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Cooking Tips for Non-Cookers

A lot of people I know don’t cook. They don’t want to; they don’t like to; they aren’t good at it, etc. I never used to be someone who cooked a lot. Cooking meant mac and cheese, frozen pizza, or fried egg sandwiches (nom nom nom). I started cooking more chiefly because I no longer had my mom to cook for me (horrible day). Then it kind of grew on it’s own as I moved towards a healthier, more organic diet. I would suggest Michael Pollan or the Slow Food movement for anyone more interested in why they should cook. I’m still not an excellent cook, but I’ve come a long ways from the mac and cheese days. So now I’m going to post some tips for you non-cookers out there to get you on your way.

1. Start Off Simple

It’s easy to screw up meals and get discouraged, especially when you aren’t sure what you’re doing. So you’ve got to ease into it. Start with basic recipes. Try to keep the ingredient list down and the amount of things to do at a minimum. I probably spent an entire year or two where I mostly made a pasta/stir fry thingy. Great starting point. Buy some meat, a few veggies and throw them in a pan with a little oil. Add noodles and sauce and you’re good to go. Or rice I suppose. But I still screw up rice so maybe hold off on that. Or maybe it’s me. I’m not really sure why I struggle with rice.

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The Vegetarian Adventure, Part 4

Week 3 of The Adventures of Shane in Veggie Land. Which is confusing with it being Part 4 up above. Might have to change that up.

This week, went with a bell pepper stir fry from “flavorfull” again. Branching out next week. We decided to go with this recipe because it claimed to be very easy, we like peppers a lot, and we had basil to use up. (We refers to me and the girlfriend, in case you’re new to this. I’m not just crazy like that.) I had to buy a lot of the ingredients like soy sauce, rice vinegar, and coconut oil, but they’re the kind of things that won’t go bad and can be used in a lot of different stuff.

Things didn’t start out well. Every time we’re having a meal involving rice, I forget that it takes about an hour to cook. So we were pretty hungry when I decide to start cooking, aaaaand then remembered the rice. I used the time the rice was cooking to cut everything up and get it ready to cook, however, and it worked out pretty well. Until a burning smell started to fill the apartment.

Turns out, I forgot to turn the heat down on the rice enough. So it wasn’t so much simmering and still full-on boiling. The water ran out and we had a bit of a burned rice issue, but I managed to save most of it. Just threw some more water in and put the heat at the correct temp. I still hate cooking rice.

The rest of the meal was really easy. Just a matter of putting stuff in at the right time and keeping an eye on the temperature (haven’t quite fine tuned my control of the gas stove yet). I’ve cooked quite a bit over the last year, but I’ve found that I’m really enjoying the cooking part of this blog. I’m learning new stuff every week, especially with these vegetarian meals. Useful stuff.

Yummy

Everything turned out great. Very tasty. My only problem with it–not that filling. I had to eat a some walnuts and banana chips before I left for work to try to hold me over. This has been a lot easier than I expected. Might have to get crazy soon and step away from the bell peppers.

UPDATE: Almost forgot! I had never had ginger before this (that I know of). Turns out–I ****ing LOVE ginger.

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