Here, I look at the three cuisines I like to cook the most. These are Chinese, Indian and Italian.
I usually don't follow a precise recipe when cooking Chinese, e.g. use exact quantities of seasonings. It's more to do with techniques, i.e. part-cooking veg by boiling and then finish off cooking by frying, and the types of seasonings used, i.e. rice wine and oyster sauce is usually used for veg. You get a feel for it over time and adjust quantities of seasonings to your taste.
The best thing that Leigh makes is his Indian curry and Mushroom pilau rice. He makes the curry from scratch and it takes some time; but it's worth it in the end! I can't make these without his help, as he works between two recipes - a dopiaza and a madras one. I'm always trying to get him to combine the two recipes into one and write it up; so we can share it and anyone can follow it! One of these days I will be successful!
I was interested in finding something to cook that didn't take as long as a curry from scratch. I came across Madhur Jaffrey's Karhai chicken wings, Karhai broccoli and Coconut rice from her Curry Easy book. I like her recipes as they tend to use ingredients that I either have or can easily get hold of. They're also simple and straightforward too. I've made these dishes a few times now and they always turn out good.
|Karhai chicken wings served with (store-bought) pilau rice and peas.|
One of my fave things to make is my bolognese/lasagna! Leigh taught me how to make these - I've ran with it and now put my own take on it. I've had lots of compliments for my lasagna - it makes excellent party food! Not strictly Italian, but I also enjoy making (and eating!) meatballs/beef burgers.
Mmmmm... i'm getting hungry now!! Haha ;-) What are your favourite things to cook and bake?