22nd January 2021
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that everything we need to know in life, we can get from TikTok. Life is too short to be one of those people who thinks they’re too mature for TikTok. Spoiler alert – no one is too mature for TikTok! This time last year I too was in complete denial; I refused to download the app, thinking that I was too sophisticated for such a world of light-hearted videos. Then lockdown hit and overnight I became obsessed. You can get so many different things just from a 10-minute scroll on TikTok; conspiracy theories; cute dog videos; and even recipes! In fact, especially recipes – some of my go-to uni meals are from TikToks!
Here at LGSM we’ve compiled our favourite TikTok recipes to try out for your friends and family.
Not to be dramatic or anything, but this is literally my favourite meal at the moment. Based on a tutorial Gigi Hadid posted on her Instagram story, there are hundreds of tutorials for this creamy pasta dish on TikTok! The sauce – a spicy yet creamy sauce with parmesan – is so easy to make, and it only takes 15-20 minutes in total. Gigi pasta (as I call it) is the ultimate comfort food, but also makes an impressing meal if you’re cooking for other people, especially on a budget. I found this TikTok from @the_pastaqueen, the best for perfecting the dish.
This chocolatey dessert is practically magic! Based on a recipe from Heston Blumenthal, on @audreysaurus ‘s TikTok, all you need is chocolate, water and ice. I was amazed at how fluffy I managed to make the chocolate, literally just from whisking it for a few minutes. I don’t think you’ll find a cheaper dessert anywhere; I bought ASDA’s own baking chocolate, for around 60p and only used two rows of it. To achieve the silky/fluffy mousse texture, you just need to melt the chocolate in a bowl with a small amount of water, and then whisk over a water bath of ice. After a few hours in the fridge, your mousse will be thick, bubbly and surprisingly tasty!
Now this is a perfect midweek lunch, because you can literally whack anything in them (as long as you use cheese too!). I’ve seen these many times on my ‘For You Page’, and I practically lived on them when I had to isolate and all I had in the fridge was cheese and chorizo. My favourite combination is chorizo, cheese, onion and sweetcorn. I usually fry off the onions, chorizo and sweetcorn before spooning it onto the wraps which are in a frying pan with some preheated oil. Honestly, the result is cheesy heaven! If you’re feeling like less effort, you can just do ham and cheese, or perhaps go crazy and use leftovers from your flat Christmas dinner.
So I tried these one evening when the boredom of lockdown two was kicking in, and I just wanted to try something a little bit creative. They probably require a bit more effort than anything else on our list, but I promise you they are worth it! The recipe comes from @gabbaalicious on TikTok, who dreamt about these little rolls of joy. In the original recipe, Gabi uses Lotus spread, but I didn’t have that so the first time I made cinnamon buttercream (cinnamon, icing sugar and butter) and then Nutella the second time. These heavenly, crispy bites are perfect for breakfast or a late-night snack.
Here we are with another two-ingredient recipe, using just natural yoghurt and plain flour! This is a very messy recipe but so much fun, especially when you make it with your friends. It’s so student friendly, because there are of course only two ingredients, and they are both so cheap. They are perfect for if you’re fancying a ‘fakeaway’ and want to make your own Donner kebabs. The only thing I would warn you about is that you are literally kneading yoghurt for quite a while!
I hope you’re now feeling inspired to try out some TikTok recipes. If you’re ever feeling unmotivated, a quick scroll on TikTok will help to reignite your creativity and get you cooking again – you’re sure to find something new and delicious! Happy Scrolling!
To find out the best food and drinks that Liverpool has to offer, and tasty recipes, check out some of our other articles!
Feature image: screenshot from @gabbaalicious on TikTok