March was a huge month for me! I got accepted into culinary school, moved to a new state, and broadened my culinary view with new people, new food and new experiences! As my first post ever, I thought I would start it off with a monthly favorites for March. Future monthly favorites posts will generally contain a mixture of the following: a cookbook, recipes, possibly a cooking website or blog, kitchen gear and gadgets, movies, quotes, a featured ingredient, TV Shows, and possible a spotlight on a chef.
1. Flavor Bible
“The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs”
I asked my mom and dad to get me this for Easter and boy am I glad they came through! This book is a complete game changer for my kitchen and cooking. It helps any cook look into the different flavor profiles for any food. It is typed into an index style format so it is wonderful to reference. I have referenced it a few times since Easter and it really has elevated my recipes and flavors. It gives examples of unique flavor pairings that most people would not ever dream of. My favorite section thus far is the vinegar section. It describes each vinegar and its purpose, its intensity, and its uses in recipes. Every cook should have this, if not just to look at and learn. I provided a link to Goodreads with reviews and more information on the book.
2. Poached Eggs
How glorious is a perfectly runny egg? Lately, I have been obsessed over these brunch MVPs. The best part of eating a poached eggs is breaking into the yolk. It’s almost like golden lava, just oozing and pouring out over an english muffin, and drizzled with hollandaise. Sounds yummy, right? Most people would be intimated to make such a delicious meal, but the picture on the left was my very first try at poached eggs, and they turned out wonderfully set and tasty! I found a way to not only make one perfectly poached egg but four at the same time!
I never want to deter people away from following my blog, but this website is full of information and infographics that are so handy and helpful, I have some on my refrigerator. During the month of March, I put together a binder with all my favorite spice guides, sauce charts, ingredient lists etc, and they gave me ideas and information that helped me. You have to create an account, but it is free and it gives you access to all of their charts and content. That is the best part right, ITS FREE! Please go and check them out, it is worth the time and printer ink!
4. Cooked on Netflix by Michael Pollan
This is probably my most favorite thing from March. This four-part series is based on Michael Pollan’s book, and is really for anyone of us, especially the foodies of the world. Not to give too much information away, but he titles each episode after the four natural elements: Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Each episode connects the element to cooking, and how it shapes our world today. The show explores the different methods of cooking, along with their evolutionary and cultural impact on humankind and how it, inevitably, gears our world.
Netflix describes it as:
“As he tries his hand at baking, brewing and braising, acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world.”
Michael Pollan does an amazing job acting as the narrator. He tackles vegetarian diets and even gluten-free diets, which I found interesting. Make sure to watch it. It will change the way you think about cooking and food in general.
5. Curry and Indian Food
To anyone afraid to try Indian food, you should be.
After tasting and experiencing curry and all of its wonder, you will be addicted. The first time I tried curry, I was at a Nawab, which you have ever been to one, do not base all Indian food off of that experience. I found the curry to be very bitter and potent and overwhelming at times during my meal there. I ordered a lamb dish with curry, and if my experience with curry wasn’t bad enough, my lamb came out gray and chewy. YUCK! My boyfriend to this day will still eat Indian food, and its a real shame.
I decided one day to tackle curry and make my own dish, just because I heard so many good things about it. I made a mild curry dish, which consisted of coconut milk, shrimp and curry sauce over coconut rice topped with toasted coconut and scallions. All I can say, is Wow! I even impressed myself with how delicious it turned out. I make it all of the time now and it is a staple in my family meals. Now I add curry like I would salt and pepper to my dishes. I will even heat up a can of cream of chicken or shrimp soup and add curry to add more depth and flavor. It’s a very simple meal, packed with flavor.
6. The Hundred Foot Journey
I could write an entire page on this movie. It is one of my all time favorite movies. Apparently, the movie is based on the book by Richard C. Morais.
The movie is about an Indian cook, Hassan Kadam, and his family who are forced to move from their home in India to France. Their family owned a restaurant at their home and they decide to open up in France as well right across a Michelin Star french restaurant. My favorite part of the movie is how Indian food and flavors mingle with classical French cuisine and how the marriage of flavor happens. It is an amazing movie and I cannot stop watching it. I obviously recommend it! Right now, I think it is on Hulu so make sure to watch it!
That finishes my favorites for the month of March! Make sure to check out my next favorites post for April coming up in May! Also make sure to check out the recipes from this post!