Monday, January 4, 2010

Anyone Can Afford Gourmet Cooking

Gourmet cooking is associated with with fine food and drink elaborated in a splash of artful presentation. In a general sense, people consider it expensive, or very expensive. As a result, many are intimidated by the whole gourmet cooking mystique, and hinders an individual's right to eat in sophistication. 

Gourmet cooking, in the perception that most ingredients are of foreign origin, cultivated in exotic soils and carefully harvested or handcrafted, is what makes gourmet food special, sophisticated and even expensive. In order to bring us to our appreciative senses, the question is not how many can only afford to get a gourmet meal. We need not to consider it "unaffordable" or we will wind up discouraged for the wrong reason, just as notions that only the rich belongs.

The Truth

Not everyone may be richer enough to afford it, but everyone deserves good food. Truth is, the combination of the world’s finest ingredients along with tradition has born the elegant world of gourmet with food that is of highest quality and flavor. So it is about people, culture and food, and it must be for everyone. One needs the conviction towards grabbing a bowl of this healthy tradition to get to gourmet cooking, after all  a few more cents of pureness brings a lot more sense to wellness. Would you like a help to start with? It is never late to add up a touch of goodness to your meals.

Grilled Peaches and Pecans by the Pioneer Woman

We Can Do It

Try putting a little twist of magic to your kitchen and transform what has been ordinary into something extraordinary. The moment you learn basic cooking, you can develop your own creative techniques, which includes cutting and slicing of meat and vegetables, to how food is presented. A few good tools can be very helpful. Knives are the backbone of cooking, and worth spending a little more on. They make the job that much easier and will last you a lifetime. A pairing knife, for example, is ideal for forming and shaping garnishes.

Make Elegant Tomato Rose Decoration in 5 Minutes by Your Smart Kitchen
Gourmet cooking challenges the ability to use as little processed food as possible, and make meals from scratch rather than relying on pre-made ingredients. Don't be afraid to experiment.  Food stewed in the most real ingredients could spice up an evening. Plus you get the pleasure of putting something home made on the table. There are thousands of cookbooks to get ideas from and good books that explain the basics of cooking. In other words, you can learn to play with flavors from savory to earthy, fruity and sweet. 

If still unsure how to start, you can enroll in a cooking class. There are cheap cooking courses which can help improve your skills and repertoire even if you are a beginner. It's a great way of being able to meet and make friends with professional chefs, learn new techniques, and a few secrets along the way. They also give you the opportunity to meet others who are passionate about cooking. You get to sample delicious food which you can make at home.

Now you're ready to impress your family and friends by filling their weekend table with your healthy and artful cooking. Who says you needed to be rich to be your family's favorite gourmet?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What Is Salt?

Salt is an ancient commodity. It has been used as a currency, beauty secret, medication and as preservative for food. This tiny white rock proves that there is life in it, so let's talk about it.

Salt as A Culinary Ingredient

Salt is a necessary ingredient for a healthy life. It's importance became very essential in all aspects of cooking that it has become the culinary ingredient present in almost all recipes. A pinch of pure salt will enhance the flavors that are already present in a dish making it a surprising essential that brings succulent and flavorful results to various cuisines. In baking bread, salt works to influence the strength, expansion and texture of dough. In making cheese, salt is also required to cure and develop consistency  in cheese. There is no food that tastes savory without salt. It is the ingredient that provides no-calorie flavor.

Preserving food with salt by Food Grit

Table salt is refined salt and is often iodized. It is a refined fine-grained salt with magnesium carbonate added to make it free-flowing. The use of this salt has essentially eliminated disorders or iodine deficiency in countries where it is used. Table salt can also be produced from rock salt, but it is distinct from unrefined salt, which is allowed to retain its impurities.

Unrefined salt is also used for seasoning foods, and some are even more expensive precisely because of the impurities they contain. 

Salt is inexpensive, yet it keeps bread from going stale, keeps overcooked vegetables from turning gray, and it keeps hotdog meat from falling apart. For chefs, salting is an art and the matter of taste is a masterpiece. When you have cooked in the kitchens of the world’s fine restaurants, or your passion has created you great cuisines, you know how important salt is to food.