It’s fitting that musician-turned-cook Molly Yeh (pronounced “Yay”) lives in a place called Grand Forks. With her focus on comfort food, and hearty farm cooking with creative flair and inspiration from her Chinese-Jewish upbringing, she’s always serving something new to tempt the appetite. And it’s usually something you can make at home, with common ingredients and equipment.

Molly is no stranger to picky eaters and food intolerances thanks the varying demands of her extended family. So whoever you are and whatever you like, grab your fork and prepare to tuck in, because she’s back with a fifth season of her show, Girl Meets Farm, on DStv in May. We can expect invention, charming enthusiasm and, as always, sprinkles. “I want to create food that takes people to another country, another time, or tells a story about something. It’s about exploring new things, new flavours, flexing my creativity and just having fun, too,” says Molly.

Meet Molly

This season, Molly will be bringing her personal flair to feeding everyone from hungry farmers to her musician friends, her Chinese dad’s side of the family, her husband Nick’s sports-loving friends, and her little toddler, Bernie. Each episode includes a range of foods, so there’s something light, something healthy, something hearty and something sweet. The result is a menu to please all appetites and skill levels. “I just want people to relax and have fun and enjoy their time in the kitchen and not feel it's a chore,” says Molly.

Eat Molly

If you fall in love with Molly’s recipes, she’s always ready to share a bite, a step-by-step guide, and a recipe on her blog, and her colourful and inspiring Instagram. Food Network’s website also hosts Molly’s recipes (along with reviews and star ratings from people who’ve tried them) and videos. So if you’re drooling over those meatball-stuffed “biscuits” from episode 4’s big farmers’ lunch, for example, they have it. It’s a no nonsense presentation, and the recipe is front and centre so you don’t have to scroll down through personal anecdotes until your fingers bleed to find it.

Watch Girl Meets Farm S5 on Thursdays on Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:25

Now read on below for a banquet of viewing for grown-ups and kids on DStv…

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DStv fine dining menu: grown-ups table

Cocktail: Come Dine With Me South Africa  

Local hosts with “the most” prepare to wow their guests – three competitors who’re all also vying to throw the best-ever dinner party in each episode. It’s fizzy, it’s funny, it’s silly, and it’s a true taste of what’s really happening in South African kitchens (for better or worse. There have been some Bridget Jones-style blue soup moments). Notice something funny? Chances are that the series’ narrator Dave Lamb has spotted it too and has a witty quip about it. Get those glasses clinking.  
Watch S6 from Wednesday, 27 May on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:20


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Hors d'oeuvre: The Great Food Truck Race  

If you’re in the mood for something snacky and not terribly healthy, nip out for a little treat from the food truck. Seven teams of three people who want to run their own successful food truck business are on a city-to-city trip across the state of California (with a little dogleg to Nevada) cooking and looking (at the scenery) along the way. They’ll have to manage their menus and stay creative, even as host Tyler Florence pours on the challenges until the wheels fall off.  
Watch S12 on Tuesdays on Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:55 or binge it on Catch Up


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Entree: The Kitchen 

Imagine if you were hosting any event, from a simple picnic or a braai, to the holiday feast, and you could have the most famous TV chefs in the world agree on a menu, and each take on a dish to bring to the party. Welcome to The Kitchen, where the Food Network’s chefs prepare their specialties and new, inventive dishes in each themed episode. They also dish out prep tips, menu planning advice, and a little spice with trivia games. 
Watch S18 on Thursdays on Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:55


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Salad: Heerlik Halaal  

It’s time to savour some local flavour and what could be more refreshing than fresh nibbles that everyone can enjoy, from South African sisters Gadija Gamieldien and Mymoena Bey. They run the Cook Halaal website, which showcases authentic and fully tested halaal recipes from all over the world. The sisters have spent a lifetime in the kitchen under their mother’s eye and now in this series they’re branching out to learn from even more home cooks. In each episode, they’ll drop in at one of their fans whose recipe has caught their eye, for a hands-on shopping trip and how-to in the kitchen.  
Watch S2 on Thursdays on VIA (DStv 147) at 18:00 or binge it on Catch Up


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Main: Jan

This is the one dish people are talking about. The showstopper. Michelin-star chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen has cooked up a magnificent series that has critics not only raving about the exquisite food, but also drooling over the divine camerawork. It helps that the setting is his home and restaurant in Nice, France, with little roadtrips all over the French Riviera thrown in. As Jan takes viewers to meet his favourite artisanal food producers and specialists, we can only drool. But Jan is still close to his South African roots, which inspire him every day and often bring a special touch to his presentation and flavours.  
Watch S2 on Wednesdays on VIA (DStv 147) at 22:00, binge on Catch Up or watchfrom the very beginning on Showmax.


