I’m so glad I did because I’ve been getting some fabulous questions like this…
I just made the chicken satay curry with a soy based chicken type thing. I put it on zucchini noodles.
I love your recipes because they are wonderful as is, but also take whatever is on hand.
I added what I had and by chance happened to remember: frozen ginger, lime juice, frozen cilantro, frozen lime leaves and it was just lovely.
Do you have particular ingredients that you keep in the freezer or pantry that you add to the more simple meals on occasion to fancy them up? Thanks,
Great question Jessica!
Here are some of my favourites ingredients…
How to ‘Fancy Up’ a Simple Meal
My go-to ingredient to ‘fancy’ things up is roast nuts.
At the moment I have walnuts, macadamias, pine nuts, almonds, pecans, cashews and peanuts in the pantry. But also regularly buy hazelnuts and brazil nuts.
Seeds are awesome because they tend to be less expensive than nuts. And you don’t have to worry about the nut-allergy thing. Yet they still add loads of flavour and texture. I have linseeds (flax), sunflower seeds and sesame seeds at the moment. And occasionally buy chia seeds and pumpkin seeds (pepitas).
I also love adding cheese to give things a flavour boost like crumbled feta, blue cheese or goats cheese. Or my all time favourite – grated or shaved parmesan.
Sauces are another thing I rely on heavily. Here are some faves:
- tahini yoghurt sauce (equal parts tahini and greek yoghurt)
- miso harissa ‘ketchup’
- marcos chilli oil
- green tahini
For Asian flavours I love adding soy sauce or oyster sauce.
Also see my list of 10 ‘Secret Weapon’ Sauces.
5. A Splash of Acid
A squeeze of lemon, lime (like you used) or a splash of vinegar also works to brighten the flavours and bring your dish to life. Think about how a squeeze of lemon transforms fish and chips.
And olives are great too for adding a big flavour burst! Occasionally I also use fried capers or sun dried tomatoes.
And finally I’ve been getting into flavoured salts to serve at the table to add spice for my Irishman and me and leave the main meal small-boy-friendly. Thanks for reminding me to post my chilli salt recipe!
Keep it simple in the kitchen!
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