Spice up your quarantined lives with the proper essentials in your cabinet.
Over the course of a week, several people contributed to my Venmo and PayPal during this COVID-19 pandemic. As a freelancer, I was hit hard by race cancellations to loss of speaking and traveling gigs. Thanks to your words, support and financial contributions, I am able to assist my husband in staying above water. With this said, here's my thank you back to you. A Chef's Perspective is a collection of blurbs for the person learning how to cook for the first time to the culinary enthusiast seeking some spice in their life.
Although my current career in the fitness space occupies most of my time, I never abandoned my culinary background. In fact, my 10+ years in the industry help me get creative with different dishes to fuel me for my physically taxing adventures. At the moment, we're currently going through a worldwide pandemic -- COVID-19 if you've been living under a rock or on Big Brother. Social media allowed me to answer simplistic to the most layered culinary questions over the years and I'll help as much as I possibly can.
In the United States, supermarkets, local grocers and any establishment carrying food are being hit by human tornados tearing down the aisles for things that most people either don't need or possibly don't know how to use. Conversely, this type of hoarding strips away essential goods from people who are restricted to buying items covered under the Women, Income and Children (WIC) federal program to populations who aren't able to stand for long periods over a stove -- let alone a line at Trader Joes. We can all do our part and purchase items with a bit of consideration and realistic gauge on how to properly use those 20 cans of tuna that you never touched before COVID-19.
Realistically, I cannot give you a year's worth of my curriculum nor hold your hand through every part of this process - social distancing baby - but I can break this down in sections. Let's tackle the holy trinity to some of your unseasoned friends' lives.
Herbs, Spices and Giblets: What's in Your Cabinet?
Depending on your cooking style or preference, everyone's cabinet will look different. And if you never cooked a day in your life, I'm not here to judge. Realistically I will not be able to cater to everyone's personal dietary concerns but I'll tell you what I keep on hand at any given time.
I love experimenting with different dishes. If your palate is a world traveler like mine, you need to stock up on these basic seasonings and consider a handful of others that I keep on my shelf:
Blends + Rubs To Create On Your Own
If you're a bit of a culinary snob or find yourself without a blend at home, I gotcha covered. Everyone's palate is different and you might want to gauge your own ratio for the blends. A safe way to go about creating your own is doing equal parts of everything with the exception of salt.
Chef's Tip: Add salt into your dish versus mixing it into your blend unless it's a seasoning salt. Too much salt is harder to fix versus minimal or no salt.
Store your seasonings in an airtight container. If I'm not running through seasonings like it's going out of style, it holds well for a minimum of three months but can carry over for longer time periods before losing its potency.
Basic Questions & Answers from the Seasoning Rack
I'll be doing my best to regularly contribute in this culinary section while taking care of my family and keeping up with my fitness regimen. As always, feel free to peruse through my endurance based fitness blurbs. My calendar is a bit questionable at the moment thanks to COVID-19 but while home, I'll be posting up Instagram stories (typically up for 24 hours) and when I can, I'll try to put up a recipe. It's pretty time consuming to break things down but I'll do my best to take pictures and all that jazz. Content creation is pretty labor intensive.
In the meantime, wash your hands, stay your ass at home as much as possible and season up your household with some good food. Just sanitize your counter before cooking anything.
Latoya Shauntay Snell
Thanks to friends and loved ones, I managed to financially foot part of the bill for some fancy classically French training school called Star Career Academy of NY before the school ran off and stole everyone's money. At least the instructors were real deal and I graduated before they closed.
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