“Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.” – Julia Child
Cooking is synonymous with sharing, well-being, and happiness. According to a study carried out by the University of Otago in New Zealand, participants felt happier, more complete, relaxed, and energetic the day after a creative activity such as cooking.
Just like improving your health by eating less salt, sugar, and fat (and avoiding ready meals altogether), you can improve your mental wellbeing.
So are you ready to try out this new way to be happy?
Here’s Superprof’s quick cooking guide.
What Do You Need to Cook?
Before you get started with simple or complicated recipes, you’ll need to know what to stock your cupboards with. There’s no need to have tonnes of specialised utensils in order to create gourmet dishes.
It doesn’t matter whether you need help with cooking techniques like grilling, roasting, searing, and frying, cooking times and doneness, seasoning, or different cuts of meat, you first need to get the right equipment in your kitchen before you learn how to cook.
Using the right utensils and equipment can make all the difference. (Source: Einladung_zum_Essen)
Not everyone has a kitchen like they do on Masterchef, to be fair, so here’s a list of essential utensils and accessories for learning to cook:
A cheap peeler for fruits and vegetables (mango, cucumber, squash, sweet potato, etc.)
A good knife for cutting carrots, aubergines, and herbs.
A chopping board because you wouldn’t want to wreck your bench
A small pot and a large pot for cooking things like pasta and sauces.
A wooden spoon and spatula so that you don’t scratch the insides of your pots and pans.
Lids and covers so that sauces don’t bubble onto surfaces and for stewing.
A good pan made of either ceramic, stainless steel, or copper stone.
A dish for using in the oven. You can use this for doing gratins, baking fruits and vegetables, etc.
A fine sieve for rice, pasta, without having to resort to the sink.
A measuring glass and kitchen scales. If you’re good at baking, you’ll know that you have to measure everything carefully in order to get it right.
A whisk or beater for beating eggs to make mayonnaise, for example.
A couple of salad bowls for mixing and preparing cakes.
A pie or cake tin. When making pies or chocolate cakes, for example, these are essential.
Don’t forget a ladle if you’re making soup and broth in the winter. With these utensils, you can make a huge range of different dishes from the best chefs.
“One cannot think well, love well and sleep well if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme
“Laughter is brightest in the place where the food is.” – Irish Proverb
“After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.” – Oscar Wilde
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard
“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” – Kurt Vonnegut
“The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” – Mark Twain
Which is your favourite? Which one inspires you to start cooking?
Cooking vocabulary is as wide and varied as cooking and it can make you feel a bit lost when you first start. That’s why it’s important to learn some important terms so you don’t get confused. We’ve got a few explanations of important terms in a number of our articles on cooking so make sure you read them all!
This means removing the seeds of certain fruits and vegetables. It’s always much nicer biting into a juicy piece of fruit without having to worry about the seeds. However, if you’ve had seedless grapes, you’ll be aware that you can now buy a lot of different fruits and vegetables without having to worry about seeds or stones.
We usually talk about lumps when making dough. You’ll get lumps if you don’t carefully mix or prepare your dough. A good dough will have the same consistency throughout. Lumps can negatively affect the cooking process.
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