Til a few months ago I had hardly cooked a thing, outside of frozen food or microwave meals.
But I got a very basic cookbook that literally starts with boiling an egg and goes from there. That was my level so that was perfect for me.
It is good fun...as a Vegetarian my diet was very limited before, the same three or four meals repeated over and over. But now I've completed several decent meals, and a handful of successful of puddings. All very simple things, like a Mushroom Curry or Bread and Butter pudding, but still, considering my non-existent experience a few months ago, I'm happy with my progress.
Anyone have any favorite recipes or cooking tips for a beginner like me? Anyone have any ideas for key ingredients to have that can add flavor and interest to food like Rice, Pasta or noodles?
Good for you! You will find cooking more very rewarding. I have always cooked but these difficult financial times has forced me to cook more often as it is much cheaper AND healthier. I had to look for variety because cooking just for yourself can get a little boring.
One new recipe I made this weekend, that knocked me out was a marinated portobello mushroom burger. Are you vegan? Please say that you still love cheese!
4 portobello mushroom caps
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
4 (1 ounce) slices asiago
Place the mushroom caps, smooth side up, in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, turning twice.
Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
Brush grate with oil. Place mushrooms on the grill, reserving marinade for basting. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until tender. Brush with marinade frequently. Top with cheese during the last 2 minutes of grilling.
Garnish with lettuce, tomato and red onion!