I’d like to share with you my take on “Improvised Cooking” because you don’t have to follow a recipe. This means substituting different ingredients that you like and easy to prepare. Most often I just cook with whatever I’ve got in the fridge, or pantry so I can rotate my stock and don’t waste food
So many recipes contain numerous ingredients, and several steps, that makes cooking a chore and not a joy. If you read through the process carefully, you might find a quicker way to achieve the end result. Improvising is not a special skill, and anyone can easily adapt it, when they are forced to.
Cooking with colour is very appealing and it stimulates your taste buds. As the saying goes “eat with our eyes”! And we are always reminded to “eat the colours of the rainbow” as it’s good for our well-being.
Growing up we did not have fancy ingredients, and mum always had to improvise. My mother was an amazing cook, and I watched her create dishes with limited ingredients, that were delicious.
A few hints to remember is to always season your food at the various stages of cooking as it brings out the flavour and taste. A good idea is to pick a theme such as Spicy, Asian, Mexican, Italian or Indian and use herbs, spices or sauces so it complements the cuisine. All food should be well balanced so it imparts flavour and texture. Remember the 5 basic flavours: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. Rather than following recipes, try creating your own and invent something new! You may surprise yourself! What’s the worst that can happen? It will still be edible!!
There are some easy recipes on this website if you care to check it out – Justataste.com