“Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for.” – David Chang
Are you sick of pasta and searching for recipes?
Even if you’re not a great chef, you can start making tasty meals. According to a survey by Quitoque, 78% of women and 89% of men would like to spend more time cooking.
So are you ready to start playing around with ingredients?
Courgettes, carrots, shrimps and prawns, salmon, asparagus, rice, lamb, chicken, etc. Whether you’re making salads, chocolate dessert, or bakes, have fun!
To get started, here are some easy recipes!
The quiche lorraine (a type of bacon and cheese quiche) is arguably the most popular quiche in the world. Whether it’s as a starter or main, it can be eaten hot out of the oven, refrigerated, or you can reheat it if any of it remains. This quiche recipe is quick and easy to make in a cooking class and is essentially an omelette or frittata in a pie crust.
The quiche lorraine is one of the easiest recipes to make and you can have it as a starter or main. (Source: jess1981)
You just need to start by making the pastry. You can use a shortcrust pastry or a puff pastry for a quiche lorraine.
Shortcut pastry is easier to make at home. You need to mix flour, butter, egg yolks, salt, and water. You can then put extra pastry to one side, keeping it in the freezer, for the next time you make a quiche. You just need to separate the pastry into bowls and cover them. Once your pastry is ready, put them in a pie plate or pie pan and pierce the base with a fork. Finally, bake the pastry for ten minutes.
Place some baking paper on the pastry and then add some baking beans to the base. You can then move onto making the quiche filling. To do this, you’ll mix creme fraiche, milk, 5 eggs, and some lardons.
Break the eggs one by one into a salad bowl. Beat them and then add the creme fraiche and milk. Whisk it all together. You can add salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Make sure that you don’t add too much salt as the lardons are already quite salty on their own.
Place the lardons on the pastry that you cooked earlier and then pour the mix on top (having removed the paper and baking beans). Preheat your oven to 180°C and bake for half an hour. You can then serve your quiche lorraine with a salad.
You can also make a quiche lorraine without eggs, pastry, or even make a vegan quiche lorraine. You can also use other foods to garnish the quiche. Whether you make it with gruyere cheese, sharp cheddar, ham and cheese, leek, spinach, or even crustless quiche, anything is possible!
The most important thing when cooking is to have fun. Find out more about making quiches.
Who doesn’t love crepes?
With sugar, chocolate, caramel, jam, sweet, or savoury, crepes are good for any occasion.
But do you know how to make crepes? And where do they come from?
Making crepes is far easier than you think. (Source: RitaE)
Crepes date back to around 7,000BCE. Pancakes made from water and crushed cereals were regularly made. They were a lot thicker than how we currently make them, but they were the basis for the recipe that you use nowadays.
During the 13th century, the Bretons made buckwheat pancakes. Buckwheat had made its way from Asia and was used to make savoury crepes. Bit by bit, the recipe changed. Crepes started to be cooked with wheat flour and milk. Crepes have many relatives around the world including blinis, pancakes, etc!
If you want to make French-style crepes, start by mixing flour, milk, eggs, butter, sugar, and salt. Pour the flour in a large mixing bowl. Make a hole in the middle and start adding the eggs one by one. Mix the eggs and the flour with a whisk, then slowly add milk to the mix.
Add the softened butter and a pinch of salt and sugar. Keep mixing until the batter is a smooth liquid. It needs to be slightly thicker than water. Let it sit for two hours in the fridge.
If you don’t happen to have a crepe pan or pancake maker, you can always just use a regular frying pan. Warm it for a few minutes and add a bit of oil, allowing it to spread.
With the help of a ladle, take a bit of the batter and pour it onto the pan. Tilt the pan so that the batter spreads across the base of the pan.
Cook for a couple of minutes. The crepe should come cleanly off the pan. Use a spatula to flip the crepe and heat for another minute. You can get the toppings ready at this point.
Your crepe is ready!
Just like with the quiche lorraine, you can also change the type of crepe you make by changing the batter ingredients. You can make vegan, savoury, or rum crepes! You can choose whatever you want to put on your crepe.
Find out more about making crepes.
After having made crepes and quiche, why not learn how to make your homemade pizzas?
Want a pizza? Learn how to make your own. (Source: igorovsyannykov)
Italy’s most famous dish, the pizza, has changed a lot since starting as a bit of bread with tomatoes on it. Nowadays, pizzas are famous all over the world. Brits and Americans are huge fans of pizzas, too!
If you want something a little different from the pizzas you normally get, learning to make a pizza is a great way to save money and enjoy pizzas exactly the way you like them.
The key to a good pizza is the dough. Thick, thin, soft, crispy, anything is possible. You can make your pizza dough with flour, baker’s yeast, and a bit of warm water. Knead it for a few minutes and then let it sit for a few hours. You’ll then have the dough of your dreams. Of course, you can also buy readymade pizza dough if you don’t have the time to make your own.
Spread out your dough to the size needed and then place it on a baking tray with some baking paper and olive oil. Pop it in the oven for around 10 minutes at 220°C. Take it out of the oven and then put the ingredients on it.
You can opt for a tomato or creme fraiche base. Then add the toppings you want.
You can also make a sweet pizza with melted chocolate or jam.
You just need to put it all back in the oven and keep an eye on it as it cooks. The time taken will depend on which ingredients you’ve added. The best thing to do is to stay by the oven and watch it cook.
Find out more about making pizzas.
The Croque monsieur is the cheese toasty’s French cousin.
You can make a Croque monsieur with plenty of different ingredients. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
While it’s popular in Parisian bistros, it originated in Australia. The aboriginal peoples would grill meat between two slices of bread. This type of toasted sandwich is an early ancestor of the Croque monsieur.
It wouldn’t be until the 20th century that the Croque monsieur started showing up in the French capital. It soon became very popular. Bit by bit, it became internationally popular, too.
To make a Croque Monsieur, you need to first butter two slices of bread (white or brown). Pour a mix of milk, grated cheese, and salt onto the slices. Add slices of cheese and ham to the bread. Close the sandwich by adding a slice of cheese and a slice of bread.
Butter the top and add some grated cheese. Bake in the oven for around ten minutes.
For the real thing, replace the milk and cheese mix with a bechamel sauce!
There are several variations on the Croque monsieur. You can even make a Croque madame by putting a fried egg on top.
There are all sorts of different ways to make them. Whether you want it with onions, mushrooms, creamed spinach, pineapple, cheese, or berries and goat’s cheese.
Anything is possible so start having fun in the kitchen!
Find out more about making Croque monsieurs.
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