Crafty ways to cook like a chef
Eating out at a restaurant where the chef is amazing and the food is great, is a wonderful experience. Who does not like to be wined and dined? Unfortunately these types of outings become expensive after a while. Many chef cookbooks are also written for chefs by chefs. They have their own chef’s language. I am still trying out figure out what some of the words mean. Don’t get discouraged though. You can enjoy restaurant quality meals in the comfort of your own home.
All you really need is a good set of recipes and a period of trial and error. Before you know it, you can buy yourself a white apron and chef’s your name. There are times when you need to invest in some kitchen equipment but usually you can create these meals without the fancy equipment. All you need is some creativity and time. So let’s get right to business. Here are some things you can do to become a better cook at home.
Competitive cooking shows
Yes, cooking shows are a good place to start if you are trying to figure out what sautéing means(https://www.gastronomer.co/glossary/). There are moments when you come home from work and there are only a selected number of ingredients in the fridge. Many of these competitive cooking shows give contestants only a handful of ingredients and they often times create beautiful, restaurant quality meals. Get out a notepad while watching the shows and try and jot down some recipes the contestants make. You’ll be surprised how easy, yet delicious these meals are.
Sometimes you only have certain gaps in your day. You might be working long hours or attending classes until late at night. The internet is always available when you are. If you only have a few vegetables in your basket and are at a loss for what to cook, you can simply enter those ingredients into a search engine and voila. Look for recipes that are easy to make but provides maximum flavor. Food bloggers spend hours perfecting a recipe and gives you the perfected version. You really don’t have much else to do but follow the recipe.
Take a cooking class
If you are someone who needs a more physical way of learning how to do things, a cooking class may be a good option. This is especially useful if you are new to cooking your own food. See it as a new discovery. Cooking is not rocket science but sometimes you just need a little guidance. Paying for a cooking class may not be an option for you if you are short on funds but there are some great cooks around us. Maybe get a basic lesson from the best cook in your friends circle or even you mum.
There is no replacement for a good old-fashioned cookbook. Do a little research and find one that suites your dietary needs. If you are vegetarian, look at the best reviewed vegetarian cookbooks. You can use this as a base for many recipes. Work your way through all the recipes until you find a few favorites. Every now and then, try a recipe that might seem a bit daunting. Practice until you get it taste exactly like you remember it did in a restaurant. You can even go more specific like buying a recipe for different kinds of sauces. These sauces can be the base or the star of many great recipes. Another favorite is different kinds of breads. It doesn’t get more pro than baking your own bread.
These easy recipes are a great place to start:
Here are some tips to get the most flavor out of your food:
- Before you cook fish, add some salt and rice vinegar to it. Don’t worry, you won’t taste the vinegar when you cook. This helps you treat the fish and brings the flavor of the fish to the surface.
- Add some garlic and rosemary to the milk you add to mashed potatoes. The burst of flavor will surprise you.
- Put your duck fat in the fridge and use as a delicious spread on toast. Cost effective and yummy.
- Always use a sharp knife when dealing with meat to avoid tearing the meat.
- Sear chicken breasts first and then place them in the oven. This way, you are sealing in the flavor.
- 1:1 ration of oil and butter. The oil helps the butter from burning and the butter adds lots of flavor and richness to your dish.
Cooking restaurant quality food at home is highly possible. Practice is key when it comes to creating beautiful meals. You can test new recipes out on your family, friends or anyone hungry enough to tell you it’s delicious.