Jan 19 2010
Cooking is a great pastime and is something that many people in the UK love to do. But finding the time to do it properly and ensure that you make tasty, healthy meals is often a struggle. Sometimes it's because you simply can't find the inspiration you need to come up with new things, and sometimes it's because long days at the office take their toll.
But there are ways to combat these problems and the best one of these is by using online cooking guides and online recipes. This is because, unlike traditional cookbooks that focus on a particular cuisine, a particular chef or a particular way of cooking, online recipes cover absolutely anything you like. Not only that, but online recipes are free so you no longer have to spend your money on expensive cookbooks.
Try everything from Indian curries or flavoursome stews to barbeque marinades and healthy salads by using online recipes and try something different every night. Also, with cookery guides and online recipes you can learn how to use herbs and spices in a completely new way to really make your food taste special. Why not try and recreate a dish that you make have tried overseas that you loved? Or something from a restaurant that you think you can do better yourself? Well you can with online recipes and cooking guides.
Free online recipes can also be used as a way of sticking to a healthy eating plan, which is something that most of us are thinking about as the New Year begins. Stick to your new year's resolution to get fit and healthy by eating well and learning how to cook yourself healthy meals. Cooking at home also saves you money, which is again something that most of us are pretty mindful of after an indulgent holiday period.
Using herbs and spices in your meals to liven them up is great, and on websites such as Schwartz' you can certainly find many ways to do this. But sometimes time gets away from us and we really need to whip together a quick meal. In this case then using a seasoning mix or a marinade that has been prepared for you is a great idea.
Try everything from lamb casserole to chicken biryani or Mexican chilli chicken and all you have to do is follow the recipe and enjoy. Or if you do have time to follow one of the many free online recipes or cookery guides then use dried herbs and spices that you can keep in your spice cupboard so you have them whenever you need them. Whilst fresh herbs are great, they do not last long and if you forget them then your food can be pretty tasteless.
Herbs and spices can also replace more traditional forms of flavouring like salt, sugar and butter so that your food is better for you. There are plenty of free online recipes that can help you to understand what spices and herbs go with what and how they can bring out the flavours in food. So get online and start searching for free online recipes and cooking guides and never again will you be stuck for what to do for dinner again.