November 17th, 2018

From Our Table: Rocking recipe reading

By Medicine Hat News on May 22, 2018.

Reading recipes can sometimes be a bit of a challenge depending on how they are written. They basically have their own language. A well-written recipe gives you good guidance towards putting a recipe together with successful succulent results.

Here are some savvy tips to help you out courtesy of “Dietitians of Canada- Cook!” Book.

1. Read the recipe all the way through from start to finish before you do anything else. This way you will know what you need for ingredients and tools to make the recipe. It will also show you the timing and order each step of the recipe requires.

2. A recipe should show the number of servings it makes. Be sure to note their servings it makes and adjust accordingly. If you need more servings multiply the recipe to meet your needs. Conversely, if you need less divide the recipe to make less or just make as is and plan for leftovers. For example, if the recipe makes 8 servings and you have 4 people just divide it in half. If it makes 6 servings and you have 15 people either triple the recipe and have a few leftovers or second helpings or you can multiply the recipe by two-and-a-half.

3. Any special equipment you need should be listed at the top of the recipe.

4. Ingredients should be listed in the order in which they are used to make it easy to follow.

5. Recipes are just guidelines but the first time you try a new recipe it’s a good idea to make it exactly the way it says then taste it and adjust it to your liking for the second time you make it. My recipe books have a lot of writing in them for changes I make.

6. When a recipe calls for a teaspoon or tablespoon use the actual measuring utensil not the ones you use for eating.

7. If a recipe gives you both metric and empirical measurements use all of one or the other. Don’t mix and match or you may compromise the results.

8. The order of words in an ingredient list is important. It tells you about how the ingredient is prepared. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of nuts, chopped that is different from 1 cup of chopped nuts. If it says 1 cup of nuts, chopped it means 1 cup of whole nuts and then you chop them up. If it says 1 cup chopped nuts you chop them first then measure 1 cup of chopped nuts.

9. Look for any tips that go with the recipe such as where to find certain ingredients or how to store the food, etc.

10. The oven temperature to preheat the oven is usually listed at the top. Be sure to start with this so the oven will be ready to use as soon as you have prepared the food.

Have fun. Food should be enjoyed both when preparing it and when eating it. Crank up the tunes, prepare your favorite beverage and start dancing through the kitchen!

Joanne Smith is a registered dietitian.

Strabrhubapp Crisp

It’s rhubarb season and what do you get when you combine spring fresh rhubarb with succulent strawberries and tart Granny Smith apples? Pure deliciousness! The only thing even better would be to serve it warm with a dollop of our own local Swirls ice cream. You might think you’ve just tasted a little piece of heaven.

Preheat oven to 375 F

Combine the following in a bowl:

4 peeled, cored and sliced Granny Smith apples

2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries

2 cups sliced rhubarb

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbsp orange juice

In another bowl combine the following until it is well mixed and looks like course crumbs.

1 cup quick cooking oats

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 cup butter

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick spray

Pour in fruit mixture and spread evenly

Sprinkle oat topping evenly over fruit

Bake for 35-45 minutes or I til fruit is tender and topping g is golden brown.

Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings

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