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Forum Filter: Simplify Cooking

Posted by medliorator on July 12, 2009

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by typography: I’d like to get into cooking but all my attempts so far have been defeated by one of three things:
-Too much cleanup.
-Too much time.
-Too much equipment or too many special ingredients.
Is there a cuisine I can learn that alleviates some or all of these concerns?

Ritchie: I was going to suggest Italian, as I like being able to put together the absolute basic essentials of pasta, olive oil, and garlic (and, usually, onion) in about 15 minutes with minimal cleanup (2 saucepans and a colander)

telstar: Two cuisines spring to mind: Mexican (the original fast food) and Middle eastern(falafel, hummus), the latter tastes just as good after storing in the fridge, so you can make up a bunch and then coast on your efforts. For Mexican, I like tacos. Make and store taco components, then hunger-to-cooking-to-eating time is minimal.

Kololo: Most asian food is by definition about ‘fast cooking’. Buy pre-cut veggies (if you really want to eliminate that ‘chopping’ step), a selection of chinese-ish sauces or flavourings, and keep some sliced up protein your freezer, and you can make stir-fry or soup in less than 15 minutes, with nothing but one saucepan/frying pan/wok to clean up.

desuetude
: My “not requiring thought” dinners revolve around this basic pattern: Saute onion or garlic or shallot or ginger or all three in oil. Add veg or meat or both. Add whatever spices are desired. Meanwhile, make some sort of grain or starch (Bulgar, pasta, risotto, basmati, whatever.) Combine, possibly add cheese, season well with salt and pepper.

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