Siba’s Top Tips for the Perfect Family Gathering

Meet Siba Mtongana, a South African food writer and host of Siba’s Table – a brand new show on Food Network UK. We’ve gathered the best recipe tips from the first episode, Cape Town Catch Up for you to sink your teeth into ahead of the series premiere on air.

Perfect Asian Glazed Gammon: Siba’s glazed gammon is the perfect dish to wow the family but it’s really easy to make and if you follow her basic steps, it will make your life that little bit easier.

siba-asian-gammon Asian Glazed Gammon Recipe

  • Always score the gammon so the flavours of the glaze permeate the meat, but make sure you don’t cut too deeply.
  • Tie string around the joint so it keeps its shape.
  • Boil and simmer the gammon joint for 2 and a half hours and then cook in the oven with the glaze for a further 30 minutes. This will produce a lovely tender meat, with a crispy, sticky skin.

How to Make Ginger and Coriander Corn Salad: This colourful, warm salad is the perfect accompaniment to the glazed gammon and is also perfect cold the next day.

  corn-salad Ginger and Coriander Corn Salad Recipe

  • Do not overcook the vegetables as you still want them to have some crunch.
  • Make sure you save some ginger for the end of your preparation. Ginger tends to lose some of its flavour when cooked so having extra gives the salad an extra boost.

Delicious No-Cook Cheesecake: This no-mess cheesecake will always be a favourite amongst families and is really simple to make.

siba-Perfect-No-Cook-Cheesecake  Perfect No-Cook Cheesecake Recipe

  • When preparing the base you must make sure the digestives are fully covered with the melted butter as it isn’t being cooked you want the cheesecake to remain moist.
  • For the filling: Allows whip cream cheese before you add any other ingredients as this gets rid of any unwanted lumps.
  • You don’t need to add any sugar as the condensed milk is sweet enough.
  •  Do not over stir the mixture as you want a light and fluffy texture.
  •  Never use the white part of the lime as you don’t want your cheesecake to have an overly bitter taste.

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Lucy Vince


Digital intern at Food Network UK. Multimedia journalist specialising in broadcast, print and all things lifestyle.