5 Aromatic Dishes to Try for Your Dinner Party

One of the best scent experiences happens when you walk into a home where the kitchen has been in full use — dinner’s almost ready and the aromas of the ingredients are lingering in every corner of the house. You’re hungry and ready to eat! I love hosting family and friends, and whether you're feeling Cuban cuisine or Indian, aroma plays a vital part in your night. The right aroma will ignite expectations for the rest of the meal.

Cooking is a form of art and a way to touch people's souls. Many express their love and gratitude through food, so it’s no surprise that connecting to the senses is essential. Taste, smell, and texture each play pivotal roles in completing the experience.

This chart will help you with the aromas of classic cultural flavor combinations and below are a few of my favorite recipes.

Aromatic Chicken Curry

The combination of cinnamon, creamed coconut, and curry spices delight your nose, inviting you to taste the rich flavors of the dish.

Caprese Salad with Smoked Sea Salt and Peaches

Open the palate through a basil-inspired dish with a peachy twist! Cover the peaches in a little sugar and butter, then caramelize.

Lebanese Stuffed Bell Peppers with Labneh

This Middle Eastern dish is all about the seven spices. Combine black pepper, cumin, paprika, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom together until evenly blended.

Pesto di Ortica (Nettle Pesto)

Own your pesto sauce in a few simple steps and use trout, salmon, or chicken to bring this condiment to life!

Rich Braised Beef with Melting Onions

Slow-cook the meat in a beef stock with onions, mushrooms, and a few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.

After dinner, I like to offer my guests tea or coffee, and I light a candle as I get a few sweet bites together for dessert. My go-tos are lavender sage or cinnamon spice from Get Wickd — these aromas are the perfect transition from a lively meal to a relaxing atmosphere. The meal is complete, so its aroma should also fade away. Remember, the way to your friends’ hearts is through their stomachs, and their noses are the gateway to their appetites!

35 Tasty Pantry Recipes That Make the Most of Ingredients You Already Have at Home

Raid your pantry for plenty of inspired and flavor-packed family dinners.

We've all had those days where we couldn't find the time to grocery shop. But don't let that get in the way of dinner! With these delicious pantry recipes, you can easily make the most of your stocked shelves, freezer stash, and the veggies already in your fridge to make a tasty meal for the whole family.

We've gathered our favorite meals that take advantage of what's likely already in your pantry for interesting and flavor-packed meals. From crowd-pleasing pasta dishes to cheesy polenta, the grain possibilities are endless as a base for a family meal. Plus, if you're on a budget, inexpensive pantry meals are the perfect addition to your weeknight dinner routine.

From tuna recipes to plenty of bean recipes, you're sure to be armed with delicious dinners, no matter the occasion. Your pantry is a great resource to get dinner on the table fast!


Do you spend your Sunday's doing meal prep for the week? Turkey Rice Salad is easy-to-make and super tasty for.

Healthy oat waffles – Soft and delightfully fluffy

The perfect recipe to get the kids involved in the kitchen if they love experimenting with recipes.

Thai Chicken – Light and health-conscious deliciousness

We're always on the lookout for food that's not only tasty, but healthy and is cooked in no-time. Our Thai.

Grilled Pesto Salmon – Flavours that will make your taste buds sing

Looking for a quick and easy midweek meal loaded with taste and goodness? Look no further than this grilled pesto.

Zucchini Oats – Breakfast, perfect for your healthy lifestyle

Are you looking for a low calorie, healthy and tasty way to start your morning? A bowl of Zucchini Oats.

Kale and honey smoothie – Buzz with energy on a busy day

Feeling sluggish? This green smoothie will remove any trace of heaviness and give you all the vitality you need for.

Frozen banana sticks – Crunchy breakfast treat

These frozen banana popsicles can easily be mistaken for ice cream but they are just so much healthier.

Gingerbread Muffins with Lemon Glaze – Super moist and tasty

If you are looking for a rich, tasty winter snack, these spicy-flavoured muffins are just the right treat.

Zoey’s Chilli Chicken Potjie – Festivity in one delicious potjie

The power of this dish is without a doubt the chilli giving this potjie a feisty kick.

Amarula Caramel Popcorn – Indulge in a South African flavoured snack

This tasty bite is just what you need to snack on for your binge movie or series watching during the.

Apple Tart Tatin with Vanilla Pap – A dessert fit for presidents

This creatively delicious recipe combines traditional South African maize meal pap with tart apples caramelised to a sweet delicacy.

Jenny Morris’ Ancient Grain salad – Add a splash of colour to mealtimes

A delicious earthy, nutty flavoured ancient grain salad just perfect for the winter season.

