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Chef’s kiss: The ‘how-to’ food ‘grams we’re following right now

23 September 2021

Fashion Quarterly rounds up the Instagram accounts that are set to whet your appetite.

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If you, like us, have been feeling a little reluctant to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen of late, take inspiration from a new breed of gourmands who are gracing our Instagram feeds with drool-worthy dishes, homemade with love.

Forget cookbooks, because we’re turning to our screens for a daily dose of culinary inspiration and how-tos from our favourite local Instagram foodies. From Miss Polly’s Kitchen’s aubergine and cauliflower salad, to Enna Ye’s biang biang noodles, there’s something for all tastes and cooking abilities. 

Whether you’re an Ottolenghi aficionado or looking to broaden your cooking repertoire, read on to discover FQ’s top Instagram accounts that are helping us up our kitchen game right now.

1. @misspollyskitchen

If you haven’t yet heard of the culinary delight that is Miss Polly’s Kitchen, take note, for her recipes are foolproof—and will have your dinner guests thinking you’ve called in the professionals! Our pick from her extensive repertoire is the roasted aubergine and cauliflower salad. With saffron yoghurt dressing, this one packs a punch on your plate. 

2. @cookwithenna

Ever wondered how to nail the aroma and spice of your favourite asian dishes? With recipes from scratch (hand-pulled noodles anyone?) and dishes you can cook in under 30 minutes, Enna Ye puts her family’s favourite recipes on the table for all to enjoy. If you’re a lover of chilli and spice, give Ye’s recipe for Biang Biang noodles a go—this one’s hot! 

3. @niamhskitchen__

In between managing some of New Zealand’s top fashion brands, PR maven Niamh Gibson can be found experimenting in her kitchen, sharing her recipes via @niamhskitchen__. But don’t be fooled by the wholesome recipes alone (like the crispy prosciutto and balsamic chicken salad pictured above), a quick scroll of Gibson’s page and you’ll find sweet treats galore. Because life should be about balance, right? 

4. @hitch.cooks

If you weren’t feeling hungry—you will be now. One scroll down Hitch Cooks’ feed and you’ll be spoilt for choice with mouth-watering, hearty meals that are plated to the nines. And while there are plenty of elaborate recipes to be found, nothing quite beats the simplicity of a chicken sandwich (pictured). Especially when it’s deep fried, slathered with the finest condiments, and served with a side of chips!

5. @assortment___

With an array of recipes—both free and via subscription—Assortment is here to lighten the mental load that often comes with cooking. While eating well isn’t always the easiest option at times, Assortment’s seasonal recipes are made simple and cost effective, with minimal waste. One of our Assortment favourites is the crispy smashed potatoes (pictured). With garlic yoghurt sauce and pickled onions, there’s not a meal they don’t complement.

Now that dinner’s sorted, how about a cocktail and T.V. show to complement your plate? For more dining and entertainment inspiration, check out these cocktail recipes from Fever Tree’s mixologist Cam Timmins here.

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