Ok, maybe we have gone one pun too far here, but stick with it.
Getting creative in the kitchen is definitely in fashion. Whether you cook from the heart or get all scientific with your style, the world is enjoying more and more time in their kitchens and less time in restaurants.
Soul food is a real passionate and loving cuisine which comes from Africa. Although the western world has now adopted the phrase and created their own versions. For us it evokes a feeling of warmth and love. Regardless of what country you are from, it is almost certain your culture will have it’s own version of food made from the heart, for the heart. Neo soul food is the latest to the party. With diabetics, the health-conscious and traditional all being catered for.
You don’t need a kitchen full of technology and gadgets to produce a meal to warm the soul. Simplistic cooking is the order of the day and as a result the utensils required are fairly basic in nature. A good quality set of knives are every budding chef’s best friend. Weight and size will depend on you and everyone’s idea of the best tool for the job is different. Check out this fantastic read for advice on purchasing the most important object in your kitchen. Then grab yourself a chopping board and you are already on the way to becoming a culinary king. Check out our earlier post on how to eat amazing food too.
Deep, rich flavours are key. Imagine the cooking of your grandparents or your mum. It should be as much about smell as it is about taste. It is the kind of meal that you eat propped up in the kitchen whilst talking to friends, or that you make yourself on a cold winter’s night as you sit watching an old film under a blanket. For the original soul don’t think health kick here. Starch, fat, cholesterol and calories are the unfortunate additions to most of these dishes but don’t let that put you off. A little bit of bad can be good, right? If you don’t agree then the Neo soul food recipes see coconut oil and turkey used over the more traditional butter, steak and pork. Also you can tweak the cooking methods of most recipes. Trying to cut portion size will also help but sometimes you just have to let yourself have a blow out and when food is this delicious? It’s hard not to keep going.
For some exciting recipes check out this link then get cooking. Most importantly remember that this is a textual experience too. Soul food isn’t for plates. It needs to sit in a bowl which you can cup in your hands and treasure the warmth.
Soul is something with a beat, with a passion and with a purpose. So turn up the beat in your kitchen and serve a little love in up to the people you treasure.