Wholewheat spaghetti with mushrooms, kale and hazelnuts

Enjoy this flavour packed dish any weeknight that you are short on time for meal preparation.

Malva pudding served with orange-scented custard

Rich, decadent South African dessert consisting of a moist and fluffy apricot-flavoured cake soaked in a creamy caramelised syrup.

Sweet potato frittata with red onion and button mushrooms

Perfect for those busy nights when you barely have time for cooking but don’t want to compromise on taste.

Lentil and lamb soup – Comfort food to combat the cold

Warm up on the chilliest of days with lentil and lamb soup and fill your home with the inviting flavour.

Homemade Marie Biscuits – Freshly baked from your own oven

Melt-in-your-mouth homemade Marie Biscuits that taste just like the original ones.

Louw’s Lamb Shank Potjie – Warm up around South African potjiekos

Enjoy a sense of camaraderie with your family and friends as you sit around a campfire inhaling the aroma of.

Oriental Mushroom Tacos – Fusion match made in heaven

We've been putting food between pieces of some sort of bread for thousands of years. Oriental Mushroom Tacos are a.

Focaccia Bread with mushroom, garlic and rosemary

Fill your kitchen with the heavenly smell of freshly baked focaccia bread. It’s hard to resist and so addictive!

Do you have a winning potjiekos recipe? R1000 up for grabs!

Light a fire, grab your apron and get your potjie cooking. Show us your best shot at the ultimate potjiekos.

Crustless Quiche with Caramelised Onion, Mushroom and Mascarpone

Make breakfast time special this week with this quiche recipe and get all the fuel you need for an action-packed.

Mushroom, Aubergine & Cheese Quesadillas – Snack-time is here

Are you on the look-out for more vegetarian dishes for your next dinner party or braai platter? Try our Mushroom.

Chocolate & Chia Seed Pudding – No-guilt Mother’s Day pudding

Give mom the best food gift possible. Chocolate & Chia Seed Pudding is not only tasty, but low calorie and.

Mother’s Day Treat: Prepare a three-course meal to spoil Mum

With the change of season, we have selected a combination of dishes that will make Mum feel warm and cosy.

Flourless apple bread – Moist and delicious

The moment you pop this apple cinnamony flavoured bread into the oven, the delicious smell of winter baking will engulf.

Ostrich Burgers with Yoghurt Dip – Lean and mean health cuisine

Ostrich Burgers with Yoghurt Dip are not only healthy, but very tasty and perfect if you're counting your daily calories.

Baby potato bake with mushroom, broccolini and garlic butter

If you are inviting Mum over for a braai on Mother’s Day, surprise her with this side dish. She will.

Veggie Brekkie Bake – Give mom the best start this Mother’s Day

Give mom the best start to Mother's Day with the Veggie Brekkie Bake and a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Five of the best Mother’s Day recipes to prepare for Mum

We have compiled a list of delicious Mother's Day recipes Mum would love first thing in the morning.

Broccoli and cottage cheese soup – Creamy and tasty

Snuggle up on your couch with a blanket in front of a crackling fire and a bowl of this creamy.

Mushroom & Bacon Salsa stuffed Avocado – Breakfast is served

Mother's Day is here and what better way to start the day with than breakfast in bed in the form.

Sam Linsell’s Beef Bourguignon paired with Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

With the onslaught of cold weather that is about to hit the country, prepare yourself with this beef Bourguignon recipe.

Boerewors Stuffed Mushrooms – Tastes like a hug from Mum

Have a happy Mother's Day with Boerewors Stuffed Mushrooms and the most important person in your life. Perfect for the.

Fruity nachos – Fresh and tasty start to your day

This Fruity Nachos recipe has been categorised as a breakfast, but you may even be tempted to enjoy it as.

Mushroom and Cheese Soufflé Toast – Kid-approved Mother’s Day recipe

This savoury bite is a delicious breakfast to serve Mum in bed. Soufflé is light and fluffy and pairs excellently.

Mushroom, halloumi and yellow pepper skewers with mint salsa verde

These skewers are a tasty combination easy to prepare. When dipped in the salsa verde it is a taste sensation.

Slow-Cooked Oxtail Stew – Rich and fall-of-the-bone tender

If you have never prepared oxtail stew, make sure you try it this autumn or winter season. You will be.

Easy Gingerbread Cookies – Best dippable teatime bites

Super addictive, spicy and sweet at the same time. It's simply impossible to stop after tasting one.

South African themed recipe competition: And we have a winner!

The recipe that captured our readers.

