If you get the feeling that you constantly cook the same meals with the same taste, despite all your intentions to try something new or at least lend colour to your diet, don’t be alarmed. There are external and internal factors that can affect the taste of your meals – not cleaning the build-up grime in the oven falls in the first category. Using the right or the wrong spices is the internal one. Here come 5 base ingredients from Oven Clean Team, which can change drastically the taste of any dish.
Those spices will not only allow for continuing cooking the same way as before and as your family loves it. However, this time, they will add some new, interesting and exotic sensation to you and everyone around you.
If you are captivated by Japan and China, then soy sauce and sesame oil are your ingredients
If you want to stir-fry quickly, instead of taking your time for an oven roast chicken, grilled fish or steak, you only need to marinade the meat in a mixture of two tablespoons of soy sauce and sesame oil for an hour. Most of the Asian dishes are fast, easy and require no oven chamber cleaning, as they are cooked on the hob. Fresh ginger and garlic add up well to the taste. In order to have a full-time Asian dish, serve extra rice, too. Garnish with diced fresh green onion to spice up your imagination.
In order to taste India and Thailand, try with coconut
Replace the cooking cream with coconut milk for all kinds of sauces, stews or soups. If you add a dash of curry to the milk, for example, in a chicken stew, pumpkin or carrot soup, the dishes will get a rich Indian flavour. You can include a bit of basil, chilli, coriander or even lemon grass to the milk, when you cook rice, pasta, meat or vegetables. This way, you will receive a Thai-inspired meal.
If the exotics of the Near East attracts you, add cumin
The secret of the great taste of the Eastern cuisine is hidden in the mixture between different local spices. The most typical and standing-out from which – the cumin. Only a spoonful is all you need for chicken or lamb meals, fish, vegetable soups or stews, or roasts. This way you will add a smoky flavour, too. You can also mix dried cumin with a dash of coriander, red pepper, ginger, onion or garlic for a greater effect.
If you are a fan of the Spanish and Hungarian cuisines, red pepper will do you a great job
The red pepper is a universal spice, which is widely use in Europe – from Spain to Hungary. You can try wit regular or spicy, or even with the smoky Spanish pimenton. All of them can be found on the spice stand in the supermarket. Two tablespoons of pepper add richness to the stew, the sauce or the ragout. The red pepper also goes with fish, red meat, chicken or vegan meals.
What kind of spices do you use to change the flavour of your dishes? The Oven Clean Team would love to hear them in the comments below.