I love good food and I so love to prepare good food. I will not say that I am a good cook but I am learning and may attain that status someday. My wonderful mother is always so lovely and willing to let me try new things. I thought that I would quickly share something that I have learned. It is very obvious that to make a wonderful dish you must have the very best of ingredients. As I cook more and more I have found a few ingredients – seven to be exact – that are not only essential to a good dish, but with which you can make almost anything taste good. I thought that I would share these:
Salt, pepper, olive oil, butter, lemons, garlic, and onions.
You can dress every meat and vegetable that I have run across with these ingredients: vegetables sauteed in butter with a little onion or garlic, chicken breasts rubbed with olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, and pepper before cooking (or grilling) . . . The list goes on. Olive oil and butter are also delicious on a thick slice of a good crusty loaf of bread. Of course with regards to olive oil, make sure that you have the very best extra virgin cold pressed oil.
About lemons: I personally love Meyer lemons – they are almost sweet. We have a beautiful Meyer lemon tree in our dining room that has many little baby lemons all over it. I can not wait for them to ripen!
As I mentioned above, I am just beginning to cook and am thus very inexperienced. If you have any helpful hints or other ingredients that you can not cook without, please let me know! I always love to learn new things.
Still life by Helen Simmonds, found here.