Creamy Lasagne – The ultimate family dinner

With the weather in South African cooling down significantly, this creamy lasagne is the perfect comfort meal to serve to.

No-Bake Fridge Milk Tart – Indulge in South African tradition

This all-time favourite dessert or tea-time snack is entrenched in South African culture.

Butter Shortbread Biscuits – Supernaturally delicious

Are you planning a big sweet snack table? Our Butter Shortbread Biscuits are so good, they taste supernatural.

Roasted Butternut and Feta Salad – A definite hit at your next braai

This colourful salad will certainly catch every eye at your next braai. Since the butternut is roasted, this salad is.

Traditional Bobotie – For the love of South African food

South African best-selling cookbook author and chef Cass Abrahams shares her recipe for bobotie.

Marie Biscuit Fudge – The ultimate sweet treat

This decadent Marie Biscuit Fudge treat is so indulgent for young and old that it will disappear almost quicker than.

Easy Potato Bake – Creamy and cheesy side dish

A potato bake elevates any meal as it complements the main dish. Whether you serve it at a braai or.

Four of the best traditional South African braai side dishes

Selecting the correct combination of side dishes will make the aromatic meat taste even better! We have compiled a list.

Succulent pork chops with pork rind crumble – Tasty weekend meal

Wondering what you can prepare with your pork chops sizzling in the oven? This recipe includes two delicious side dishes.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse – Silky-smooth chocolate indulgence

This chocolaty creamy dessert tastes so decadent that you may feel guilty for indulging but the best part is that.

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19 Let's Talk Desert: 4-Minute Chocolate Mousse

Let's face it: Chocolate is the best thing in the world next to hot showers and sheets fresh out of the dryer. The only thing better than chocolate itself is a four-minute chocolate mousse. Not only is this recipe quick, but it's absolutely divine. The first attempt will likely take you just over four minutes but come on. A dessert in ten minutes or less? Sign us up! This recipe incorporates 70% (at least) dark chocolate and double cream whipped together to create the most luxurious mousse you've ever had. For those who aren't comfortable with baking and can't be bothered to spend hours mixing and measuring, this recipe was tailor-made for you.

Though they're quite irresistible right out of the oven, these moist and juicy drumsticks (with a slight kick) are perfect picnic food, since they're also terrific cold or at room temperature.

Some old chicken drumstick recipes really still stand up. Breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, and oregano combined with plenty of butter make for a delicious chicken dinner.

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Gordon Ramsay Recipes

We’ve got lots of quick and easy Gordon Ramsay recipes to try at home including some of his restaurant favourites. There are delicious chicken recipes for weeknights and relaxed Sundays, several yummy ways with beef and a number of fish recipes. Try our simple picks from chef Gordon Ramsay including healthy recipes, roast dinner recipes and breakfast recipes. You’re going to be spoilt for choice…

Gordon Ramsay's Black Forest cake

Gordon Ramsay's Black Forest cake. Find out more recipes at www.goodtoknow.co.uk

Gordon Ramsay's herb omelette

Quick, healthy and incredibly easy - top chef Gordon Ramsay's herb omelette is the perfect veggie lunchtime treat.

Gordon Ramsay's Brussels sprouts with pancetta

This Gordon Ramsay's Brussels sprouts with pancetta recipe is a winner. No Christmas dinner is complete without sprouts, even the kids will approve

Gordon Ramsay's roast beef fillet

Gordon Ramsay's roasted beef fillet is a delicious, succulent recipe that is easy to make and can be on the table in only 50 mins

Gordon Ramsay's chocolate doughnuts

Make perfect doughnuts at home with this malt chocolate dought recipe by Gordon Ramsay from show Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course

Gordon Ramsay’s beef Wellington

Gordon Ramsay's beef Wellington recipe looks so impressive but takes just 20 minutes to prepare, made with beef fillet, mushrooms and ready-made pastry.

Gordon Ramsay's butter chicken

Gordon Ramsay's butter chicken recipe is so easy to make at home and tastes delicious too. It includes a butter chicken sauce and spice rub for the chicken.

Gordon Ramsay’s mint chocolate truffles

Learn how to make Gordon Ramsay’s chocolate truffles with this easy recipe. Gordon Ramsay's mint chocolate truffles are perfect for Christmas

Gordon Ramsay's easy vegetable curry recipe

Gordon Ramsay's easy vegetable curry recipe is perfect for vegetarians. It's packed full of delicious veggies with plenty of flavour too thanks to the chilli, cardamom and curry paste

Gordon Ramsay's chocolate crepes

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's chocolate crepes with Chantilly cream from the F Word

Gordon Ramsay's roast turkey with lemon, parsley and garlic

Gordon Ramsay's roast turkey recipe is a Christmas favourite. This delicious, easy to make turkey is flavoured with lemon, parsley and garlic

Gordon Ramsay's pumpkin soup with wild mushrooms

Gordon says: 'I adore this smooth, velvety soup. For a touch of luxury, I’m adding wild mushrooms – their warm, earthy flavour complements sweet, nutty pumpkin beautifully.'

