Cooking is all about creativity and passion. This creativity comes out more than ever than when experimenting with recipes or ingredients leftover in your pantry. But sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to do with your leftover ingredients, it can take a while to get those creative juices going.
Here are a few tips to start up your creativity in the kitchen.
Google is a huge database of resources for cooking and creativity. If you are left with a bunch of leftover ingredients, just Google them to see what you can do with them. If you have a certain recipe, and you’re wondering if the ingredients you have can replace others and whether or not they will work, just Google it. If you Google the ingredient and the name of the recipe, you should be able to find recipes containing that specific ingredient.
Vegetables can be used in nearly anything
Vegetables can be used in just about any dish. Whether it be soup, pasta, Chinese, or anything, vegetables can and will be included. Most varieties of vegetables will not alter the flavor of the original recipe and can be used for added nutrition or food. Common sense is needed when adding to certain dishes, but most vegetables are a pretty safe bet.
Stick to adding only one herb at a time
When adding fresh herbs to a recipe, it is important to stick to adding just one. Herbs create a very strong and distinctive flavor, and as result, it can be very obvious when two or more herbs have been mixed. Adding too many herbs can alter the flavor more than you want.
It’s okay to fail sometimes
When experimenting with food and flavors, it is almost certain at some point that it will taste bad or odd. This is part of the process and will ultimately make you a better chef as you start to realize what works and what doesn’t.
These tips can help you to improvise in the kitchen, and if you experiment enough, you will be a better chef for it.