I admire people who can plan their weekly and monthly meals ahead, cook once a month and are prepared for every eventuality in the kitchen. Alas, I am not like that. For me, the kitchen is a little playing field and sometimes, I don’t know what I am going to be playing with. Most meals are created and made on the spur of the moment, and the ones I plan ahead, I find I am dreaming about them the night before thinking and planning how I am going to make them the following day. It too exhausting!
However, batch cooking works well for me. It saves me cooking on days I am working or just don’t feel like it. I am prepared for unexpected guests and I can spend quality time with the family and friends.
Buy seasonal fresh vegetables and fruit
- make individual portion smoothie bags, fruit snacks for kids;
- blanch and chop up regular vegetables, i.e. carrots, green beans, ginger, garlic, green chillies, peppers;
- do a quick fry on chips and freeze them in individual portions;
- stuff vegetables ready for a curry, i.e. karelas, aubergines, peppers;
- make fresh base curry, tomato base for curries and freeze ahead;
- make curries, pies, samosas, kebabs and freeze ahead
Leftover chana dal makes delicious missi rotis the next day, for breakfast or for lunch. Serve them with a knob of butter on top, some creamy natural yogurt and a spicy mango pickle, with a cup of chai to wash it all down with. A traditional and easy breakfast. The concept of this is, to … Continue reading Missi roti using Chana dal
I have green beans on my list of ‘must-eat’ twice a week, so I find innovative ways of incorporating it into dishes. I chop up a batch into small pieces and pop them in the freezer, ready to use at any time. 1 small bag of green beans (mine were out of the freezer, so … Continue reading Green beans stir fry with sesame
By Zahida Yunis Ramzan I am delighted to have permission to use the picture taken by Zahida Yunis Ramzan and share her recipe for the Moroccan Harira Soup as detailed below (Makes 6-8 servings) Ingredients: 1 lb stewing beef, cut into small 1/2 inch cubes 1 onion, chopped finely 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 3 … Continue reading Moroccan Harira Soup
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