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Dessert: Chopped Sweets  

Snap out of your blissful food coma with something a little challenging as Scott Conant hosts this Chopped spin-off series that’s focussed on desserts. A group of chefs will each be given a mystery basket full of ingredients, some of which seem out of place, and they have to combine them all in one delicious treat… or they get the chop. This is one of those series that feeds the imagination as you try to work out how on earth they’re supposed to bring the likes of goat curry, or a roast pig’s head, or fish sauce into a dessert dish.
Watch S1 on Fridays on Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:00 on binge on Catch Up


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Coffee & cake: The Great British Bake Off  

And for something to leave you happy, relaxed and feeling that all is well with the world, you can’t beat finishing the menu with a visit to the Bake Off tent, in TV’s calmest, friendliest baking reality show. Hosts Noel and Sandi, and judges Prue and Paul, have a new group of bakers to put to the test and the flavours and challenges are going to raise eyebrows. From the mundane old figgy roll biscuit like you can buy at the shops, to Tudor-time treat Maids Of Honour, to Indian Mishti, and Sicilian Cassatelles, these amateur home bakers have to be up for anything. 
Watch S10 from Monday, 25 May on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00


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DStv fine dining menu: kids’ picnic

Kids Baking Championship  

Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli are judging the work of bakers who’re under 12 years old. They won’t be holding back on the challenges, though. A cookie cake might seem simple, but lookalike cakes that mimic lunch box regulars like carrot sticks, sandwiches and chicken nuggets? Good luck, kids. The winner will earn their parents a remodelled kitchen along with a cash prize, a magazine feature and Duff himself will re-create their cake to be sold as his bakery, Charm City Cakes. The cherry on the cake in this show is how friendly and helpful the contestants are to one another, and how kind but fair the judges are. 
Watch S4 on Fridays at 19:55 Food Network (DStv 175) or binge it on Catch Up


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MasterChef Junior USA

Many TV cooking reality fans prefer this version to the grown-up edition of the show. And it reveals a whole new side to “shouty chef” Gordon Ramsay, who’s the kindest, most supportive and reasonable man on the kitchen floor as he dries tears, de-stresses the mini-chefs, and shows them how to turn around their “failures” to save the day. In this season, the kids even get to cover the judges in whipped cream and chocolate sauce, and pasta sauce, too. It’s a nice break from constantly racing to beat the clock.  
Watch S7 from Friday, 22 May on Vuzu (DStv 116) at 19:00


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Food Network Star Kids

Actress Tia Mowry and food critic Donal Skehan are challenging young cooks, aged between 9 and 13, to compete for the grand prize of their own web series on Food Network’s site. It’s a triple challenge between kitchen precision, presenting flair and the clock ticking down. Aside from cooking, they’ll have to appear on real-life talkshows, live-stream tips as they are cooking, and shoot promotional footage for the show while they are shopping for ingredients. 
Watch S1 on Saturdays Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:00


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Chopped Junior 

In each episode of this inspiring cooking competition show, kids aged between 8 and 13 compete in challenges under the eye of host Ted Allen. As with the grown-up series, they’ll be presented with mystery baskets and have to make the ingredients work together to create delightful dishes. No recipes, just your home kitchen knowledge and your imagination. The contestants are smart, creative and confident, while the judges do their best to help with super cooking tips and hints as needed. 
Watch S9 on Saturdays on Food Network (DStv 175) at 18:10 or binge it on Catch Up


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Kids Sweets Showdown

Young bakers compete for a cash prize under the eyes of Alison Sweeney, Sharone Hakman and Harley Morenstein. There’s an emphasis on resting visually appealing and imaginative bakes, from cakes that look like trains, to jungle creatures, space aliens and under the sea friends. They’ll also have to take on the challenge of making their own jam and even donuts. After this the kids will be the most wanted party caterers at their schools! 
Watch S1 on Wednesdays on Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:55 


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Did you know you can binge-watch cooking shows on Showmax?

DStv Premium customers get Showmax for zero extra cost, and DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers pay only R49 per month. All you have to do is go to www.showmax.com, select ‘DStv customer’ and follow the steps.