Let me start by telling you, “From Scratch” based on the Best Seller book from Tembi Locke is a must watch, for so many reasons. The second thing I want to share, which inspired me to write this post is the food lessons in it. Today I’m sharing 5 Things I’ve Learned About Cooking After Watching “From Scratch”.
5 Things I’ve Learned About Cooking After Watching “From Scratch”
From Scratch is a show on Netflix, I’ve watched it twice now!
It reminded me of moving here and lessons learned, my experience navigating a new world, while experimenting in the kitchen.
Let me share a part of my life I’ve never shared before here on the blog: when I moved to the US, I had never cooked or cleaned a house – maids were a part of my life, being served and waited on, sometimes by two maids was my normal.
My rude awakening came when I had to clean my first bathroom at 32! My husband gave me the cleaners and wished me good luck! I almost gagged….
After losing 15 pounds and weighing lower than a size 0, and eating some pretty bad canned/blend food, my husband called “healthy”, I moved on from COD(chicken of death), a piece of chicken breast frozen, put in the oven without seasoning, because seasoning made the food unhealthy according to my husband.
I called my mom on the phone and started experimenting with food, no more canned beans, canned vegetables, mac and cheese from a box.
You should have seen the smile on my step son’s face when I started cooking!
My journey through food and bringing my own culture and notion of what is healthy to our table evolved to making my own recipes and sharing them here with you all.
But you’re asking, what does that have to do with the show “From Scratch”?
Well, the show taught me some new tricks and through Lino’s dishes, I was able to learn a thing or two, to make mine even more flavorful.
Here are 5 Things I’ve Learned About Cooking After Watching From Scratch
Parsley and Herbs must be chopped with the stem and used in your recipes
Lino says that the stem is the closest part to the dirt, therefore, the healthiest and more flavorful part of the herb.
I started using the stem and always thinking about the series when doing it.
Tomatoes don’t go in the fridge
I grow tomatoes in my garden, I pick them a bit before they go completely ripe and leave them out to get ripe in my kitchen. Even in the winter, when I don’t have my tomato vines, I leave the tomatoes out until they start getting too soft, the same with the onions and potatoes.
According to Lino’s Mom Filomena, NEVER put tomatoes in the fridge!
Everything Tastes Better With Garlic
Every time they showed him cooking, he was sautéing minced garlic to start a dish. I love using garlic on basically everything!
Better And Healthier Food Starts With Fresh Ingredients
It seems pretty obvious, but some people think, by opening a can with vegetables, that they are eating healthy.
I disagree that canned vegetables are good for you, fresh vegetables, preferably organic are the best way to eat healthy.
If you have a farmers market near you, even better, so you’ll stay away from pesticides and bad products added to the crops.
I have many different vegetables and herbs in my garden every year! It’s my happy time! Lino also had a small garden with herbs, tomatoes and vegetables!
Great Food Requires Love – Amore
Preparing a great dish, using the freshest ingredients requires experimenting with them and love!
You can whisk a super fast meal, just by chopping some vegetables and sautéing them on garlic, salt and pepper!
It doesn’t need to be complicated but it needs to be cooked with love, with the expectation that the final product will be delicious and that your loved ones will enjoy it!
Hope you’ve enjoyed the 5 things I’ve learned about cooking after watching “From Scratch”.
Let me give you a glimpse of the show:
From Scratch is based on the real life and best seller novel From Scratch from Tembi Locke.
A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour. It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, Lino on the Netflix series, on a street in Florence.
I’ve started learning Italian after watching the series and have stopped for a while, but I plan to get back to it!
The language is fascinating and a part of the full Italian experience!
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