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Adding a touch of craft to your menu means innovating on traditional meals to produce unusual and exotic flavours that enliven the palate and excite the diner. And if there is one way to add your unique twist to a classic dish, it’s by offering some delicious, modern sides. Here, we offer a few inspirational ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

SAVOURY RICE

Who doesn’t love rice? It’s kind of the perfect partner: it’s easy-going, flexible and is willing to wingman any kind of food you throw at it. Rice is also super versatile and you can dress it up in any way you like. Heck, you can even make rice into a dessert! Here are a few ideas to give you inspiration:

Citrus Rice
Bright, happy and fresh, your diners will adore rice flavoured with citrus! Pair with fish or chicken for a winning combination. Simply cook your rice in a combination of soy sauce, chicken broth and orange juice and when cooked toss with sliced green onions and sliced almonds. Experiment with different flavour options to find your favourite!

Mexican Rice
This creamy rice is the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican meal. Think of cooking your rice in chicken stock, butter, cumin and then stirring in salsa and avocado. View rice as an empty canvas and your ingredients as the paint, and then get creative.

Coriander Lime Rice
Another delicious version of a favourite staple, this rice can even be used as a base of a burrito! Why not try mixing cooked onions with jasmine rice and then mixing the cooked rice with generous amounts of coriander and lime juice? Delicious!

VEGETABLE FRIES

Who gave potatoes the monopoly on fries? Nope, you can make some seriously delicious fries from a range of vegetables. Check this out:

Baked Asparagus Fries

Baked Asparagus Fries

A healthy and delicious take on French fries − and who would expect you to use asparagus? Think Panko and Parmesan cheese for a wonderfully crisp and golden brown batter.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini

Baked Parmesan Zucchini

This is healthy, nutritious and the perfect alternative to potato wedges! Add flavour with a selection of your favourite herbs, bake in oven and then sprinkle with a healthy helping of Parmesan cheese! Yum!

Garlic Roasted Root Vegetable Fries

Garlic Roasted Root Vegetable Fries

Move over potatoes − these fries are the real deal! Choose your favourite selection of root veggies (think carrots, beetroot, parsnips), toss in duck fat (oh, behave!) and bake!