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.
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.
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…