Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A Decent Meal in Less Than Ten Minutes.


            Cooking for myself recently has been very efficient.
The other night my cooking proceeded thus:-
 I place a bowl of frozen sweetcorn in the microwave. This will cooked in under three minutes.
At the same time I boiled a cupful of water in the electric kettle. This will be used to make instant gravy. A good selection of ready-made sauces and instant stuff can really add variety to your diet.
 A frying pan heated up on the hob with a squirt of oil added. I keep the oil in a squirt bottle since it makes it easier to add less to a pan. Chopped fresh mushrooms went into the frying pan to brown for a few minutes.
 While this was going on and heated up my new George Foreman grill. I have seen some rubbish written on the internet about these grills drying food out. The George Foreman is basically a culinary trouser press. It cooks food from both sides at once, so it will take approximately half the time to cook something. Adjust you cooking plan accordingly!
On another hob, I boiled a pot of salted water. Following the previous blog post I decided to experiment with pre-soaking dried pasta. It worked even better than I expected so it was obvious I could now cook it like fresh pasta. A couple of minutes of cooking instead of twelve to twenty minutes.
Pork chop, mushrooms, sweetcorn and pasta in gravy, cooked in under ten minutes. Big saving on fuel, time and hassle.