The top 10 recipes you fell in love with in February 2023

By TASTE, 1 March 2023

The month of love may be over, but our love affair with food continues! We’ve rounded up the most popular recipes that we posted in February. From steak and chocolate cake for date night to speedy and great value recipes for dinners, here’s what the TASTE community were cooking last month.

10. Moist chocolate cake

Chocolate cake is always popular on our site, and it was this one by iconic food writer Dorah Sitole that got all the love last month. Just look at it! You can see how moist it is. It's topped with a decadent chocolate ganache to make it extra delicious.


Find the recipe for moist chocolate cake here. 

ALSO READ: The ultimate chocolate cake round-up

9. Bobotie

One thing we know to be true is that you love a proudly South African recipe! It's no surprise that bobotie made this list. This version is by much-loved cookbook author and TV cook Fatima Sydow. We asked her to share some of her most famous Cape Malay classics with us in a collection that we'll be posting through February and March – and yes, we're fairly sure there'll be more smash hits.


Find the recipe for bobotie here.

8. Mild hake curry with flatbreads and raita

In case you forgot, we have the WList great value hub on our site, which uses ingredients from Woolies' WList to create budget lunch and dinner recipes without compromising on taste or quality. This hake curry is one of the dinner recipes that comes in at under R50 per serving! Pair it with home-made flatbread or, if you're pressed for time, make fluffy long-grain rice instead.

Find the recipe for mild hake curry with flatbreads and raita here.

Check out the WList great value hub here. 

7. Butter chicken noodles

Whenever we post deputy food editor Khanya Mzongwana's butter chicken noodles, it's a hit. We suggested this dish for a solo Valentine's dinner, but we're sure that people made it regardless of their romantic status. It combines two classic dishes into one incredibly comforting meal. What's not to love?

butter chicken noodles

Find the recipe for butter chicken noodles here.

6. Oven-toasted ham and cheese sandwiches

For one of our Friday Food Fights on Instagram, we asked the TASTE community to tell us how they REALLY feel about toasties. We learnt that 53% of you prefer white bread, 76% believe lettuce on toasties is an abomination, and 91% feel that toasted cheese is the GOAT. No wonder so many of you flocked to this recipe by Phillippa Cheifitz. Bulk ham and cheese toasties for the win!

P.S. If you haven't tried our Friday Food Fights, you should! They're a lot of fun. They drop every Friday on our Instagram stories, after 4 pm.

Ham-and-cheese toasted sandwiches

Find the recipe for oven-toasted ham-and-cheese sandwiches here.

CHECK OUT: Toast recipe collection 

5. Sticky coconut chicken stir-fry with basil-miso vegetable noodles

Colourful, carb-concious and ready in just 35 minutes, this may be the perfect midweek meal! You have contributing food editor Hannah Lewry to thank for this one.

Find the recipe for sticky coconut chicken stir-fry with basil-miso vegetable noodles here.

4. The perfect burger patty

When we shared our burger recipe collection, this is the recipe that got the most clicks. Food director Abigail Donnelly's recipe for the perfect burger patty includes garlic, bread, onions and Worcester sauce. It makes a great base for building your perfect burger, no matter what toppings you like.

The perfect burger patty recipe

Find the recipe for the perfect burger patty here. 

ALSO READ: The burger recipe collection

3. Glazed marble cake

On Valentine's Day, we decided to gift the TASTE community a triple chocolate recipe and you clearly loved it. Abigail Donnelly decked out a chocolate cake (made using a box cake mix) with an easy marble chocolate glaze using white, milk and dark chocolate chips. This is an easy way to transform an ordinary-looking cake and impress your guests.

Find the for glazed marble cake here.

2. Air-fryer steak with café de Paris butter

We're not sure whether this recipe did well because you were all making steak for Valentine's Day, or because this recipe is made using an air-fryer. Whatever the reason, it piqued your interest enough to make it all the way to the number 2 spot on this list. FYI, the recipe also includes a guide on how to cook your steak perfectly in an air-fryer – thank us later!

Air fryer steak with café de Paris butter

Find the recipe for air-fryer steak with café de Paris butter here.

ALSO READ: I got an air-fryer and it did not change my life

1. One-pot chicken and rice

TV chef and TASTE content producer Clement Pedro hit it out of the park with this recipe. It hits all the right notes: it serves 6, comes in at under R45 per serving and is made using one pot. We're sure this will be one of your favourites from now on.

One-pot chicken and rice

Find the recipe for one-pot chicken and rice here.



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