When cooking vegetables, timing is usually key. The fork test is the difference between a perfectly cooked brussel sprout and a pile of mush. Overcooked vegetables are such a turn off and can actually ruin a dish.
Often in my recipes I will tell you to fork test your food after a certain amount of time. In the case of most vegetables, it simply means pressing the fork gently into the food and seeing how easily the fork should slide through. Too much resistance means your veggies are still a little raw.
As a general rule, look for the thickest portion of the product your are testing. If the fork slides through easily, you know that all your veggies are likely cooked. When a recipe tells you to cook for a certain time, begin fork testing 5 minutes earlier than their suggested time just in case!
It's a simple tip for enjoying perfectly cooked vegetables every time!
This recipe is actually a really fun take on traditional lasagne. We still have noodles, we still have sauce, and we still have cheese, but in a fun and fresh way!
Good morning everyone!
I just wanted to let you all know that my recipe posts will probably slow down a little in the next little while as I will be in between jobs. Stick with me though as I will make sure to continue posting and staying active on TWITTER and FACEBOOK.
Thank you all so very much for visiting!
Here's what's coming up for next week!
1. My Zucchini Lasagne is a hit! Layers of cheesy bean salad stuffed between sliced zucchini and baked under a delicious, bubbly layer of cheese. So delicious and a nice twist on traditional lasagne.
2. Next up, a super simple and fresh Israeli Salad. All it takes is a few simple ingredients and a finishing touch of lemon juice for a light, refreshing salad. You will love how simple it is!
3. Finally, gorgeous Savoury Stew Tarts! Although this dish is quite time consuming, it`s worth every second of labour in the end. A beautiful vegetable stew slow cooked and filled in to tarts and topped with simple, sage infused mash. These tarts are gorgeous to look at and so delicious! I`m excited about sharing this one with you all!
Save room in your bellies this week for seconds!
Looking for a delicious snack?
LOOK NO FURTHER!
Roasted Chickpeas are so delicious and satisfying, everyone will love them! I used a very simple seasoning blend which enhanced the nuttiness of the roasted chickpeas. Don't be afraid to play around with spices and herbs when it comes to seasoning because these taste great with all sorts of flavours!
Head to the RECIPES tab for this crispy, satisfying, snack idea!
There's something comforting about the Slow Cooker, just the thought of a warm, slow cooked meal makes me smile. In this case, it's all about being a little naughty!
The slow cooker also churns out some wicked dips that require nothing more than tossing ingredients in and waiting! This dip is sinfully creamy, loaded with fresh spinach, and so comforting. The idea of eating the entire thing yourself is not quite so comforting so make sure to serve for guests! :P
Growing up, my mother made the most delicious roasts and lining the bottom of the roasting pan were the drippings, and delicious, savoury roasted potatoes and carrots. Those vegetables were beyond delicious. Well seasoned, saturated in flavour, and roasted to a tender perfection, they were always my favourite part of the meal.
Roasting vegetables can be achieved so many different ways depending on how you intend to use them. As a general rule of thumb; uncovered at high temperatures will give you a crispy outside (think crispy potato wedges!) or a charred exterior (roasted red peppers) and covered at a lower temperature will roast things to a tender state (roasted carrots, roasted eggplant just as examples.)
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Dedicated Foodie. Proud Vegetarian. Recipe Creator. Friend to all Animals.