Wake up and smell a decent meal
The kitchen is unknown territory. I get it. There are all kinds of things that can go wrong. You could catch fire, slice crucial body parts off. Be forced to to use an oven that is now used to store shoe boxes. Be stared at by herbs and spices you can’t pronounce. Asafoetida who?
But if you want to eat healthier, not to mention cheaper, or impress that special someone, you need to learn to cook at least one decent meal. No, ready to eat meals don’t count.
Lucky for you, I am going to share some ridiculously easy, delicious tips that will take you no more than 15 minutes. No crazy options. These are all extremely simple to help you boost your confidence before you throw stuff in the air, and set things on fire.
Today, let’s cook a Veggie Frittata.
First round up the ingredients. You will need:
In a frittata, the hero is the egg. So get as many as you like. If you like to go healthy, pick the organic ones.
Vegetables in eggs. Are you serious! Well, we are. And we can promise you, you will love it. You can choose what veggies you like. A good mix of flavour would be great so pick up bell peppers, carrots, and tomatoes.
In every dish, there are certain ingredients that determine the final flavour. Like garlics, parsley, salt and pepper.
No frittata is complete without some cheese and cream to bring it all in together. And make it delicious! Sure, it tastes alright without it. But if you are making this to impress, don’t hold back on the cheese.
You will need some kinda cooking oil to saute the vegetables. For the health conscious, we suggest olive oil or coconut oil.
A skillet to saute the veggies. If you don’t have one, go buy one. The non stick ones are definitely worth the money.
A bowl to whisk the eggs in.
A baking dish. Again, you can roll out many a mean dish in one of these. So just buy one.
A spatula to flip them ingredients around and feel like an awesome chef.
Sharp knife. Duh.
Okay now you have all the supplies, let’s go through some ground rules.
No cooking in the nude. Or in boxers.
Wash your hands. No, you didn’t. Wash them again.
Wash your ingredients. No not the eggs, just the vegetables!!!
* Chop your vegetables. Tiny squares for tomatoes, carrots and bell peppers. And slice the onions lengthwise.
* Pound the garlic. Just place the knife on top of the garlic, and smash them in. Yes, you will love this bit.
* Shred the cheese.
* Take your skillet/frying pan. Add a tablespoon of oil. When it’s hot enough, add all the veggies and saute until tender. Let it cool.
* This is the part where the spatula comes in. And you can just move it around and act like you know what you are doing. Yell out some words for drama’s sake, throw things in the air if you have got good reflexes. It will take about 3-5 minutes for it to get cooked. Reduce the heat so it doesn’t get burnt.
* In another bowl. Mix eggs, salt, pepper, cream and cheese. Add the cooled veggies into the egg mixture.
* Generously oil your baking dish so that that frittata doesn’t stick to it. Pour the mixture in a baking dish.
* Set your oven to 190 C, and bake it for 20-25 minutes. Or until set in the middle. You can check by sliding a knife through the middle. If it comes out wet, it needs to be in longer till the eggs are cooked through.
Allow the frittata to cool before you serve yourself a slice. So when that happens, guzzle a beer. You just made your very first meal. You are better off than half the population. You deserve it.
Cucumbertown tip: Start basic before you expand. Try basic frittatas a few more times before you start experimenting. Next time, add sausages, leftover roast chicken, different spices and herbs. Look up other recipes and make small changes. Try a dessert one with strawberries. And soon you will have your very own signature Frittata.