Gordon Ramsay's cream of cauliflower soup

Gordon Ramsay's cream of cauliflower soup is a creamy and comforting soup. As a starter to a three-course Christmas menu, you only need a small portion

Gordon Ramsay's honey-glazed carrots and parsnips

Gordon Ramsay's honey-glazed carrots and parsnips recipe is one of our favourite ways to cook carrots and parsnips. The ideal side for Christmas roast dinner

Gordon Ramsay's roast potatoes with chilli and turmeric

Learn how to make your roast potatoes nice and crispy with Gordon Ramsay's recipe. The chilli and turmeric give the potatoes a little kick

Gordon Ramsay's honey glazed ham

Gordon Ramsay's honey glazed ham recipe is a great staple as it can be served hot or cold. Whether served as a Christmas ham or Sunday lunch it's delicious!

Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs and smoked salmon croissants

Indulge this Christmas with Gordon Ramsay's luxurious take on an old classic. This scrambled aggs and smoked salmon tastes simply delicious and is sure to impress your guests

Gordon Ramsay's farfalle with bacon, peas and sage

www.goodtoknow.co.uk has lots of quick and easy food recipes like Gordon Ramsay's farfalle with bacon, peas and sage. Find out more recipes at www.goodtoknow.co.uk

Gordon Ramsay's artichoke, asparagus and ham quiche

www.goodtoknow.co.uk has lots of quick and easy food recipes like Gordon Ramsay's artichoke, asparagus and ham quiche. Find out more recipes at www.goodtoknow.co.uk

Gordon Ramsay's chickpea samosas

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's chickpea samosas from the F Word

Gordon Ramsay's mushroom polenta

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's mushroom polenta from the F Word TV show. Try Gordon Ramsay's Italian version of mushroom on toast. A great recipe for lunch, or a dinner-party starter

Gordon Ramsay's spicy prawn pakoras

Gordon Ramsay's version of spicy prawn pakoras, from his book accompanying the Channel 4 show Gordon's Great Escape, is perfect for Indian-themed parties and they're easy too

Gordon Ramsay's clementine, star anise and ricotta cake

Gordon Ramsay's clementine, star anise and ricotta cake

Gordon Ramsay's spiced tomato and coconut soup

Gordon Ramsay's version of a spicy South Indian tomato soup, from his book accompanying the Channel 4 series, Gordon's Great Escape

Gordon Ramsay's vegetable pilau rice

This is the celeb chef's version of the classic Indian takeaway favourite, vegetable pilau rice, from the Channel 4 series Gordon's Great Escape

Our Best Date-Night Recipes for Two

There are plenty of recipes worthy of a special occasion like a date night at home, but most are designed to serve at least four people. While that's not always an issue&mdashwho doesn't want a lovely leftover meal for lunch or dinner?&mdashthere are some times when a home cook may not want the excess ingredients or food on hand. When that's the case, these recipes for two are exactly what you need.

This collection of two-serving recipes includes cocktails and appetizers to start the night off, several main courses and exciting side dishes to enjoy them with, and a spectacular dessert for a sweet finish. Start with a sip of our very romantic Pink Gin Martini&mdashits rose-colored hue speaks Valentine's Day, thanks to the inclusion of cherry kirsch. Looking for a drink that offers a little more kick? Try our recipe for a Habanero-Hibiscus Sour a sweet simple syrup made with habanero chiles and dried hibiscus flowers creates a bouquet of flavor.

When it comes to the main course, nothing says a special date night dinner like a juicy steak served with roasted vegetables or a crisp salad. We have plenty of recipes including a dressed-up Rib-Eye with Jalapeño Butter, as well as a more classic Flat-Iron Steak au Poivre. Serve either with this next-level Radicchio Salad with Chopped-Lemon Dressing. Finish the meal off with rich and decadent Chocolate-Mousse Parfaits. They're topped with a lightly sweetened whipped cream and crushed spice cookies (yet another reason to dig in).

Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, Valentine's Day, or just spending some quality time with your partner, these recipes for two are worthy of romantic dinner any night of the week.

