Cooking is primarily something we all do to prepare delicious meals and snacks. But it’s always a fantastic way to relax and unwind while also giving us a creative outlet to express ourselves. But some of us can feel intimidated by the wealth of ingredients, cooking styles and recipes there are to choose from. This usually results in the same meals being made time after time due to fear of the unknown. But cooking new and exciting food is nothing to be afraid of. To help you get out of your predictable cooking habits, here are three ways to unleash your adventurous side.
Try contrasting flavours and textures
Cooking is all about experimentation and having fun. So don’t be afraid to go against what you think is right from time to time. Try adding sweet to savoury and vice versa and see what results you get. Or if you’re preparing something crunchy and brittle, a sauce could make an exciting addition to your meal. Doing this will open your eyes to more possibilities. Don’t be disheartened if your flavour or texture combinations did not work as well as you had hoped. Use it as a learning curve and let it help you make better choices next time.
Salt is not your only seasoning option
While there is nothing wrong with adding salt to season your food, it’s not your only option. You could try herbs such as dill, sage and thyme. Or condiments like balsamic vinegar, soy sauce or ground chillies. This will give your food a unique flavour and make it more exciting to eat. You could also experiment with the condiments needed for your recipe to create a different meal altogether. So instead of using BBQ sauce on your ribs, you could use paprika and black pepper instead. This can transform your favourite recipes by giving them a new and exciting edge. Always smell the seasoning you want to use before adding it to your food. This will give you some idea of what it will taste like and whether it will complement your food or not.
Touching your food may be messy but can make you a far better cook. It gives you more understanding of their texture as well as helping you get a more intense flavour. You can use your finger to test the consistency of a sauce or dip. Or you could knead dough for cakes and bread to remove air bubbles. You could also massage hard fruit and vegetables to make them break up easier. Massaging seasoning into meat is another brilliant idea too. This may seem like a juvenile thing to do, but your food, skills and knowledge will all be enhanced by doing this. Always wash your hands before handling food, especially meats.
So start incorporating these methods into your cooking regime and see your confidence go sky high. Your taste buds will experience new and exciting flavours and your meal options will treble as a result. Try and prepare a new recipe each week to get you started.