Waterless cooking seems to be a reality which many Capetonians will be looking to with serious consideration as water restrictions have increased and the ominous “day Zero” edges ever closer.
With the help of some of the country’s renowned chefs and inspired by local initiatives to make people more water-conscious, South Africa’s dinner kit delivery service UCOOK has introduced a series of water-wise recipes to their list of DIY meals.
UCOOK acts as a cooking-mate to the inexperienced or busy bachelor, couple or family. It delivers fresh ingredients, or boxes, to your doorstep based on listed recipes which paying members can choose from on the UCOOK site.
“As a business based in the drought-stricken province, it’s been a top priority to not only limit our own water usage in food sourcing and preparation, but also to pass that sentiment onto consumers”, says UCOOK co-founder David Torr. “One litre of water saved in every kitchen is a litre towards making a big difference”.
As of Wednesday, 17th of January, the organisation will add one water-wise option to their existing boxes. Customers will find the water-wise meal alongside their other two selected meals as the initiative will run for a period of 3 weeks.
Waterless recipes featured include a mouth-watering grilled hake with soy, lime and chilli salsa, an afro-style Italian tagliata, an angelfish and carrot curry and a hearty roast chicken, crunchy kale and roast cauliflower dish.
The ingenuity of our chef line-up to eliminate water in their recipes has been part of a great learning curve,” says Torr. “We set out to find an interesting way to highlight water saving in an unusual part of the home, and our talented team of chefs have truly done that.”
UCOOK’s initiative is only one of the ways in which some Capetonians have decided to make a difference. With level 6 restrictions and a near-future of military controlled water pick-up points, every little bit helps.