I am so excited to share Drunk and Hungry, my first e-cookbook. It is now available at an introductory price of R99 and you can CLICK HERE to purchase your copy. And to my delight, only a week after publishing, Drunk and Hungry was announced the South Africa Winner in the 2021 Gourmand Cookbook Awards. It will compete against 10 other international winners for the title Best in the World to be announced at the Wolrd Cookbook Fair in June 20201.
As the title states, the book consists of easy and flavourful recipes for when you find yourself drunk, and hungry. Savoury, sweet, vegan, vegetarian, bacon, cheese, spice, and carbs are packed into 15 recipes to satisfy your hunger while tantalising your tastebuds.
I have two distinct memories from my last trip to New York, just before 2020 arrived in all its might. One memory was discovering the most delicious (and cheap) scallion pancakes at Vanessa’s Dumplings on a walking food tour through Chinatown and the second a painted menu outside a restaurant with the words Drunk and Hungry Noodles.
We were walking in Brooklyn a few days after Christmas, wrapped up in coats, scarves, and beanies when I saw the menu. My immediate thought was that it must be so delicious on a chilly day, drunk or not. We went back to Vanessa’s a few times for more pancakes but we never went for noodles and sadly I will probably never find the place again. But the thought of those noodles stayed with me until I arrived back in Cape Town and I have made a few versions of what I think Drunk and Hungry Noodles should be.
Somewhere along the way, the idea for a recipe book popped up. Easy and quick recipes that you can make when you get home from after-work drinks. (I am referring to the days we still went to the office and met for drinks after work but we have to believe those days will come again). Or when friends are over for a glass of wine and before you know it, two bottles are empty and everyone is hungry. Take out is an option but invariably arrives late and cold.
So Drunk and Hungry aims to provide ideas and inspiration for quick and easy meals, whether you have friends over or just you on your own. With or without a glass of wine. Some recipes are more healthy than others, a few you can make in the time it takes to scroll through an online menu, a few take a bit longer but all 15 of them are packed with flavour. Cheers!
All the images in the book were shot on backgrounds from my newly launched Heinstirred Collection, available for sale online at shop.heinstirred.com. Do you have a look around, your favourite new surface may just be a click away. And as always, if you’ve made one of the recipes share it with me by tagging @heinstirred on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #heinstirred. It is always a treat to see the recipes made and enjoyed.