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The basic food recipe

‘What to eat today’ may be the most frequently asked question. Indeed, the cooking niche is very rich in recipes and food kinds that would make such a question quite care-making for some individuals.  Let’s suppose there is a basic food recipe that may suit most of people who may vary in their health conditions, nutritional needs and eating preferences. In order to answer this important question we need a recipe-oriented classification of food stuffs that are ordinarily included in food preparation ‘cooking’. Such classification would rely on the energy content and the serving type of the food items:

1- Basic recipe items, wheat and rice

2- Pot-cooked plants: potatoes, zucchini, aubergine, etc.

3- Salad and flavor plants: tomatoes, herbs, onion, garlic etc.

4- Oils: olive, maize etc.

5- Animal food: milk, cheese, meat, eggs and fish

I suggest a basic food recipe as follows:

Poached (boiled) rice, poached vegetables, tomato salad with one lemon and one flavoring herb like green thyme, and 100 g meat (optional).

General remarks:

1- Because such a ‘basic food recipe’ can be not always affordable besides the need to take other kinds of foods like milk and vegetable oils, it may be put once or twice in the weekly food time table.

2- Always cook the meat (or chicken) in a separate pot. Don’t cook or add it to the poached vegetables. The later should be always true vegetarian to pass all individuals and all day time.

3- Avoid adding any sort of dried flavorings including table salt that may be health-wise not suitable for some individuals. Instead, we can depend on a fresh lemon or some green tasty and healthy plant like thyme for example (Don’t exceed the amount you need because such food herbs can be dose-linked in their action).

4- Don’t use more than one kind of flavoring plants in one pot-cooking, e.g. onion and garlic together, this would be either not tasty or embarrassing for your digestion.

5- Drink the normal water shortly before your meal in order to avoid immediate water drinking after you are done.

6- When you serve your own dish (or have it served for you) make sure you have somewhat less than what you usually eat. Because in case you think you need a bit more after you finish your first serving (a common occurrence), you may leave your place or ask the host for an additional small serving (rice, vegetable, etc.). This scenario would usually end up with better appetite and maybe less overall eating for those who cannot help overeating.

7- Avoid having a dessert after your basic food recipe. You can instead have a fresh (not chilled and sugarless) juice.

8- Eat slowly.

9- When possible eat while being seated.

10- “Make your food your medicine”.

Recipe steps in pictures:

1- Starting items 20150519_234859 20150519_182709 20150519_18264420150519_183953 (A small spoonful vegetable oil on the served tomato or vegetables is optional.)

2- The cooking process 20150519_182844 20150519_182753 20150519_192830 3- Serving form 20150519_193103 Good appetite 🙂

The kitchen – an intro

For me the kitchen was and is still a sign of luxury and richness. That is the concerned place where an elegant oven and large granite bench with wood cupboard and many machines and cooking tools and equipments. This would be a typical kitchen as the word would mean.  Although not everybody may be warranted such opportunity, the fondness of cooking and making healthy and good recipes seems to be inherent to some people regardless their financial and socioeconomic level. Cooking is an art, talent and science. The most noticeable reason why some people cook well, in my opinion, is that they really like it. These people are greatly good-spirited, generous and kind.

Being a science the cooking relies on the philosophy of promoting health on both spiritual and bodily levels. The eye eats, and so does the nose. It is not surprising to notice that the healthy food fulfills three basic criteria, a good shape, a good smell and a good taste. Accordingly, the food must comply with the current needs of the individual as whether to maintain good energy supply, exceptionally higher vitamins or to help overcome some illness. Indeed, such awareness of the healthy food and the diet manipulations that suit the different health and disease conditions should make a very valued difference in leading a happy and successful life. The term lifestyle is becoming more and more familiar and implies the impact of the usual life activities such as food, movement and free time on one’s health and happiness. In the past when people used to eat almost raw and little processed food and when they worked almost manually from the dawn to the sunset, they enjoyed much healthier and maybe also lengthier lives.

That is why deciding to cook and make food is a quite serious thing. It is even not less serious than conducting an experiment in the laboratory; kitchen safety, strict cleaning, cooking bench, work plan, time monitor, good observation, assessing results, feedback and continuous refinement. The question is not that one would be a professional cook but more to consider healthy food to maintain health and help overcome illness and as a means of fun for those who like doing it by themselves.

Tip: Cook only when you have the sufficient energy all through the whole job and of course when you have the good mood for cooking.

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