New cooks are often ill prepared to start cooking because they don't have the basic utensils to cook their meals. Here is the top 7 things I use to cook all my meals. Some of these are not mandatory - but they make cooking so much simpler that you don't want to miss them.
So out of 21 people we had 9 members fill out our initial survey answering some important questions. Here's the breakdown of the results.
#1: Wide range of skill levels
One of the best thing about being in a community is tapping into all sorts of knowledge and skills. Here we see that our members bring lots of curiosity and skills. It would be really cool to see workshops and online hangout tutorials where this can be passed on.
#4: Stock up on frozen vegetables
When you start cooking at home, you may not have the time or the skill to cut vegetables (quickly) and this will prevent you from cooking when you come home from a busy day at work or school. You can get around this by stocking up on frozen stir fry vegetables. Now, you should supplement this mix with fresh tomatoes, celery, onion, cucumber, potato (preferably sweet), garlic, lime, and cilantro. Also stock up on seasonal veggies like zucchini to mix things up. (Tomatoes and zucchini can get expensive - best to get them from the farmer's market when they are on sale.)
Yesterday was Amma's birthday and in Lexington, the local satsang wanted to celebrate by serving a meal to the Women's Shelter close by. The meal was a vegetarian pasta dish with a side of a salad, served with bread. Two Ayudh members showed up to help chop vegetables and prepare the meal. After the meal was prepared, they delivered it to the shelter.
Serving others is a great way to develop life skills. The ability to chop vegetables quickly will make cooking vegetarian meals tremendously easy. Ayudh can cook, delicious meals and if you want to learn how to do the same - join Ayudh!
Ayudh Colorodo made several sandwiches to give to the homeless shelter, their first project this year. After the successful event, they are thrilled to start many more projects. Check out their gallery. You can also follow them here.
Way to go Ayudh Colorodo!
By the way: If you check out our upcoming events, you will see that we have a Embracing the World - Cook for the homeless event happening soon - Saturday Sept 26, 2015. It will be in Lexington, be sure to RSVP if interested so we can figure out rides.
#5: Go for the Lumins
Lighting has traditionally been provided by incandescent light bulbs, and while CFLs and Leds have dominated the market offering more light while using less energy, people still think of lighting in traditional terms - by the watt.
A watt is a measurement of power, however, when we talk about a 60 Watt light bulb, we really mean Watts per hour - a unit of energy. A traditional 60W lightbulb emits about 800 lumens (a measurement of visible light). Want more light go for a bulb that has more Lumins.
Extra pro tip: if you want more light for you buck, look for a bulb with a high lumens to watts ratio. Also keep in mind that you want a long life.
Today Ayudh MA had it's first event. Three Ayudh MA members served food for Amma's birthday celebration at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. Serving other before yourself when in front of delicious food is challenging, but our Ayudh group assembled and served with a smile!