When we keep doing the same thing over and over again and fall into a routine, we sometimes get dissatisfied with our lives. The same can be said for our eating habits; if we eat the same thing every day, prepared in the same way, our palette might get tired and we could lose our appetites. However, this does not mean we have to walk to the parts of the earth that you have never seen looking for something to excite your taste buds. You can find creative ways to take every day common ingredients to the next level. These ideas will definitely give you a good place to start.
Move away from your usual fried eggs, sunny side up. Leave behind your scrambled, boiled and poached eggs and step into the world of egg cups. Get a couple eggs and beat in a few breakfast favourites like bacon, sausage, cheese, baby spinach and some salt and pepper to taste. Take out a muffin tin and grease it using butter or olive oil. Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tins and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. The results are magic!
Another way to move away from your usual is using an everyday ingredient in a different way. Yes, milk goes into your cereal, coffee, tea and you use it in baking. However, did you know that you can use milk to get beautiful cauliflower? Boiling your cauliflower in milk instead of water will ensure your cauliflower stays a beautiful bright white. Also, cooking anything in milk will impart a richness of flavour to the dish. Find ways to incorporate milk into your cooking and baking. If you don’t use dairy, you can still use nut milks to achieve the same results. Coconut milk is especially suited for curries and stews, add some the next time you make a curry.
Our culinary practices can sometimes get to the point where fish is to water as bread is to sandwiches is a valid analogy for how we use our bread. There are so many ways we can use bread. Once in awhile, everyone should go out of their way to make bread pudding. It will make you see bread in a whole new light. Oh, and if your bread goes stale, just run it through your food processor, add some of your favourite spices and store it to use for breading later!
Oh, look. We’re talking about cauliflower again. That is because so many of us are guilty of doing the same old with cauliflower. Boiling it, steaming it, lightly sautéing it in barely there butter or throwing it into a stir fry when you have run out of ideas. There is so much more that we can do with cauliflower. Run your cauliflower florets through your food processor until it looks like rice, boil it (in milk if you have been paying attention), if you’re feeling gourmet add a bit of saffron to the milk and season it to taste. You can also use that same cauliflower that you’ve run through the processor as the base of a pizza.
This is a dare: Find an out there, fun way to use your every day ingredients.