Take 5 and Cook

Simple, creative & delicious recipes

TAKE 5 AND COOK is all about making life more enjoyable for you. If you want to cook but need a simpler way to do so then TAKE 5 is for you.

Every recipe has only 5 ingredients — excluding water, salt and pepper as seasoning, and a splash of olive oil when cooking.

If you care about the quality of the food you eat and the way you live, TAKE 5 offers you expert assistance to prepare and cook fabulous dishes – and shows you how to do it with style.

No matter what is going on in your life or the demands on your time, cooking a great dish with just 5 ingredients is the solution you are looking for.

Adventures at The Milk Station, Otaki

I have had the most wonderful time embarking on a new food enterprise which involves one of my most loved activities – creating menus. We have been privileged to find some free spots in the calendar of The Milk Station in Otaki – an elegant Italianate venue normally reserved for weddings and conferences and last…
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Orange Carrot Salad

I found a fabulous orange Croatian vegetable relish. It’s quite vinegary. Whisk a couple of tablespoonfuls into a big splash of oil. Add all the finely sliced vegetables in whatever quantities feel about right for each and toss about. Season and serve.
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Banana Fizz Pancakes (Vegan)

This was such an exciting recipe to dream up. Often pancakes without egg can be a bit heavy but these are super-light. They are also fabulously vegan. Put bananas in a food processor and let them whizz until they are thick and fluffy. They must be thick and fluffy. Add ginger beer, oil and sift…
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Corn and Zucchini Fritters

I am absolutely have a thing for corn fritters and try to make them for lunch at any opportunity. Ring in the changes with what you have on hand and substitute other green things for zucchini if you don’t have one available. Beat the egg in a small bowl till thick and fluffy. Add the…
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Cornmeal Fried Fish with Lime

Toss the fish in a bag with the cornmeal, salt and pepper. Fry in a big splash of hot oil. Grate the lime and squeeze the juice into the sour cream along with a splash of chili sauce. Serve alongside the fish.
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Israeli Coucous with Dates

Cook the couscous in the stock until al dente — about 10 minutes. Vegans use a vego stock and coconut yogurt on top (not exactly inexpensive but just a spoonful at a time will allow the jar last for many meals and it’s quite inexpensive to make your own at home). At the end of…
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Roast Chicken with Lemon and Mint

This is delicious! I love the intensity of roasted, caramelised thinly sliced lemons cooked in the chicken juice. Add mint, capers and garlic and you are well on your way to heaven. 1 fine chicken 2 thinly sliced lemons A bunch of mint roughly chopped 1 T capers 3-4 cloves of garlic When I roast…
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Cinnamon Buns

  Put the yeast in a bowl with 1/4c warm water, dissolve and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Add the flour and 3/4c warm water and ¼ c melted butter. Mix, then knead by hand for 5 – 10 minutes or with dough hook until smooth and elastic. At this point I put a…
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Lamb Chops with Pesto

I must say that this recipe is madly delicious and I highly recommend trying it. It was a teeny bit experimental, and I was dazzled by the irresistible flavour produced by the combination of yogurt and pesto when baked with the meaty lamb juices. I baked this dish in a cast iron fry pan, but…
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