’ is chimichurri. Whip together ½ cup of chopped parsley, 3 cloves of minced garlic, ¾ teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 tablespoon of red pepper, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and ½ cup of olive oil. Add salt to taste.

Shop these ingredients at Countdown.

Taste the flavours of Tokyo with hand-rolled sushi

This is the no-fuss way to make sushi at home. All you need is large seaweed sheets, sushi rice and your favourite fillings, available from Countdown.

Roll them using a sushi mat or into a cone shape and you’re good to go!
Make the process even easier with a rice cooker from Stevens for perfect, fluffy rice in minutes.

For a fun and social way to eat sushi, serve the seaweed, rice and fillings on a platter and let your friends and family create their own hand rolls.

Serve Thai salad fresh from a pineapple

This is a fun way to turn a simple salad into a show-stopping dish. Choose your favourite Thai salad recipe. We love this Thai Noodle Salad recipe from Woolworths.

Halve and hollow a fresh pineapple and serve the salad inside.

Shop for fresh produce at Countdown.

Handmade pasta from Positano

There’s nothing better than homemade pasta to transport you straight to Positano, and it’s easier to make than you might think.

Shop for flour, eggs, olive oil and sea salt from Countdown.

Add four large eggs, 2 ½ cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt into a food processor – grab yours from Farmers - and pulse for 10 seconds. Knead by hand for 1-2 minutes until your dough is smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

When it comes to rolling out the pasta, you can do this by hand with a rolling pin, or you can invest in a pasta maker and drying rack from Stevens.

Open a bottle of wine and roll out a fresh batch of pasta together with your family and friends. Who needs an Italian vacay anyway!

Taste the salty air of Tulum with a pink grapefruit margarita

Grapefruit is a magical fruit that works well in just about any cocktail.

Here’s the list of ingredients you need to whip up some pink grapefruit margaritas:

• 1 cup red grapefruit juice
• 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (roughly 4 limes)
• 1 cup orange liqueur such as Triple Sec
• 2 cups ice
• 1 cup tequila

Find these ingredients from Countdown.

We recommend juicing enough fruit for a double batch – you’re going to want seconds.

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