Cooking. What is it? Who is it, if it is a who? Is cooking simply the ability to combine one or more ingredients and produce a meal that provides the body with some sort of nourishment? Cooking can mean a number of things.
It can be a sense of accomplishment, a relaxing endeavor, or a terrifying chore that causes the unfortunate few to run in the other direction. Cooking should be an activity that brings people together, an opportunity to show one’s love and affection through the meal that was prepared. At least that’s how it was portrayed in Soul Food.
In today’s society we’re often too busy to put in the same amount of time and effort as the generations before. Thanks to technology, countless chefs, and other food experts we can create delicious meals for our friends, families, and most importantly ourselves.
Cooking can be fun and easy. If you’re new to the kitchen start off slow. Select recipes that use cooking techniques and ingredients that you are comfortable with. Try making a simple side dish. The recipe below is a great way to begin your new cooking adventure.
Fresh Green Beans with Tomatoes
- 2 handfuls fresh green beans
- 6-8 cherry tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup dry white wine
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mince(finely chop) 1 clove garlic and set aside. Wash cherry tomatoes and green beans. Cut cherry tomatoes into 4-5 pieces each and set aside.
Chop off the ends of the green beans and set aside. Put the fire on medium low. Pour olive oil into a frying pan or sauté pan. Add garlic, tomatoes, and a dash of salt and pepper. Stir frequently. After a few minutes turn the fire to high, add white wine and stir all contents, making sure to grab any bits of garlic and tomato that got stuck on the pan.
Add the greens beans. Stir frequently and coat the beans with the tomatoes and wine mixture. After 7-10 minutes, spoon the green beans and tomatoes onto a plate. Enjoy!