No time to cook

What happens when you have no time to cook but still want to update your blog? You grab interesting cooking stuff you found off the internet.

  1. Rules for spending less on food
  2. Product review of a precision cooker: The Heston Cue
  3. Korean Cooking Variety Show: Chef and My Fridge

Snippets of each link :]

1. You Know You Have A Food Shopping Problem When:

  • You constantly have things going bad in your fridge.
  • You buy $9 salad dressings because of the fancy, well-designed label. (or just cos the recipe calls for it)
  • You eat meat with most home-cooked meals, as if it weren’t expensive and bad for the environment. (But vegetables are expensive too!)
  • You shop for the kind of cook you want to be, not the cook you actually are, and you buy way too many ambitious items you don’t know what to do with. (LOL)
  • You show up at the grocery store after work, with the intention of buying ingredients for dinner, and end up getting food from the prepared food section because you’re too hungry to wait. (Guilty!)
  • You splurge on something a Pinterest recipe calls for, instead of finding a cheaper substitute. (The struggle is real.)

Click on the link to see what the solutions to these problems are.

2. The Heston Cue

You know, it’s just some fancy apparatus you can purchase once you get rid of your food shopping problem. USD 650 to be exact. While I am in no hurry or even excited by this, I think it’s interesting how it’s a step in the direction of cooking with tech. So if you thought a sous vide was cool, this one lets you do fancy stuff with a pan and precision.

Heating a pan full of sugar, while not necessarily difficult, requires attention. Give it too much power too quickly and the sugar can scorch. Many traditional recipes get around this by either waiting it out over very low heat, or mandating the use of a candy thermometer. With the Cue’s app controlling the temperature and intensity as you use it to follow the recipe, it gives you the confidence that you won’t overshoot.

2. Chef and my Fridge

I chanced upon this because Netflix served it to me based on my watching of shows like Terrace House and Chef’s Table (I presume).

The first half of each episode plays like a talk show, with the hosts interviewing the two celebrity guests. If you’re more interested in the cooking than the lives of Korean TV personalities, you might be inclined to skip ahead to the second half of the show, where the real competition starts.

The limited and common ingredients force chefs to flex their creativity, cooking up a meal in a pinch that encourages viewers to follow along at home if they’re feeling particularly creative and adventurous. For example, in the first episode, a package of cinnamon biscuits is pulverized in a food processor to create cinnamon powder, the outer dusting for a churro-like fried tofu snack.

I used to watch a lot of Korean dramas, love Korean food and Maangchi’s Korean food recipes. I just don’t really watch Korean variety shows. While the concept is interesting,  I’m not entirely convinced or addicted to the series just yet. However, I do think it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for cooking ideas or are into Korean variety shows.

That’s all folks!

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