10. Cheese Soufflé

Like Audrey Hepburn's culinary school instructor in Sabrina puts it: "The soufflé it must be gay, gay, gay. Like two butterflies dancing the waltz in the summer breeze." Doesn't it make you want to channel your inner French chef?

What to drink: Both a red Beaujolais and a white riesling would work.

For dessert: Some salted butter caramels. Find the recipe here.

5 Ridiculously Easy Gourmet Dinner Recipes

Gourmet dinners don't have to be complicated -- in fact, sometimes simple is best!

Inspired by one of the most popular Cooking Light chicken recipes, this dish is full of flavor and and incredibly easy to prepare. The chicken is first seasoned with garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika and then broiled with a sweet and tangy honey glaze. GET THE RECIPE

In this easy and elegant dish, salmon fillets are dusted with a Southwestern spice rub, and then broiled and glazed with maple syrup. The spices create a delicious top crust and add a hint of heat and bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the syrup and pineapple salsa.

This is one of my go-to recipes when I have to hit the kitchen running. It takes just 20 minutes to make, I always have all of the ingredients on hand, the kids love it as much as I do, and there's barely any clean-up! I like to serve it over pasta or with a lightly toasted baguette for mopping up all of the garlic-butter sauce. It also makes a fabulous appetizer for a party -- just keep the tails on and serve with plenty of napkins. GET THE RECIPE

Flat iron steak is one of my favorite cuts of beef for home cooking. It's similar to flank or skirt steak, only much more tender -- in fact, after the tenderloin, it's the second most tender cut. Here, I've broiled it and topped it with a rich Asian-style brown sauce. With buttered rice and a steamed vegetable, it's an easy and elegant dinner that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

Crab cakes are a high-priced menu item at many restaurants, but they're often loaded with filler. These Maryland-style crab cakes are made with lump crab meat and just enough filler to bind the cakes together -- and they're incredibly easy to make. GET THE RECIPE

This is an easy and incredibly flavorful way to prepare boneless skinless chicken breasts. I can't claim it's authentic, but the spices -- an aromatic blend of cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, paprika and coriander -- make it taste decidedly Moroccan, and it also goes wonderfully with couscous. The best part is that it only takes minutes to prepare, and there's barely any clean up. GET THE RECIPE

A specialty of Argentina, chimichurri is a tangy, zesty condiment traditionally served with grilled meats. Emerald in color and packed with loads of fresh herbs, olive oil, vinegar and garlic, it's like a cross between vinaigrette and pesto. This version -- made from a fragrant blend of parsley, mint and cilantro -- pairs beautifully with spice-rubbed beef tenderloin filets. It's a nice recipe for entertaining because it's impressive, yet easy to make you can have the entire dish on the table, start to finish, in about 30 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

Pulled Pork Recipes for Every Occasion This Season

If you ask any pitmaster, they're likely to agree that the key to perfect pulled pork has a lot to do with how long the meat has been cooking. Unlike quickly searing a steak or some shrimp, cooking a pork shoulder on low for hours allows the moisture and flavors of the meat to be sealed inside. This pulled pork recipe recipe mimics the 'low and slow' method, and the juicy result is certainly worth it. It's tender, soft, and melts in your mouth. Even better news? You've probably got most of the ingredients you need to make this exceptional pulled pork already in your pantry or fridge &ndash now all you need is a great pork shoulder. This simple recipe calls for a few sweet onions, some seasoning blend, chicken broth, salt, and a tenderloin. That's it. Give the pork between eight to ten hours in your slow cooker, and it will be fork tender and ready to shred by dinner time. Plus, it'll fill your house with a mouth-watering aroma.

Pulled pork is a regional classic, and we believe that all Southerners should be able to make it. This slow cooker pulled pork is a great foundation for both amateur and seasoned cooks, and doesn't take much time to prepare in advance. When it comes to seasoning the meat, we recommend a spice blend of garlic powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper. You can often find this already blended in the spice aisle of your local grocery store, but don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients if you've already got them all on hand. We tested this recipe with McCormick Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasoning, but try swapping in your favorite pork rub if desired. If you'd rather not serve this great pork dinner recipe as a main dish, it can easily be subbed into many of your other favorite recipes. Try making Pulled Pork Nachos for game day or as a Friday night family dinner treat. Or, whip up some Pork Noodle Bowls as a cozy dinner recipe on cold evenings. We also love topping this juicy pork with our favorite local barbecue sauces &ndash like Alabama white sauce &ndash and serving as a pulled pork sandwich next to some creamy potato salad and a cup of banana pudding. If you're looking to share this recipe with friends, we definitely recommend preparing 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for your next potluck or church gathering you'll have everyone asking for the recipe.

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