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cooking with essential oils
Add a little twist to your dish with a few drops of essential oils
I've used essential oils for massage, to cure common ailments, for beauty and fragrance and NOW I've discovered the wonder of essential oils in cooking! I started with lavender oil which I added to a roast beef to "jazz it" up a bit and then experimented with several others in several dishes. The crucial thing to remember is you need very little, just a couple of drops but the results are really quite amazing! Be adventurous! Give it a go!
Replacing herbs and spices
Essential oils can be used instead or as an addition to herbs and spices.
Here's some essential oils you can experiment with:
The important thing to remember is that oils are very concentrated fragrances and you only need a very little amount. Generally 1 drop will be enough, add the second one only after tasting.
Remember, essential oils are only use to give a subtle hint of flavour.
recipe books to give you some ideas
SOME RECIPES TO GET YOU STARTED
LIME SPICY CHICKEN AND RICE
1/2 KG DICED CHICKEN
1 RED PEPPER
1 TEASPOON CHILLI POWDER
1/2 TEASPOON CUMIN
JUICE OF HALF LEMON
SALT AND BLACK PEPPER
1 TEASPOON SUGAR
2 TINS OF CHOPPED TOMATOES
2 DROPS OF LIME ESSENTIAL OIL
MARINADE THE CHICKEN PIECES WITH CHILLI, CUMIN AND LEMON JUICE.
QUICKLY FRY ONION AND PEPPER. ADD THE CHICKEN. WHEN BROWN ADD CHOPPED TOMATOES, SALT & PEPPER, SUGAR AND LIME ESSENTIAL OIL
SERVE WITH RICE!
ROAST BEEF WITH ORANGE (sorry no quantity on this as i decide depending on the size of the beef)
CHOPPED OREGANO (FRESH)
CHOPPED BASIL (FRESH)
BEEF STOCK CUBE
A LITTLE RED WINE
1 DROP ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL
1 DROP GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL
PUT ALL THE INGREDIENTS IN AN OVEN DISH, COVER WITH FOIL AND COOK ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF BEEF JOINT
Essential oils in cooking - What do you think?
Would you try essential oils in your cooking?
HERE'S A GORGEOUS RECIPE ONE I'VE FOUND ONLINE
2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 clove garlic, minced
3 drops basil essential oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup olive oil
Slice tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out pulp and seeds. Mix together bread crumbs, garlic, pepper, 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan and oil with the drops of basil. Stuff tomatoes with the filling, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan, and bake until tomatoes are cooked through and tops are golden brown, about 30 minutes.