Cooking for family can be a challenge for many. Heirloom recipes might not satisfy your family’s tastebuds unless it is modified to suit their preferences. Here are a few tips that make cooking easier for a family.

1. Understand personal taste preferences of the family.

Some people prefer subtle foods, many prefer spicy and tangy foods, other might prefer healthier low fat foods, while a few others prefer classic traditional dishes. So, understand what kind of food is preferred by your family.

2. Striking a balance if individual tastes clash.

Often, in large families, individual tastes clash. One person might prefer red meat while the other cannot have it daily. One might have a craving for rice or pasta while the other might prefer juice and salads. The solution here is to strike a balance in the daily menu. Introducing new dishes on a regular basis would encourage family members to appreciate and accept a wide variety of tastes.

3. Plan your menu the previous day.

Planning your menu the previous day gives ample time to make sure all ingredients are available without frenzy last minute shopping.

4. Adapt your cooking to suit digestion problems of your family.

Ensure your cooking is adapted to suit your family’s digestion problems, if any. Choosing the right kind of oil, meat and vegetables will help ease digestion problems and take care of your family’s health.

5. Change recipes to suit personal taste preferences.

Remember that recipes are only guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Change recipes and ingredients to make it your family’s favourite.

6. A generous hand and mind make your dish taste good.

A common mistake of newbies is to follow measurements given in recipes and cookbooks to the letter. Trust your eyes and mouth more than the recipe. Add oil, toppings and sauces after frequent tasting of the dish. Trust your tasting during cooking instead of strictly following recipes.

7. Serve in style to make every day dinner enjoyable.

A clean table, simple menu and generous helpings make family dinners fun and enjoyable. Many dishes but moderate or limited in quantity will remind the family of formal dinner outings. Simple menu with personal favourites and generous quantity is the mark of family dinners.

Regardless of what you cook, how you cook and serve matters when it comes to cooking at home for your cherished family. Happy cooking!

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