With the cost of living being so high and lots of families struggling to make ends meet in this very difficult financial climate, preparing and cooking healthy meals is a challenge but a priority for most mums and dads. Fresh vegetables, fruit and other healthy food products can be expensive but if purchased wisely and used productively can be as reasonable as tinned or frozen foods. Supermarkets often have offers on their fresh food ranges so can be the best place to buy, but weekly farmers food markets can also be a great place to get your fresh, tasty fruit and vegetables. They have a wonderful supply of apples, peppers, carrots, cabbages, mushrooms, swede, and potatoes to name just a few, and their prices can be very competitive. If you have access to a car and can drive to one of these markets, then it can be well worth the effort.
When cooking your favourite stew or spaghetti Bolognese make sure you use a good quality wok or frying pan that’s got a great non-stick coating such as a Plasma polymer composite so that your carefully prepared food doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn. The best pans to buy have been treated by a specialist company such as https://www.poeton.co.uk/advanced-treatments/apticote-810-plasma-polymer-composite/ and your food will cook beautifully without any risk of sticking. Always prepare all your ingredients before you start cooking, the old adage written by Benjamin Franklin says, “Fail to prepare, Prepare to Fail” this is true in many circumstances and cooking is definitely one of those situations.
Once all your fresh ingredients are prepared you can start the cooking process, heat your oil until almost smoking before adding your onions, once they have started to brown you can add your other vegetables and meat. Take your time, introducing each item separately and giving them a chance to brown. Once all the ingredients are in the pan add your sauce or just water if preferred. Turn the heat right down so that the liquid is just simmering, pop a lid on the top and allow to cook thoroughly. Don’t forget to stir your food occasionally and taste a little on a teaspoon. Add gravy browning or granules to thicken if required and serve piping hot onto heated plates with some fresh, home baked crusty bread.