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#TashaTests: Fast food done right –  quick and wholesome

Another Monday… Not to mention that we are well and truly into the second half of the year; you need a break and can be forgiven for struggling with the urge to just settle on fast food to feed your family when you get home from the office.

Well, here’s the great news: Two easy-peasy recipes to make your favourite takeout at home; save money and score some much needed family time and connection while you’re at it.

Top tip: Be sure to buy just enough of each of the ingredients to feed the family, you don’t want to waste food.



  • Beef patties (Buy ready- made from your butcher or make your own)
  • Bread rolls
  • Pineapple slices
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Cheese slices (Gouda or Cheddar)
  • Pink sauce (a delicious mix of tomato sauce, chutney and mayonnaise)
  • Bacon
  • Eggs


Grill the patties and bacon, while someone helps you by slicing the onions, pienapples, tomatoes, and cheese.

Prepare the eggs; this is the only bit of ‘hard’ work since you need to make the eggs according to preference, to make it really special and tasty for every member of your family. Butter the bread rolls and make the pink sauce.

Once everything is cooked and prepared the fun starts: Let each family member take a bun and build their own burger.


Homemade pizza


  • Pizza bases (Buy frozen bases or pizza dough from your local supermarket)
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Bacon bits
  • Ham Mince
  • Chicken breast
  • Mushrooms
  • Green peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Barbeque, sweet chilli or a spicy sauce; really any sauce you enjoy.
  • Cheese


Chop the toppings listed above into sizes you will enjoy on your pizza – the more rustic you want your pizza, the more generous you can generally be with your toppings.

Grill your chicken pieces with some salt and pepper to taste. Fry your mince in a separate pan with some mince spice and salt and pepper to taste. The bacon bits should be fried until nice and crispy.

Heat your oven to 220ºC.

The family fun (and less work for the cook) comes in with each person having their own pizza base and creating a pizza they love. Just make sure that each pizza has a layer of sauce to start off with and loads of cheese!

Bake your pizzas for 20 to 30 minutes; test that the bases are cooked all the way through before serving.

For a real treat add a dessert pizza (go crazy with sweeties and chocolate on left-over pizza dough) or homemade sundaes.

Or try this for dessert: Delicious Steri-Stumpie mousse



  • Neapolitan ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Astros or Smarties
  • Wafer biscuits


This one is easy just take a bowl and add whatever you want it’s Monday after all.

Words: Natassha Burrell


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