Christmas has come and gone and many of us have done more cooking in the past week than we have throughout the rest of the year – basting turkeys, baking mince pies, curating cheese boards with plenty of pickles… the list goes on and on. But why hang up your oven gloves now the festivities have passed? You could keep the ball rolling by making delicious and wholesome meals from scratch throughout the rest of the year too! Your skills will drastically improve and you’ll be rewarded with wholesome meals each and every evening. One difficulty that many of us face when switching up oven food for homemade meals is only knowing a limited number of recipes. We tend to stick to the same few dishes, rotating them and slowly growing more and more bored. So, it’s time to spice up your cooking somehow! Here are a few steps that you can take to achieve this!
Try Out New Spices
One step that you can take is to quite literally spice up your cooking. If you like hot dishes, choose strong peppers, chilies, and hot sauce containing these strong ingredients. If you have a more sensitive palate, consider sweeter chilies and peppers to ease yourself into things.
Try Out New Herbs
If spice really just isn’t your thing, you can add flavour with herbs. There are so many different varieties out there that there is bound to be something that you can incorporate into any dish to enhance the flavour. Some popular herbs to stock up on and store in your kitchen include:
If you’ll be using herbs regularly, try fresh herbs. However, if you are only going to use them occasionally, opt for dried herbs – these keep longer. If you are feeling particularly green, you can even grow your own!
Look Up New Recipes
Always keep a lookout for new recipes that you’d like to try your own hand at. If you’re eating out and try something that you find really delicious, note down what it is called and look up a recipe when you’re home. You will build up a wider variety of dishes that you can cook, providing you with more choice on a daily basis! Remember that you aren’t necessarily going to nail every dish the first time around, but practice makes perfect and you will eventually improve. Alternatively, you can watch more cookery shows – these are on television and can be looked up online too. This can also help, as you get to see someone else carrying out each step and can simply mimic what they are doing for a similar end result.
Try a New Technique or Method
Have you seen the cooking shows where the two contenders have the same basic ingredients but come up with two entirely different dishes? Take something that is enjoyed and try a new technique or method. This is a good way to ease children into change. Familiar flavors or textures, but changed just a bit. Pressure cooking your protein or roasting your vegetables are just some of the possibilities.
These are just a few steps that you can take in order to ensure that you have a wide variety of different dishes to pick from when it comes to eating well in the new year! Incorporate them into your cooking routine as soon as possible!