March 25th, 2010

thinky tim

Recipe recs

I have, as I mentioned, been cooking a lot of new recipes lately, and I thought I'd share some of the things I've tried. I am very solidly a novice cook - I am well-versed in one-pot dishes like soups and stews, for instance, but not things like searing meat or knowing intuitively what spices to add to a dish - and I figure I'm not alone in that. So I want to share out of a feeling of "Look! I could do this without too much trouble. And it's even tasty! Try it!"

I do want to mention that I've been learning to stir-fry (more or less), in that I'm learning the process of letting the wok and oil get really hot, then tossing the food around so it cooks quickly but doesn't burn. That's how you're supposed to stir-fry, but I'm usually a conservative cook who keeps the heat down so I don't burn things even when I don't use much oil. The problem with that is that food will end up steaming more than frying. I don't know if anyone else has that issue when cooking, but it's important to note that these dishes will turn out much better (i.e. not soggy) if you really stir-fry them. I've had some minor scorching of food, but if you have a faster arm than me (or if you're willing to add a touch more oil) I think you can avoid that problem.

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