Flavors – Kitchen talk with Hetty.

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Good after noon to all the home-cooking souls out there!

Let’s talk about seasoning. To be able to season your dish right you need just the perfect amount of spices. Use much spice and it’s over kill, your dish will not taste good.  Use too little your dish will slowly die of a bland taste. Use the perfect amount of seasoning and your dish will turnout great. It’s not easy to be able to balance the flavors, and to add the perfect amount of seasoning to your dish. It takes time to learn how to do it right. I’ve been cooking for years and I’m still struggling with getting the perfect amount of seasoning into my dishes. I try and fail, try and fail over and over again. Luckily I’m a doing a lot better now then when I first started cooking. I don’t know how many times I’ve managed to serve up a dish with too much salt, lets just say it’s happened more times than I can remember. But as I said, I’m getting better and I’m doing a lot better now then when I first started.

I Know that the most important thing is to taste your dish while you’re cooking it too see if it’s too salty, or if it’s too spicy or if it lacks of flavor and needs more seasoning. If your dish is too salty you can add a pinch of sugar, that helps more than you know. It might sound wired but it works, If your dish needs more seasoning then add just a small amount of the seasoning blend you feel like it needs. By just adding a tiny amount at a time you can control the flavor, because it’s easy to over season your dish, and the line between flavorless and over-flavored dishes are blurry, and have the color of light gray and it’s very thin.  You can easily go from a flavorless dish to a over-seasoned dish. Have a little faith, follow your heart, follow your senses, follow the scent, follow your taste buds and learn from your mistakes in the kitchen.

I also use a lot of lemons and limes. The reason why? it gives almost any dish a push in the right direction, and it gives a lot of dishes the edge it needs to get that extra little fines or what ever you want to call it.

During the summer I love to use fresh herbs as I’ve mentioned before. I’ve posted instructions on how to make Hetty’s herb mix before and I’ll give it too you again.

Basically I use chives, lemon thyme, oregano, parsley and rosemary and chop them up until it’s almost powdery. I mix them together and use it in tons of different dishes I make.

I will post a photo of the spice blends I normally use on a day-to-day basis depending on what I’m eating. I don’t use all of them everyday, but it’s the spices blends I use the most.

Enough kitchen talk form my side of the computer today, I hope you have an amazing day and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for a brand new post.

Until Next time..

  • Hetty

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