As a beginner or professional, making a classic dish can be difficult. It takes a lot of time and practice to master the act.
In the remaining part of this article, we’ll discuss the equipment, techniques, and recipes every cook should be familiar with to archive a fabulous classic dish. Let’s delve into it!
There are three categories of cooking/ Kitchen equipment these are;
– Food production equipment such as cooking ranges, burners, ovens, spoons, pans, vegetable cutter, steamer, and lastly, cooker.
– Maintenance equipment includes dishwasher, dishwasher, shredders, nutcrackers, and knives.
– Food storage equipment includes a refrigerator, freezer, and storage systems.
● Techniques/ methods of cooking:
Cooking technique is a delicate aspect of this guide because the technique is what makes a good dish. Let’s take a look at some cooking techniques.
This technique is preparing a meal over a source of heat with a pan containing little oil whilst adding other ingredients gradually that have been prepared beforehand.
As the name implies it requires continuous stirring either with a stick, spoon, or shaking the pan.
This technique is for the cooking of meat until it becomes tenders. However, before braising the first step is searing. Place the meat on a pan to caramelize and pop out its flavour.
Afterwards, toss in a pot with any liquid of your choice to simmer until it becomes soft, succulent, and tender.
This is one of the oldest cooking techniques adequate to retain the nutrients of the food. A basket is placed over boiling water without submerging it. It is the heat from the water that penetrates the basket and cooks the food.
The term”baking” is often misplaced for “roasting”. Although they are similar but not exact. They both require a dry source of heat nonetheless, vary in temperature. Baking requires a lesser temperature than roasting.
● Recipe for cooking:
As earlier mentioned, classic dishes are prepared to contain the right ingredients and features. Until you are familiar with the recipe it is recommended to always keep a recipe book handy. Let’s shed light on some easy recipes for beginners
– Simple Chicken Roast with Gravy
II.) Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
III.) 3 sprigs thyme
IV.)3 gloves of garlic
V.) 2 tsp of all-purpose flour
VI.) ½ cup dry white wine.
VII.) 2 cups Chicken stock.
I.) Start by preheating the oven to about 450 degrees, while you dress the chicken.
II.) Season the inside and outside of the chicken with salt and pepper as needed. Stuff the garlic and the thyme inside to give extra flavor.
III.) Place the chicken legs tied and breast side-up on a rack and into the oven it goes for about 50mins until the skin is crispy and golden brown.
IV.) Time to make the gravy!. Collect the juice deposited by the chicken in a pan. Mix your flour with water in a separate bowl to a consistency. Over medium heat add the wine to the juice. Afterward, the flour mixture. Let it simmer and thicken before adding salt to taste.
V.) Skim the meat and serve it with warm gravy.
– Scrambled Eggs
The secret to this recipe is the addition of cheese to give that mouthwatering experience.
- Pepper and salt
- 2 tsp unsalted butter
- Break the egg into a bowl, add ¾ teaspoon salt and pepper and incorporate.
- To a non-stick pan add 1tsp of butter and allow it to melt. Add the mixture and rotate so it touches every nook and cranny of the pan. When one side is cooked, flip to the other with a spatula.
- Add the remaining butter and cheese, mix thoroughly and serve hot.