January is long gone and finally the month long awaited by valentines is finally here. And we here at Zoink believe it’s not just the way to a man’s heart; a tummy full of good things can make anyone fall in love. Here are some ingredients right out of your kitchen which will work some extraordinary magic into your cooking and leave your valentine guessing.. and wanting more!
You know that plain jane jar of peanut butter you have in your kitchen? Make it you secret ingredient X by adding a couple of spoons into the brothy soup to add body. Or try adding it to your meatballs instead of egg as the binder. It’ll add a Thai twist to your dishes without giving away the secret.
For your salads, we have quite a few ingredients to make it special. You can mix in 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon into your favorite chicken salad to add a subtle second flavor. Or try one of these salad dressings -
- Whisk together equal parts low-sodium soy sauce, dark brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and mustard oil for a delicious, full-bodied salad dressing.
- Mix mayo with lemon juice, minced garlic, and parsley to add to your salad, You can even use this as a dip for your starters. Or try Mayo with Madras curry powder and minced shallots for the very Indian flavor that we love!
Mayo also works wonders with your grilled and deep fried meats. Next time you are thinking of deep frying, coat fish fillets or skinless, boneless chicken breast halves with an even layer of mayonnaise before coating it with breadcrumbs. This will lock the moisture inside the meat. Then pan fry in oil as usual!
Talking of wonders, try adding cinnamon powder to your duck or pork’s spice rub for an enticing yet subtle sweetness.
And if you did read ‘Like water for Chocolate‘, you’ll know that no hot chocolate is complete without a few pinches of powdered red chilli. Yep, Red chilli in your desserts like fruit salad or bread pudding can add a wonderful complexity to the taste. Another surprising candidate is your low sodium soy sauce you use in your Chinese dishes. Create a sweet-salty dessert by stirring 1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce into homemade caramel sauce to pour over ice cream, apple pie, or cake. The end result is an amazing play on your senses.
Now here’s something that special for making the ladies veryyyy happy on valentine’s!
Next time, don’t throw away your watermelon rinds, especially if you feeling frisky! Cut the melon rinds into small parts and get the juice out of them with the help of a mixer, or a juicer. What you hold in your hand right now would be some home made, au-naturale viagra! Add some honey and serve it to your honey and watch him get into your mood! (Giggle!)
Well now that we have given away our secret love portion as well, all that remains is for you tell us how well these worked!
Ps: do you have a secret ingredient with which you add dazzle to everyday dishes? We would love it if you’d share it with us!