I’m not sure about you, but my love of cooking has kind of waned a bit in the last few months. We used to eat out often and have friends over a lot, where I could get to experiment and show off my culinary skills.
I know I’m not alone when I say that the endless cooking of family food is actually a bit dull, but as families prepare to send their kids off to school and more workplaces are reopening, I thought I’d give you a rundown of some cookbooks and kitchen gadgets that might well save your sanity and inject some fun back into daily meal preparation.
First on the list is “Malta’s own” Meike Peters 365 – A Year Of Every Day Cooking And Baking. A beautiful book that suggests recipes for a meal a day using local and seasonal ingredients. There’s no faff, and every day is different. The book is almost a year old and let me tell you, the pages of my copy are well worn! It actually make you look forward to cooking the next day.
I never thought I’d say it out loud, but a slow cooker is a dream, especially if you live life in the fast lane. No matter that life isn’t as free as it was, it somehow still is as hectic. The main benefits I see are that you can use vegetables up that would otherwise be heading for bin and obviously, it cooks while you are doing other things. Choose one that enables you to brown in the same pan as you will be adding all the other ingredients and one that you can eat
Along the same lines is a soup maker, you can roughly chop up your chosen ingredients or throw them in whole and leave the rest to the machine. All you have to do is choose smooth or chunky. Choose a portable maker that enables you to take your soup to work in it….. and don’t worry, this isn’t a winter-only tool, the functionality enables smoothie-making too.
A vacuum sealer is another gadget I love. Simple to use and saves food so you can see it! Even liquids with no spills, and the bags take up so much less space in the fridge and freezer than your usual ‘tupperware’ style boxes. Incidentally, is it only my lids that go walkabout?
Another use for a vacuum sealer is of course sous vide cooking. The tools for this restaurant-level cooking have shrunk in counter top space and price. This is essentially low labour, high flavour, seriously tender food which you can pre-prepare and then cook low and slow for hours without having to stand over the cooker. You’re welcome.