Practical Cooking Tips For The Kitchen Neophyte

1. Develop a love for cooking. There's a big difference between cooking because you have to and cooking because you love to. Half of the job is done with right attitude. That attitude will be the “secret spice” which will work up the flavor of any dish you cook.

2. Learn the art of shopping. Before you could become an expert cook you have to be a scrupulous shopper first. A cook who knows where to buy the best ingredients is a winner.

3. Create an aura of good cooking in your home. Equip your kitchen with the essential cooking paraphernalia that would prove useful and handy each time you cook a dish.

4. Sell on sight. Besides the dishes, food presentation should always be tastefully done. A cook should take extra steps when arranging dishes on the table.

5. Plan ahead. Weekly menus help save one's time and money. This will give you the chance to buy ingredients and food items in one trip and store them for the next week.

6. Dare to experiment. Expert cooks come up with unique and tasty recipes because they dare to venture with the ladle. Learn to substitute ingredients.

If you're a neophyte cook, you can make the good times roll with sumptuous delights from your own kitchen. Even if you've got unexpected guests, you need not panic.

Let's try this recipe.

Nuggets Con Salsa Dulce

1/2 kilo gluten, sliced

2 pieces eggs

Salt or 2 teaspoons soy sauce

black pepper

1 cup flour and cornstarch

cooking oil for frying


1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 piece onion, chopped

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup banana catsup

2 1/2 teaspoons oyster sauce (vegetarian sauce)

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon cornstarch

salt to taste

dash of pepper


Deep fry gluten dipped in egg mixture. Set aside.

For Sauce: Saute garlic and onion. Add the next six ingredients. Let boil. Add the cornstarch mixed in water. Season with salt and dash of pepper.

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