The wonderful thing about this time of the year is the great variety of produce you can get from the market. I go to a nearby shop and buy stuff to get home. On the days where I’m working from home are the best days to experiment. I cook breakfast, lunch, sometimes desert, and even dinner if I’m staying home at night.
I recently received a bunch of basil. The most obvious thing to do is pesto. The first thing to do with pesto is add it to pasta. Then adding cheese. But what’s not so usual is roasting vine tomatoes and adding them to the dish. And that’s what I did. Pretty Genius, no? *pulling a Kanye moment* Continue reading
Warning: Existential breakdown ahead.
How do people get famous? What makes them known for what they’re good at, or just for what they do? What’s the formula that makes people popular? Is there such a thing?
Recently the thought struck me as I was watching a video of a piano player playing pieces from notable classical composers chronologically. For each period of time, there is a well-known composer you can attribute to when he was active and his work reigned.
This is the third post in the Kitchen Basics Series. I started by introducing kitchen equipments one would need in the kitchen, then I listed a few ingredients that you need to have to get the cooking in your kitchen started. In this installment of posts, I’ll list a few skills and recipes that you need to learn by heart.
First thing, you need to know your knife. Get a knife. Call it your own. Get acquainted with it. It will be your friend in the kitchen and almost everything you need to prepare will require a knife at least once. You do not want fingers covered in cuts, like mine. At the beginning, when the knife I used wasn’t mine, I would get a cut (or many) on my index finger when I’d get under a little pressure.
Slice: the process of cutting something into thin pieces of equal thickness
Julienne: cutting something into matchstick shapes
Dice: cutting something into cubes
Chop: cutting something into small pieces, smaller than dicing
Mince: cutting something into small pieces, smaller than chopping
Interesting links to look at:
How To Cut Carrots: 4 Basic Cuts
How To Chop, Dice, and Mince an Onion Continue reading
In the previous post, I’ve covered the basic kitchen equipment needed to start making magic in the kitchen. After setting a kitchen up, you need to have some basic spices, condiments, and ingredients that are necessary for making some simple recipes.
I have included at the end of the post a simple salad recipe that is so fresh and full of flavor, you won’t stop eating until you’ve finished the whole bowl!
New to the kitchen?
Jealous of all the delicious things you see online and you want to make them too?
Here is a list of things your kitchen should have to be able to cook basic food:
Stovetop and Oven
Obviously! Unless you are into rubbing two stones over a stack of hay , or have a wood-fired stove in your backyard (which would be excellent TBH)
And oven obviously for cakes and casseroles first!
You’ll also need casserole dish, baking sheet, and cake pans