Many people ask me how I can whip up variety of dishes so easily.
It’s because I have many pre-prepped food that can be used in many different things.
For example, when my sister-in-law, and her family was visiting, I was able to whip up a Turkish Eggplant dip in less than 5 min. If you make from scratch, this would take well over 1 hour.
Yesterday, I made a spicy Spanish omelet for breakfast in less than 10 min. It would take about 45 min to one hour if you follow a normal recipe.
For lunch, I made flavorful Moroccan style Chickpea & Chorizo Chowder for quick lunch. Time required? To heat up the soup, about 5 min as well. If you make this from scratch, this too could take quite a while.
So why I can make these dishes that take a long time so quickly? All from scratch!
“Is she really a wizard?”
No… I wish!
It’s all because I grilled extra eggplants when we BBQ a few days before, and saved the flesh in the fridge.
It’s all because when I was making clam with chorizo dish, I saved some sautéed onion and chorizo mixture before adding the clams, and kept it in the fridge. All I did was adding that and (also leftover) sautéed potatoes to beaten eggs. All I did for the chowder is to add can of garbanzo beans and chicken broth (or even water!) to the chorizo mix and heat it up and puree with a stick blender.
Now you can see how many different varieties of dishes you can create by combining these leftovers and some other things you have in your pantry, fridge or freezer.
That’s why I am able to cut so much time from cooking the next time.
This is quintessence of Kitchen Wizard style cooking.
You can do the same. Always keep leftovers to repurpose into many other dishes, so cooking & eating will be always a breeze and fun. Even when you don’t have time. You’ll impress your family and friends for sure.
It’ll be like a magic! You too will feel like a wizard.
And never underestimate the power of leftovers!