Due to quarantine and social distancing measures, people have found themselves cooking more at home than ever before. However, after creating some of the same meals week after week, many are starting to lack inspiration and hitting a home-cooking rut. To shake things up in the kitchen, consider these 10 ways that will add excitement and creativity to your future dishes.
Explore cultural dishes: Look to other cultures for food inspiration. Whether inspired by a book you read, a movie you watched, or a place you have visited (or want to visit), there are a lot of dishes that can open your eyes to the way people all around the world eat and enjoy food.
Use a new ingredient: “Try a new ingredient you’ve never cooked with before to expand your palate,” says Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Jordan Andino based in the US. “Experimenting with a new ingredient is great because it becomes flavourful, versatile, quick to cook, and when added to a dish, it can give your favourite recipe a whole new twist.”
Host a virtual theme night: Invite
friends for a virtual dinner party where everyone shows off their
homemade creations. To add a little excitement to the virtual party,
pick a different theme to create a meal around – a luau, a crawfish boil
or decades night are a few examples. Don’t forget to add some fun decor
to make the virtual mealtime extra special.
Get inspired online: With cooking classes going virtual across countless social media platforms, look to some of your favourite foodie influencers and celebrity chefs for inspiration in the kitchen. Your favourite cooking brands, restaurants and chefs are probably hosting online cooking classes where you can learn some new tips and simple tricks to make a tasty new dish.
Get the gadgets and tools: Turn your culinary world upside down with a new kitchen gadget. Try out a vegetable spiralizer that’ll help you make zoodles (zucchini noodles) or a dressing mixer to create homemade dressings, marinades and sauces. Pick up a sushi kit for a fun family dinner activity.
Try trending recipes: Try
your hand at one of the latest food trends for more motivation in the
kitchen. A few recipes that are gaining popularity include bread making,
cooking flavoured gnocchi or eating the iconic Hawaiian snack.
Add new spices: An easy way to enhance any dish is by adding spices. Try a new spice or make your own blend. Whether you’re going for some heat or want to add a savoury element, a spice you’ve never had before may do the trick. Furthermore, a new spice might even inspire new dishes you’ll love.
Embrace backwards day: Try shaking things up and eat breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast. Flipping around the traditional awakens palates and is a simple way to keep meals interesting. Plus, what kid doesn’t love waffles or egg bakes for dinner?
Share a favourite, find a favourite: Organise a virtual or old-fashioned recipe swap with friends and family. Discover new meal options and walk away with a pile of fresh recipes to cook at home.
Make your own bowls: Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, make a “build your own bowl bar,” where your family can choose their own base and toppings for their custom creations. For example, try a smoothie bowl by pairing yogurt, fresh fruit and extras like grains and nuts for a nutrient-filled breakfast. For dinner, try a rice bowls that can be customized to your liking, such as a bibimbap bowl.-BPToffice 2019 pro satın al