Mise en Place – Preparing the Ingredients

Top chefs seem to really have it together when they are preparing meals. When we see cook, they don’t scramble around the kitchen looking for last minute ingredients. Everything always seems to be where right in front of them

The French have a term for this – mise en place. This basically means “preparing the ingredients”. You chop and measure things out in advance. It may seem as if this will lengthen the cooking time. But it actually shortens it and helps make your food come out better.

Not convinced? Consider this. How many times have you left onions or garlic to sauté in a skillet, only to realize that you need to add the mushrooms ASAP but they are not cleaned or chopped yet? And by the time they are chopped, the onions are a burnt mess. Well all this could have been prevented if you prepared the ingredients ahead of time.

Easy Tricks for Finding Recipes

So, what’s for dinner? Do you know? Sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a bit. If you find yourself cooking the same things all the time, it could be that you need try something new, you just don’t realize it. But just as you may be in a rut with the things you could be cooking, you may be looking in the same places to find your recipes. Is your favourite cookbook getting a little stale? Try searching online instead. There are plenty of food oriented websites. Or, if you want to try cooking in a different cuisine, do a search for that cuisine. For example, if you want to find easy Thai food recipes, type in the search phrase ôeasy Thai food recipesö and you should be directed to a website that will help you out. This is a good way to shake things up.

Me? Learn How To Cook

Do you know how to cook? Do you want to? Well, maybe you think you don’t have what it takes. But consider this. You may already have the skills and you just don’t realize it. If you can operate the microwave, boil water, and make toast you may already be further along than you think. Granted, those are just simple things to do in the kitchen. But they form the basis of more complex dishes.

With a microwave you can warm up microwave meals. If you can boil water, you can make pasta. If you can make toast you can also make things like English muffin pizzas and bruschetta. You can cook these simple foods to help give you confidence and to help you learn that cooking is nothing more than a series of steps. Make it a point to learn one new simple skill or recipe at a time. Before long, you will have an arsenal of recipes you are good at.