How do you cook? Google’s toughest questions

Mar 28, 2018 | Cooking Tips

If you type “How do you cook…” into your google search bar, a list of suggested searches will pop up. These suggestions are based on what other people are searching. As these are some of the most asked questions on the internet I thought it would be fun to answer as many of them as I can. So, here we go.

How do you cook spaghetti squash?

There are a lot of different ways to cook spaghetti squash. There is however, one way that is easier than the rest. Simply place the squash in front of you on your cutting board. Carefully, cut it down the middle lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Put about an inch of salted water in a casserole dish. Place the squash in the casserole dish cut side down. Cook on 400°f for 35-45 minutes. When it’s fully cooked a knife should easily penetrate the skin. Remove the squash from the oven and scrape the flesh with a fork. This will reveal the classic spaghetti strands that gives this squash its name.

How do you cook lobster?

Get a big pot of salted water boiling. Put the lobster on your cutting board. Put the tip of your knife on the lobsters head and push the knife through. This will kill the lobster quickly. Place the lobster in the boiling water. Boil for 7 – 12 minutes depending on the size of the lobster. When it’s fully cooked the tentacles should easily pull off when gently tugged. Serve with melted garlic butter and lemon.

How do you cook asparagus?

Grab the asparagus about halfway down the stem. Grab the base of the asparagus with your other hand. Gently bend the asparagus until it breaks. The bottom part of the asparagus, the piece that broke off, is woody and not much fun to eat. Discard it. Get a medium sized pot of salted water boiling. Drop in the asparagus. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain the asparagus, season with butter, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. If the asparagus are thicker than your pinky finger peel them with a vegetable peeler prior to cooking them.

How do you cook quinoa?

There are two main methods for cooking quinoa. The first method, known as the pasta method, is just like cooking pasta. Essentially, get a pot of salted water boiling. Add your quinoa and boil until the individual quinoa grains begin to pop. Drain off the water, season with salt, pepper, and butter, and enjoy. Or the rice method. Rinse the quinoa and drain well. Place one cup of quinoa and two cups of water or stock in a pan. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, put a lid on the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid.

You can add whole sprigs of thyme or rosemary, or bay leafs to the liquid when cooking the quinoa to add extra flavour.

How do you cook bacon in the oven?

The easiest way to do this is to get two identical baking sheets. Cover the first pan with parchment paper. Lay your bacon out on the the parchment lined baking sheet. Cover the bacon with a second piece of parchment paper and top with the second baking sheet. Bake the bacon at 350°f for 25-35 minutes depending on the thickness of the bacon.

How do you cook rice?

I’m going to describe how to cook basmati rice here as it is very common and very easy. Measure out your rice. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain the rice very well. Put the rice in an appropriately sized pot. Measure out two times as much water as rice. Add the water to the pot along with one tbsp of butter or olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring the rice to a boil over high heat. As soon as the rice starts to boil put a lid on the pot and turn the burner down to the lowest setting. Set a seventeen minute timer and leave the rice alone. DO NOT OPEN THE LID!! Once the timer goes off remove the pot from burner and set another seventeen minute timer. Again DO NOT OPEN THE LID!! After the second seventeen minute timer goes off take the lid off of the pot and fluff the rice with a fork. Enjoy!

I could do this forever, but I think I will stop there for today. If you have any questions about cooking please don’t hesitate to contact me on Instagram, twitter, facebook, or right here on the blog.



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