I’ll start Kitchen Cooking Tips #4 by talking a little bit about Recipes. The Recipe is the most widely used, needed and shared communication tool in the kitchen. It is a set of instructions for making a food dish from various ingredients, and making it the same way repeatedly every time so that the taste is always the same. You will often see Chefs on the Television as people that simply add a few items together, mix them up and they miraculously end up being a dish that dazzles everyone. This looks so easy, but more times than not, the Chef you are watching has been working with these products for years. They know exactly what they are doing and how everything will work together to reach the end results. Good food is almost always the result of established mixtures, and a knowledge of how food items interact with each other.
Recipes are often called formula’s because they make it possible for someone other than the person that created the recipe, to recreate the same item exactly the same way as the original dish. This is very important in restaurant and institutional cooking. A restaurant’s reputation is based on the foods it offers, and each item must be the same each time a client orders it. So, when you get a recipe for something that you really enjoy, follow it a couple of time before you decide to make it your own by changing some of the ingredients so you are sure how everything works together.
For today’s fruit lets take a look at Guava. This fruit is known as guayabas in Mexico. The guava tree grows to about 30 feet tall and has fragrant white flowers. Guavas are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, folic acid, as well as potassium, copper and manganese. In Mexico, we use the whole fruit for a cool drink called agua fresca, add a few ice cubes and this replaces the sodas that many families can not afford to purchase or just choose not to. Guava is also used in many Mexican candies and Desserts. They use the Guava pulp without the seeds, to make a great tequila punch. You can find the pulp in the frozen section of many Mexican grocery stores and the frozen juice section of non Mexican grocery stores. Guava juice is a nice replacement for Orange juice at the breakfast table if you use frozen juices. If you have never tried it, you are in for a nice surprise.
The Fun stuff. If you are a fisherman, head for a river. River fish must exercise more than lake fish, because they swim against the current, while most lake fish just swim around in almost still water. This exercise makes them more flavorful which you can easily test if you can catch a few smaller trout and pan fry them. Cold water fish also have more flavor because they require a little larger fat level than warm water fish, and this adds to the flavor…so grab the rod and reel, a few worms and go river fishing for some good tasting fish.
That’s it for this time……………
If you would like to learn about using herbs in your kitchen, my kindle book Herbs In The Kitchen is available at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/The Herb Book
This books contain information on herbs as well as some recipes to introduce you to some you may have not been using. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did when I was testing the recipes for the book.