Cooking from the heart, and from bare essentials
You do not have to go by the book to create tasty, easy, sociable food. Easy meal preparation is all about stripping cooking down to its bare essentials
using little techniques and conveniences to make the most of your recipes. It is so simple Skip the fuss and follow your heart.
Here are some tips to take the stress out of cooking, whether you are stirring up supper for your mate or hoping to impress the new in laws
Dinners in a Bag
Make these dinner bags involving glorious aluminum foil and write on them,
25 minutes at 425 F, for example, with a marker pen. Even though Jools didn t like cooking, she never had a problem with cooking the bags. I just
program the Favorites Cycle, in your microwave . Here s just one version, but feel free to vary the recipe with things like grated parsnip, smoked
bacon or red wine.
Chicken Breasts Baked in a Bag
2 7 ounce skinless chicken breasts
1 handful of dried porcini
9 ounces of mixed mushrooms, torn up
1 large wineglass of white wine
3 large pats of butter
1 handful of fresh thyme
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
Using wide aluminum foil, make your bag by placing two pieces on top of each other about as big as two shoeboxes in length, folding three sides in
and leaving one side open. Mix everything together in a bowl, including the chicken. Place in your bag, with all the wine, making sure you do not pierce
the foil. Close up the final edge, making sure it is tightly sealed and secure on the sides, and slide it onto a roasting pan. Place the pan on a high heat
for one minute to get the heat going, and then bake in the middle of a 425 degree oven for 25 minutes.
Bare Bones Cooking Techniques
If you invited friends to come round but they are running late, pop up to four plates of food in the separate warming oven. Your glorious food not only
stays warm, but also keeps the kitchen smelling wonderful until they walk in the door.
If your side dish is ready but you still have other things to cook,