Student cooking with herbs and spices
Published Sunday, 18 January, 2015 by Lily McConnell
It’s a new year and a fresh new start. I know a lot of students are getting on the ‘health kick’ bandwagon and are wanting to cook better and healthier meals for themselves to give them that brain power and kick to start the day. By cooking your own meals as a student you can cook in larger batches that can be stored away in the fridge or freezer for a later date. This not only saves students money but also keeps those pesky take-aways at bay that students often delve for when they start to run out of food or money.
This blog takes a focus on herbs and spices that you can use to make your cooking skills go from boring to Jamie Oliver in just a few seconds and makes you want more of your own new and healthy cooking just by adding a few simple ingredients!
Herbs and spices are a great way to enhance the flavour of any meal and help keep that balance of flavour to your dishes. Although, it is important to make sure you are putting the right amount of seasoning on your food so you don’t end up over doing it and making your meal taste too empowered by spices or herbs.
Fresh herbs and spices can be bought locally from any supermarket or local store that specialises in these types of ingredients, it’s a good idea to ask if you are unsure what food you can put the specific ingredient in and some local stores that specialise in herbs and spices are more than happy to give you samples to try (in the hope you recommend them or go back and purchase of course!).
Fresh herbs or spices in particular, should generally be added to the food nearing the end of its cooking time or sprinkled on top of a finished dish – this is so the taste of the herb does not end up becoming tasteless which will defeat the object of you adding it in the first place.
Dried herbs or spices that you can buy pre-packed can be added earlier on in the cooking so that the flavours can run their course in the process of cooking. If you are looking up recipes from this trusty website (Studentrecipes.com) there may be instructions to add herbs whether they are dried or fresh. It is always important to take note of this if you want to end up with a tasty and fulfilling home-made cooked dish for you or your friends.
Don’t be afraid to try new herbs and spices and experiment! The fun part of cooking is that you can try new things and if it does not work out first time round you can try again and get it right the second time. There are plenty out there that will be preferable to you, it’s all about being adventurous and trying new foods for the new year. So why not give it a go? You never know, you could be wowing your friends in no time with your great new cooking skills!
Do you have a favourite herb or spice you like to add to your cooking that you could recommend to other students?
Do you like to buy your herbs fresh or dried?
Happy healthy cooking fellow students!