My children expect dinner. Every. Single. Day. The only problem with this unwavering expectation is the fact that I, apparently, am the person required to provide it. Every. Single. Day.
I do not mind terribly the actual making of dinner but many are the days that I quite simply loathe having to decide what to make for dinner. You might be surprised at the vast amount of uninspired meals that call themselves dinner around here.
Now in my September Newsletter, I mentioned that I had received a lovely spoil from the sweetest folks over at Paperkutz. Arriving just in time to save the kiddos from another meal involving bolognaise; was Paperkutz’s new menu planning game Gooi & Enjoy™.
Says Paperkutz; “If you are tired of the same old meals, day in and day out and need a fun, easy way of menu planning which will shake up your cooking routine, then it’s time to play with Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice.” Clearly, they are mind readers.
The game comprises a set of dice designed to inspire creative meals using fresh South African ingredients. Each basic set of Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice consists of 9 laser engraved wooden 25x25mm dice. 5 basic dice with a cooking method, protein, carb, herb and bonus ingredient and 4 seasonal vegetable dice for spring, summer, autumn and winter. You place your chosen dice in the accompanying engraved enamel mug, give it a shake and as far as dinner is concerned, let the
chips dice fall where they may.
Now for me this meant spinach, cous cous, garlic, coriander, chicken and braai.
And then I cheated because this girl is not the kind of girl who lights a braai between homework time for a 9-year-old and bath time for a 4-year-old on a regular weekday evening. I flipped the braai dice to roast and ‘mystery basketed’ my dinner dice into a dinner plan.
I settled on making a spatchcock chicken smeared with a fresh coriander, garlic and lemon gremolata and served it with a spinach and tomato cous cous salad. If you are not sure how to spatchcock your own chicken, watch this quick little video tutorial from BBC Good Food. It really is easy to do and a great little trick to know.
This was the most fun I have had thinking up dinner in a long time. With Christmas starting to need some attention and our minds turning to thoughts of gifts already, I think this game could be a fun gift for both the friend that hates making dinner in general or for the one who leans toward adventure style dinner planning.
You can purchase Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice directly from the Paperkutz online store along with the rest of their awesome laser cut wooden range.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Paperkutz for sending me the Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice, R 100 Pick and Pay Voucher, personalised wooden spoon and spoon rest to enjoy. I was not asked to write a post on the game and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
- 250 ml (1 C) coriander, washed and dried
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 2 lemons
- 65 ml (¼ C) olive oil
- salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 spatchcock chicken.
- Chop the coriander until it is nearly finely chopped.
- Finely grate the garlic clove over the coriander.
- Grate the zest from the two lemons on top of the garlic.
- Continue to chop the coriander, mixing in the garlic and lemon as you go, until the coriander is chopped very fine.
- Place the chopped gremolata into a bowl and stir in the olive oil.
- Season to taste.
- Place the chicken in a roasting dish and smear the chicken with the gremolata and allow to stand for about 20 minutes.
- Roast the chicken in an oven preheated to 180˚C for 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.