Cooking for dummies: Easy microwave recipes to try now

Cooking for dummies: Easy microwave recipes to try now

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Text: Janice Sim

Image: Angel Hendrajaya

Even your mother and grandmother will be impressed by your breakfast, lunch, and dinner creations

"Your order has been placed. The estimated waiting time for your food to arrive is 30 to 35 minutes."

Sounds familiar? It's a snapshot of our everyday lives — zipping home in an Uber while ordering dinner via UberEats so it arrives at our doorstep the minute we get home. We've all got convenience down to a well-oiled formula (in this case, a quick scroll and tap). But the real reason why we're living like this? Some might blame lack of time, but if we're being honest, it all boils down to the fact that we crashed and burned in home economics class and can't cook to save our lives.

So we consulted our friends at Bosch Home Appliances, and they came up with a list of delectable breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes for the culinary-challenged. These are warm, homely dishes your grandmother would make in her heyday — and the best part of it all? They can all be cooked in a microwave, which means no fussing with a stove or trying our darnest not to burn our fingers. Hallelujah, we won't have to starve to death in the event of a tech catastrophe.

A sugar hit to start the day? Sign us up.

What you need:

300g Frozen Mixed Berries
300g Preserving Sugar

How to make it:

1.     Place the frozen berries in a glass dish. Add the preserving sugar and mix well.
2.     Put it in the microwave at 600 watts for 10 minutes.
3.     Remove the resulting foam and spread the jam on your toast.
4.     To store the rest of the remaining jam, pour into small clean jars while it's still hot. Seal at once.

Fruity Jams Breakfast Food Microwave Recipes

A healthy choice to compensate last night's McSpicy burger.

What you need:

1 medium Ovenproof Dish
2 Duck Breasts
2 sprigs of Fresh Mint
1 sprig of Fresh Coriander
2 tbspn Olive Oil
1 bunch Spring Onions
1 piece of Fresh Ginger
2 cloves of Garlic
5 tbspn Rice Vinegar
4 tbspn Roasted Sesame Oil
3 tbspn Sunflower Oil
30g Peanuts, chopped
A pinch of Salt
A pinch of Black Pepper
A pinch of Sugar

How to make it:

1.     Rinse the duck breast under cold water, pat dry and remove the skin. Rinse the herbs and shake dry.
2.     Remove the leaves, chop roughly and mix with olive oil. Brush the duck breasts with this mixture, place in the baking dish and cook in the microwave at 600 watts for 7 minutes.
3.     Allow the duck breasts to cool down slightly and cut diagonally into thin slices.
4.     Wash the spring onions, pat dry and cut diagonally into fine slices. Mix everything with vinegar, soy sauce, sesame and sunflower oil, before pouring it over the duck breasts.
5.     Season the salad with salt, pepper and sugar and sprinkle with chopped peanuts to serve.

Duck Breast Salad Lunch Microwave Recipes Food

Contrary to popular belief, this Italian perennial favourite shouldn't come from MSG-loaded packets.

What you will need:

1 deep medium-sized Glass Dish with lid
1 small Onion
250g Button Mushrooms
150ml White Wine
300g Risotto Rice
400ml Meat Stock
A pinch of Pepper
1 tpsn Herb-flavoured Salt
40g Parmesan
50g Butter

How to make it:

1.     Peel the onion and chop finely. Chop the button mushrooms finely as well.
2.     Cover with the lid and cook it in the microwave at 600 watts for 7 minutes.
3.     After which, add all the other ingredients apart from the cheese and butter to the deep baking dish. Cook in the microwave at 180 watts for 30 minutes.
4.     Then, stir the butter and grated cheese into the mixture. Cover, and leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Mushroom Risotto Dinner Food Microwave Recipes

How to get your friends to worship you? Tell them you're serving this for dessert.

What you will need:

1 large Glass Dish with lid
350ml Cream
150ml Milk
100g Espresso beans
1 Lemon Peel, grated
1 Vanilla Pod
75g Sugar
1 packet Gelatine Powder

How to make it:

1.     Mix cream and milk with the ungrounded beans and allow to infuse for 12 hours in the refrigerator.
2.     Pour the creamy mixture through a sieve into the glass dish. Add the grated lemon peel. Cut open the vanilla pod and scrape out the pulp. Add it to the cream with sugar before covering with the lid and popping it into the microwave at 900 watts for 6 minutes.
3.     Leave the gelatine to soften in cold water for 5 minutes and drain. Disoolve in the cream mixture while it's still hot.
4.     Place the glass dish with the mixture in a cold water bath. Once the panna cotta has cooled down, pour into separate glass dishes and put it in the refrigerator to chill for an hour. Panna Cotta Dessert Food Microwave Recipes

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