“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – a quote by Julia Child
We love this quote as it sums up just about everything we believe in. Even if you are not a whizz in the kitchen it really doesn’t matter as long, as you start with fresh and good quality ingredients. A good mature steak doesn’t need to be smothered in a rich creamy sauce or marinated for weeks in some sticky marinade if it is of good quality.

It is always a real treat to be taken out to a fabulous restaurant and to eat beautifully presented delicious food which looks like a work of art.  We are so lucky to live close to a selection of world class restaurants with incredible views and culinary delights.  For most of us this is a rare treat. However, there is also nothing better than eating home-cooked nutritious and delicious dishes that you know are made with good ingredients. For us, we just adore comfort food that is simple and not complicated but tastes really homemade with the love and care it deserves.  Many of us don’t have the time or energy to cook so that is why Goodness Gracious’ remarkable freezer meals are here to help produce the goodness you need in a meal without being complicated!

This month, our dish of the month is Spinach & Ricotta Phyllo Pie – small size R120 (serves 2 but more like 3) – Deliciously light and crispy with a hint of mint, this vegetarian dish is full of goodness and even non- vegetarians will love it.  Ideal for a light lunch or supper served with a salad. If you want to really impress, you can decant the pie out of its container onto a board so it looks like you have made it yourself!

So if you are thinking “what should I have for supper?” or “ what am I going to serve our guests?” then stress not, as we are here to help ease that strain.  We have family favourites from LeekMushroom & Chicken Phyllo Pie to Spicy Lentil and Aubergine Moussaka. If you feel like a touch of heat try our Indonesian Pork Fillet with Lemongrass. Browse our website and have a look at the dishes we prepare. We are sure there will be something that will tickle your taste buds!
With Summer still here and sadly no sign of substantial rain, we are continuing our summer salads from our Summer Entertaining Menu. Idea for book club suppers, picnics or for easy entertaining.  How about our Oriental Chicken & Noodle Salad which serves 8-10 at R523 and is a meal in itself. Full of colour and crunch and not too rich.
As always it is nice to treat yourself to something a little naughty and chocolatey. We have two to tempt you – Our Decadent Chocolate Crunchy Torte or Chocolate & Nutty Caramel Bar (similar to millionaire’s shortbread) are very indulgent but why not? It’s nearly Easter after all! Just take it straight out of the freezer, slightly defrost and  cut into squares and serve with ice cream & berries.
Nicky always likes to support good products and a friend’s daughter, Jenny supplies these delicious affordable blueberries which come frozen but they are like fresh and keep their shape – R100 for a kilo of blueberries. Contact her on 083 538 2357 or order via Goodness Gracious.
Nicky and the Goodness Gracious team are always here to help and if you need some advice on menu planning then do get in touch. Nicky can be contacted on nicky@goodnessgracious.co.za or on her cell phone 082 780 4564.  We are a small business and whilst we keep stock, please try and give us as much notice as possible especially when it comes to large orders.

Until next time, happy eating!

From the Goodness Gracious Team