3 Things To Know About Cooking

Hello food lovers! I’m just gonna start out this post by saying that I love food (of course), but I am not the most experienced cook out there. I am still young and plan on learning about tons of cooking tips. So, with this blog I’ll share recipes and new things I’m learning as well to help other beginning cooks that may be overwhelmed by all the gourmet and pro-chef blogs/websites/videos/etc. Although I’m not a pro (yet), there are a few things I’d wish I’d known before I became more interested in food and cooking.

First of all, this comes with many things in life as well… learn from your mistakes. When you cook something and it doesn’t turn out how you wanted it to turn out it will be disappointing, no doubt. I remember baking cookies with my mom as a little kid and if they ended up being burnt I would be super bummed out. But when we made delicious, home made cookies there was no greater feeling for four year old me. (Here’s a simple cookie recipe along with some cookie trouble shooting tips:) http://www.countrycrock.com/crockcountry/media/777400/soft-chewy-sugar-cookies?gclid=CPGRvp26sMECFWMZ7AodAjgAjQ&gclsrc=ds) Learning something new will always be a challenge, but that’s what makes it interesting and fun. There’s nothing like failing once or multiple times and finally getting it done right. The struggle is definitely worth the satisfaction in the end. So don’t give up and very time you fail, get back to it! Practice really does make perfect.

cooking success

Another thing I wish I’d known from the beginning, which is more technical but very important is to always make sure you have the right utensils. Before starting a new recipe or a complex one you should make sure you have the correct utensils. There’s nothing worse than having all your ingredients laid in front of you and then noticing at the last second that you don’t even have a cookie sheet or some PAM. So very basic yet important cooking tip: Make sure to have the right utensils before you start any cooking!! Here are some cooking utensils to complete your kitchen with: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/tools-products/cookware-bakeware/kitchen-tools-checklist

Lastly, I wish I had known more about measurements. In some cases measurements are key and have to be exact or else you could ruin the dish, but in other cases you barely have to pay attention at all. For example with your stereotypical boxed mac n’ cheese, when I was younger I took the instructions way too seriously. I’d always get out the measuring cup for water and take like 10 minutes longer than usual just trying to find it. But with non-serious things like this you can just eye it and guess. For more serious dishes like creme brulee or other fancy deserts, you have to make sure your measurements are correct or it could throw off your whole creation. Alright, last basic cooking tip of the day: Be aware of your measurements and measure exactly when the time is right!

Here are some more cooking tips for you from some of the best chefs in the country ~ http://www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/articles/100-greatest-cooking-tips-of-all-time.html

 

Well thanks every one! Until next time,

-Sofa

 

 

Food for Students

Hey guys! Before I start on this, I just need to apologize. I’m so sorry for not posting recently! Don’t worry though, from this post on I promise to keep blogging about your food related needs. Alright, anyways…food. As, I explained in my intro post, I am in high school. The biggest problem for me and most other students who want to have a delicious and enjoyable eating experience is…mulaaa. Money. When I go to a restaurant I always want to try something special or something that has been recommended to me. I hate not buying something because of the price, but let’s face it some things are just way more expensive than they should be. I mean six dollars for a flavored water? Really? My point is, I think that more restaurants/cafes that are located near schools should have student discounts or just lower the price of some of their items in general. If a restaurant near a school gives discounts to students or lowers some of their prices, they will undoubtedly get more service. More people will buy the food, so it’s a win-win situation. The customer pays less and still enjoys the food, and the restaurant earns more money!

student discount
Another thing that I think would be great for students is something new. High school kids love to talk and bringing something new to the area or to a restaurant would have them talking for at least a few days, depending what it is. The restaurant will get free advertising and the word will spread like wildfire. Even just one new thing on the menu could get people lining up outside. Especially something cool and different that people want to try, but nothing too disturbing. A different flavor of ice cream for example, maybe something a little more exotic would catch a customer’s attention right away.

ice cream

Another new thing for students that they would love would be a completely new place. A new, cool restaurant or cafe near a school would inevitably create lines out the door and interested customers. Having a safe, fun place to hangout is also really nice for kids. An acaii cafe opened sometime last year in my neighborhood and it’s been popular ever since. It’s different and has a great environment that people of all ages love. Things like this are always nice for the community and people love it.

Alright well thanks guys for visiting foodyas, see you next time!

-Sofa

Welcome to Foodyas

Hey guys, welcome to Foodyas! I’m Sophia or Sofa as lots of people call me (it’s a weird nickname, I know.) I’m currently in high school and living in the bay area. This blog is going to be devoted to food in the bay area along with some other food related posts. I’m so excited to be starting this and I hope you guys enjoy reading this blog just as much as I like making it! There will be posts of mouth-watering, delicious, foods you can’t wait to get your hands on from local restaurants I will be showing you all. I’ll also be talking about other food creations/ideas/DIYs/ and much more on this soon to be full-on food blog. Alright, well that was just a little intro for all you food lovers out there. Can’t wait to start blogging more and get your guys’ feedback!

See you soon,

Sofa