I’ve really enjoyed cooking again over the past few weeks, and if I can find time to cook at least meal from scratch each week then so can you! It’s all about getting the hang of cooking different recipes. Once you’ve made risotto or pie once or twice, cooking them will soon come easily to you and you’ll want nothing but fresh home cook food. I thought I would leave you with a few tips I’ve learnt throughout the years and the past few weeks for cooking.
When slicing meat into strips, partially freeze the meat first so it is easier to cut.
To keep your beef burgers juicy, add cold water to the beef before cooking.
Add a little milk to the water when cooking cauliflower to keep it white.
To get more juice out of your lemon, microwave for 15 seconds.
To check whether your eggs are out of date or not, fill a bowl with water and pop the eggs in, if they sink they’re bad, if they float your all good!
To prevent potatoes from budding add an apple to the bag they’re in, no idea how why it works but it does!!
For poor students, in stead od throwing away left over wine, freeze it and use them as ice cubes or for casseroles and sauces.
Use a funnel when separating eggs by pouring the egg into it. The yolk will stay in the funnel and the whites will fall through.
Roll up your pack of bacon before opening it to help separate the rashers.
When cooking spaghetti hold it with both hands, twist it and drop it in the pan to prevent it from sticking together.
· When preparing a cucumber cut down the middle of the cucumber horizontally and vertically before slicing it to create segments for a salad.
Easiest way to chop up a sweet pepper:
For more great tips and recipes visit www.jamieoliver.com/recipes
For those who want to continue cooking, Sainsbury’s has a surprisingly good list of recipes for you to try, just follow this link:
Or if you want something a bit more challenging try some Delia recipes at www.deliaonline.com/recipes
My attitude towards sushi has always been a little bazaar. I think it looks delicious and I’ve always wanted to try it, but because I thought all of it contained raw fish, I’d been put off. Not very logical I know.
That is until a few months ago, when a friend informed me that some sushi contains chicken instead of fish and some dont have any meat in them at all. I was delighted!
I immediately went on the hunt for a sushi recipe that my fussy taste buds would agree with so I could try some, and I found one:
You can get all the ingredients needed for this recipe at Adsa, Just following this link:
Cooking Sushi Rice
I discovered that cooking sushi rice is not as simply as basmati. The recipe I followed told me to follow the directions on the packet of rice, but I found these to be too vague and they failed me. It took me 3 attempts before I found the perfect instructions in a YouTube video:
Who knew sushi rice was so complicated! Here comes the fun bit.
Making the Sushi
Here’s a video I created to help…
Once I perfected how to cook the sushi rice, this recipe was so much fun. For something you may think is difficult to make, it’s actually rather simple. I got all of my ingredients from Asda and all my housemates said it tasted as good the sushi from Yo Sushi. I had never even tasted sushi until I made it today, let alone thought of making it myself. Unfortunately, however, making it was more fun than actually eating it. Again my fussy taste buds let me down and I was not a fan of the nori sheets. I should have really known seeing as I’m not so keen on seaweed. Determined to like it though, I did look into some substitutes for the nori and discovered soy wraps are commonly used, so I may give these a try at a later date.
If you feel like getting your friends involved with the sushi making fun, there are classes in most larger cities that hold evening classes to teach you and your friends the basics. Here are a few websites to check out…
Until next time!
With the weather being so rubbish and cold is week, I decided to cook a home recipe that always makes me feel warm and leaves me full and satisfied; a hearty beef stew. I was going to find a recipe on line, but decided who better to get a recipe off than the man who has made hundreds of perfect stews for me in past, my Dad.
So here is the Jury family’s recipe.
Jamie Oliver gives a great tip on how to prepare onion and garlic for cooking. Follow the links below to see how its done.
Garlic - www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaUtS24RjAo
You can get all the ingredients needed for this recipe at Sainsbury’s, just go in store or follow this link:
Serve with rice and crusty bread and enjoy.
This meal was so easy to make, even my much undomesticated boyfriend could prepare it. Being a student I think the slow cooker is genius! This recipe is so easy to execute you can prepare it in the morning before heading out, then come home to a healthy, descent meal at the end of the day. All of the ingredients came to just under £10, and the amount I made fed me for 5 nights! A lot of my friends say they rarely make such large portions because they won’t want to eat the same meal 5 nights in a row. However it is possible to freeze this stew and reheat it at another time, or even better invite some friends over to join you!
For dinner I will normally eat meatballs in sauce with spaghetti, not exactly nutritious. If most students eat the same way as me if not worse, I am not surprised that everyone falls ill at uni. With the lack of some simply food such as onion, our immune system is fighting a losing battle! This meal can help you keep colds at bay and generally make you feel healthier. My boyfriend drunkenly stumbled into my house the night I had made this stew, and demanded I reheat some for him. Granted he was drunk, but he did say it was the best food he’d ever eaten after a night out, so there’s an added bonus. Instead of eating kebabs and pizzas after a night out, heat up a nice bowl of Jury’s Stew!
Until next time!
I love risotto but have always thought it to be a difficult recipe to get right. Also I can be a very fussy eater, therefore most recipes I find for risottos include an ingredient I don’t care for. For these reasons I’ve never tried cooking it.
I found this recipe in the most unlikely place, Sainsbury’s recipe website. The recipe actually included mushrooms, but I’m not a fan of mushrooms so I didn’t include them.
I got all of my ingredients for this recipe at Sainsbury’s, just go in store or follow this link:
To make it veggie: Add 200g of mushrooms, try swapping the chicken for 410g kidney beans and the chicken stock for vegetable stock.
This recipe went so well I’m thinking of cooking it every week! It was really easy to cook and it made my kitchen smell amazing! It cost me about £6 and made enough to feed 4 of my friends. It taste’s amazing but I did need to add some bread as a side dish. I’m also thinking of adding more ingredients next time time such as more onion and garlic, and maybe some peppers to give the recipe more variety in taste.
Until next time!
Personally I’ve always loved to cook and try new dishes. As a kid I would always pay attention when mum and dad cooked us dinner, so I could teach myself new recipes and I wanted to be able to cook them dinner now and again. Coming to university, however, and not having the time to cook everything from scratch, I’ve been forced to buy jars of sauce instead of creating my own. I’d hate to become lazy with my cooking, as one day I want to teach my kids how to cook simple recipes in an attempt to prevent them from becoming “jar junkies“. Therefore I’ve decided to start a blog to document my return to the kitchen.
I’ll be covering a few traditional English recipes that I’m slightly familiar with, but also delving into the unknown by experimenting with foreign dishes. So, utensils at the ready, lets get stuck in! Watch this space.