Healthy Cooking from a Happy Mom

Basic Cooking Skills

These basic cooking skills are brought to you by my cooking idol, Gordon Ramsay.

The first skill is how to chop an onion. Remember to keep the root there. Do not chop it or else you’ll be looking at a massive crying session. Cutting it will make the onion bleed and release the stuff that makes you cry. Cut it in half, then with three fingers (one in front and the two behind), guide your knife in cutting the onion. The protruding part of your knuckle should do the guiding part. Cut the onion with nice long strokes, but don’t cut it all the way through. Then push the knife half way in the onion (length wise), then one at the top. Grip the onion together like a tennis bowl, then chop the onion.

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Next up is how to cook rice. Jasmine rice is the best choice of rice according to my cooking idol. That’s no surprise since Jasmine rice is light, fluffy, and delicious. Put 400 grams in a bowl then measure with a weighing scale. Then put it in a strainer then wash it, so that the starch and dust will be removed. As with Gordon, cold water is always best. Rinsing it will prevent it from clumping.

He then seasons it with cardamom pods, star anise, salt, and pepper. Remember the rule one part rice to one and a half water. Put in cold water. Put a lid on and bring it to a boil, then turn it down for 8-10 minutes. That’s the secret. The low fire really cooks it well.

The next skills featured in the video are how to slice a salmon, how to sharpen a knife, and how to cook the perfect pasta. Enjoy!