I find it very lame if you cannot cook certain basic things at the age of 26. Don't matter if you are a boy or a girl: You have failed in my book. And I appreciate your sandwiches, your terrible scrambled egg, and that one incredibly hard dish that for some reason you decided to learn, but if making pasta is still a mystery, so we have a lot to learn!
Instead of giving you recipes, I want to give you tips, that someone between the ages of 25-30 should know like the back of their hands. Most importantly I want to make sure that you are no longer scared to go into the kitchen and take care of yourself! And the more tricks you learn, the easier it is gonna be to shop for yourself and healthier you are gonna get. So here we go!
First of all, anything you do: but a toothpick in it. Done. It is now refined, it looks yummy and people want as much as they can fit into their mouths. You know what I am talking about, you are now recalling the last time you had an appetizer that was just bite size and it had a toothpick. It was yummy, wasn't it?
So, let us say that you are indeed over 26, and you have a lot of friends that you love to have over. You might even organize a dinner party and have actually no idea how to cook: you are in luck! People prefer bite-size options (with their alcohol) rather then a three course meal (well... most of them). Eating big and warm meals pushes everyone in the direction of a good nap and the best way to avoid that is to have small things, especially in an afternoon or dinner parties.
The easiest way to look at entrees or appetizers, is to take your favorite foods and transform them to one bite:
- Mozzarella squares and a cherry tomato (you can add olives for an Italian mix);
- Meatballs and cheese square (who needs the pasta? It's just extra calorie! And some frozen meatballs are perfects for the job. For an added extra: put them in the oven a bit together, so the cheese melts onto the meatball);
- Fried veggies with any fresh vegetable (the deep fried veggie options are just to die for, cauliflower, mushroom, broccoli, zucchini, and having that fresh vegetable give it and extra crunch helps to chew properly instead of just showing everything into your mouth. Think cucumbers, cherry tomatoes or bell peppers);
- Cheese cubes with grapes (really, any cheese is good with a bit of sweetness);
- Variations of cheese.
The only thing missing at this point is a nice dip! That is right, aside from pretending that the bite size appetizer do not count as calories, we also love to have dips, and here you can choose from a hundred different variations. I love my dips with sour cream, add a bit of fresh onion (chopped tiny) with salt-pepper and maybe some mayo or grated cheese. The best thing about the sour cream is that it is not heavy, it will lift the taste of your food, and it will also show that you didn't only put toothpicks into things... Here I would like to remind you that stores have a lot of pre-made salsa for nacho chips, if that is closer to your palate in liking get that! However, make sure you learn to make your own! Sauces are the easiest thing, and well, store-bought ones contain a lot of sugar and preservatives your body is better without. This is probably the best excuse you will ever get to learn to make guacamole.
Finally, I will give you my best savory tip: You do not have to prepare anything as long as you provide a lot of options on the table. Use small bowls (preferably the same size and manufacturer) and add in the olives, cheese, fruits, vegetables, chips, peanuts, sausage bites, anything really, from the cheapest snacks to the fanciest delicacies, served this way, there is a certain elegance that will fool everyone. If you put in the effort you cannot go wrong! (Please, do not just put out a bag of chips in the bag still... nobody will want to open it as it is rude. Show to your guests that you are happy to have them.)
Do not forget that something sweet can equally go onto the toothpick! A new favorite of mine is cooking vanilla pudding and putting it into an ice tray, let it cool, and bake any kind of cake (brownie is the best), cut it up bite size, put the vanilla pudding cube on top and fix it in with a toothpick. I am telling you that people will love eating over at your place! (Equally fresh fruit goes wonderful with any baked good, if this recipe is too much for you right now, no problem, just take note of it.)
Now, get cooking! The challenge is going to be about eight entries over the month of April and I am going to give you as many tips as I can. Please, if you try out anything new just add it in the comments and let me know how it went! The quarantine is a perfect time for you to discover if you can or cannot cook. I do believe that everyone can learn how to cook, and if you have bought up all of those kilos of flour, you might as well learn what to do with them!
- Mozzarella kockák koktélparadicsommal (és olívabogyóval, ha valami olaszosra vágynál)
- Fasírtgolyók sajtkockákkal: Nem kell hozzá a tészta, az csak plusz kalória. Fagyasztott fasírtgolyókból is hamar össze lehet dobni, és nagyon finom lesz. Ha még egy csavart is tennél bele, dobd be a sütőbe a sajttal együtt, így a tetejére olvad!
- Sült és friss zöldségek vegyesen: A legjobbak a panírozott zöldségek , mint a karfiol, gomba, brokkoli, cukkíni. Ha ezekhez hozzáadsz egykét friss zöldséget, roppanósabb lesz, és az ízélmény is különlegesebb. Uborkát, koktélparadicsomot és paprikát érdemes frissen tálalni.
- Sajtkockák szőlővel: az égvilágon bármilyen sajthoz passzol ez az édes-savanyú gyümölcs
- Különböző sajtokból összeállított tál.