Cooking for dummies
A few months ago I said I couldn’t cook many things and I hadn’t used the oven much. Well, thanks to my new status as a stay-at-home translator, that is changing! I was worried I would be fed up of eating rice and pasta after a few weeks, but I think that is not going to happen, thanks to two amazing objects that are changing my cooking habits!
I have always been a lousy cook, the kind that always forgets to add salt and is too scared to try new recipes. Also, the only way of cooking vegetables that I knew was boiling them. Yep, not the most appetizing method. Now, I go to the market and just grab any veggies I see, and I start drooling thinking about lunch time!
Are you super intrigued? What on Earth did I discover? Am I going to make RealGunners’ Lazy Man recipes look like his beloved (but complicated) Jamie Oliver’s recipes?
Well, the first answer is quite obvious. I started using the oven. The other day, while working, I suddenly had a revelation: the words “grilled vegetables” came to my mind and I googled them. Jackpot! Doing grilled vegetables is very easy! So I went to the shop and bought zucchini, eggplant, pumpkin, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli… and did this super complicated stuff:
- I started the oven at 180ºC.
- I washed and cut all the veggies.
- I covered an oven tray with foil and spread some oil on it.
- I put the veggies on the tray, and sprikled salt, oil and dried parsley on them.
- I checked if the oven was 180ºC or not. (I have an oven thermometer).
- When it was 180ºC, I put the tray with the veggies inside the oven. Oh, and managed to burn myself. Now I have a blister on the tip of my middle finger.
- After aprox. 30 minutes I took the tray out and ate ate ate.
I can hear you all saying: “Hellooooo, this is common knowledge, everybody knows this”. Well, as I said, I am a lousy cook. I had never tried. Even though the veggies had different cooking times, I was lucky and everything was good (the mushrooms became super small though. I will try bigger ones next time). The broccoli was a big success.
The second object that is changing my life is something that I also had for a long time but never used. One of my friends left China in June last year and I “inherited” a lot of her things. One of them was a recipient for cooking in the microwave. I put it in a cupboard and never thought about it again. Until the other day, when I was thinking how to prepare some frozen fish fillets I bought.
I tell you, this is the best invention of the century. You put the ingredients, close the recipient, put it in the microwave for 5 minutes and it is done. And it is good! It is also healthy because you don’t need to use oil, the food is steamed in its own juices. I have cooked fish fillet with broccoli and mushroom omelette in this thing.
If you are curious about it, you can look it up. The brand is called Lekue and this recipient is called steam case. I have seen it on Amazon, but I’m not sure if it is available in all countries. (I saw it on Taobao too!).