Curry and a Roast Dinner – Two Culinary Treats

Cooking should always be fun and exciting, yet it’s easy to fall into the routine of creating the same meals day in day out. This is especially common for people who are trying to juggle work and family life. But creating a culinary treat isn’t that hard, you just need to experiment a little.

Cooking new food doesn’t take any longer than the food you’re used to cooking, you just need to use a little extra brain power to cook it. Being experimental with food is also beneficial to your children. They’re usually fussy enough as it is when it comes to food, so introducing them to new foods from a young age will be beneficial in the long run. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration with how you can go all out when it comes to meal times, then take a little read of this article.

Two Culinary Treats

Curry

Do you ever make a curry at home and think, why does this not taste as good as a takeaway? It’s because of the way you cook it. The methods they use give you that thick rich taste that everyone knows and love. But do your kids love it? Probably not. A curry to a developing child’s palette can be a little strange. So introducing them to foods such as this from a young age can be really helpful to them in the future.

Cooking a good curry from home isn’t as hard as it may seem. Replicate what you’d have in the restaurant and you’re onto a winner. Let’s start with the starters. Indian food has bought us some amazing starters such as the famous onion bhaji. They aren’t too hard to make, but you can just as easily buy some tasty ones from the shop and pretend they’re your own if you’re pleasing guests. Then onto the curry, which will be better if you do make yourself. If you’re feeding your family and you have younger children, you definitely need to go with something mild such as a korma or tikka masala. Something sweet to catch their tastebuds will keep them interested. Both are again, pretty easy to make, you just need to have the right ingredients.

Follow a trusted online recipe and it should be ready within 20 minutes. Copper karahis are perfect for serving curry at home if you’re looking to give your meal time a traditional Indian feel.

Roast Dinner

If there’s one blessing being British has gave us, it’s the culinary treat of a traditional roast dinner. What’s not to love about them? Granted, they do seem to take a lot of time and effort to cook, but the outcome is more than worth it. Nothing beats watching a film on the sofa stuck in your food coma from the loaded Sunday lunch. They’re really easy to feed your children as well as you can pick and choose which veggies you put on their plate. It reduces mealtime tantrums massively. But again, try and introduce them to different vegetables from a young age so they don’t become too fussy.

Make sure you head to your local butchers rather than supermarket to get a good cut of meat. Lamb is one of the best meats in terms of tenderness and is so tasty to eat. You could even start prepping your veggies the night before to make the process a little easier for you. If you want to go all out, you need to go three course. An easy starter such as soup with a bread roll will be enough to get the palette warmed up. Then add a few additions to your main to keep it exciting.

A lot of people tend not to add tasty extras such as cauliflower cheese because it seems too much hassle, but it really isn’t. All you need to do is mix some flour, milk, butter, and cheese, and let it thicken in a sauce pan. Whilst that’s happening, cook your cauliflower in some boiling water for around 5 to 10 minutes, or until partially soft. Put the cauliflower into a baking dish and pour over the sauce. Sprinkle over as much cheese as you’d like and leave to cook on 200 degrees for around 25 minutes. It’s such an easy and tasty addition.

Pigs in blankets is another treat that’s hard to beat. But why do they only make an appearance on Christmas dinners? Switch it up and add them into every other roast dinner to make things a little more interesting and tastier.

Keeping dinners interesting really doesn’t have to be that hard, just switch it up and introduce new foods every so often and you’re onto a winner.

This is a contributed post.

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