Here at kikki.K, we’re huge foodies and love nothing better than perfecting a new dish to share with our loved ones. That’s why we’re thrilled to launch a very special limited edition cookbook by one of our favourite Swedish chefs Lisa Lemke. To inspire you to try out the recipes in The Summer Table, Lisa is sharing some of her top tips for improving your everyday cooking.
Keep things simple, but delicious.
The one thing everyone can do to improve their everyday cooking is to make it easier! Don’t overwork your cooking, choose instead good groceries and let them do their magic when you don´t have much time to spend in the kitchen. And it is always a good idea to cook extra so you have a plan for the day after as well. You don´t have to serve the exact same dish as yesterday, but those leftovers could be a good start for an omelette, pasta, soup or something like that. Save the more complicated dishes for when you have time on your side!
Plan ahead and keep an open mind
When I´m going to shop groceries I always start by checking what’s in my own kitchen. What do I actually already have in my freezer, fridge and pantry? And then I make some rough plans from this and try to keep an open mind when I get to the store. What looks best today among the veggies, the meat and so on? Take some time in the store and shop for a couple of days (and remember to plan for the leftovers!) instead of shopping in a stress every second day and maybe ending up buying stuff you already have at home.
Have a go-to dish
Pasta puttanesca is a favourite both in time and flavour in our family, and it´s so convenient that you pretty much always can make sure to have everything you need at home It’s like a back-up-dinner! Another quick favourite is soup made from snow peas. You can do it the French way just with some garlic, onion, a dash of white wine (or vinegar or lemon if you don’t have wine at home) stock and some cream. Quick, easy and so yummy!
Get creative to feed your family on a budget
My number one tip for feeding a family on a budget is to focus on the veggies! And as I said before, plan for leftovers and most of all – use them! We are throwing away far too much food and the best way to do something about you kitchen budget is to stop putting food in the bin. Use your leftovers and be a bit creative, it doesn´t have to be boring eating leftovers! Last night we actually had friends over for a three course just made out of what we pretty much had in the fridge; leftovers and small bits and pieces.
Clearly label and store your leftovers
Invest in some good see-through jars and containers for the fridge and make plans for them. Don´t just save the ice cream-boxes or yoghurt-buckets where you forget your leftovers (because you can´t see what’s inside and then you forget it) I also always have either bags or containers in the freezer for when I get small pieces of fish or meat over. They are perfect for either fish soup or fish burgers, or Bolognese or a stew! Another smart idea is to have a container for leftovers in the fridge which you mark for a certain destination, example ”frittata or omelette”, ”Bolognese”, ”pie” and so on. There you can put in small bits and pieces which you get over from dinner. Like a small piece of cheese, a bunch of olives, a couple of boiled potatoes, a small piece of sausage and maybe some onion and peppers that you fried for last night’s fish dish. They will be the perfect start for a really nice pizza, pie, omelette or frittata! And by storing them in one and same container (and marked with a ”use before date”) you lower the risk of forgetting about them before they go to waste.