—- The 6 Main Themes Covered in this Course —-
—- Making Connections —-
- How can we see the connections between various dishes and therefore figure out how to use leftover food/ingredients?
- How are the different techniques connected? If you know how make a dressing, what else can you make?
- What has a sundried tomato got to do with tomato soup? Making the connection that we can manipulate our end product simply by considering how much water we’re adding or taking away from the ingredient/dish.
—- Creating Clever Compromises —-
- What short-cuts can you use when you’re busy – and what are you sacrificing when you use that short-cut?
- What changes can you make if you want to reduce your salt, sugar, fat or calorie intake?
- What substitutions can you make if you don’t have some of the ingredients stated?
- What ‘cheat ingredients’ can you use to give a flavour boost? Food that is not quite as bad as highly processed food if you’re really pressed for time.
—- Developing Your Palette —-
- How can you see ingredients as different colours, shapes and sizes so that you can creatively to mix and match them?
- How can you notice the textures of food and learn to how to combine textures to make your meals more interesting?
- How can your food be twisted, turned inside out and upside down so that meals are exciting and delicious?
- Learn to listen to food, from the sizzle of a pan to the crunch of a crouton!
- And of course…learn to observe the taste categories – what foods are salty, sweet, sour, bitter, fatty, spicy and how can you use ingredients in each category interchangeably?
—- Honing Your Non-Cooking Skills —-
- How to clean and tidy your kitchen with less stress! Yes, not exactly sexy sounding but it really helps to nudge you to keep cooking (TV shows almost never mention this)
- How to organise your kitchen, fridge, cupboards etc.
- How to prioritise the order in which you put together to your meals
- How to shop for groceries – online and in a supermarket
- How to think about food for the week (to get the most out of what you’ve bought and your effort)
- How to take a delicious-looking photo (it’s amazing the positive reinforcement you get when you see a beautiful record of your progress!)
—- Building Positive Habits —-
- Why do we behave the way we behave? Why do we want change and yet resist making changes?
- How can we use Tiny Habits to increase our chances of success?
- Learn about the (lack of) importance of motivation
- What has our environment got to do with how we form habits?
- How can we build sustainable long-term positive habits? (Cooking or otherwise)
—- Practising Useful Principles & Techniques —-
The stuff you would usually expect from a cooking course – so we might as do these too!
- How to pan fry, steam, roast and combine these techniques – for instance: steam-fry (at least that’s what I call it)
- How to work with aromatics like onions, garlic – what makes them pungent or mild?
- How to chop (and how to minimise this activity)
- How to use equipment to make your life easier; for instance: mini-choppers, garlic presses, thermometers, blenders