Instant flavour boosters
If you ask us, ‘bland’ is the worst thing anyone can call our food. We spend so much time planning menus, carefully measuring ingredients, and cleaning up afterward that our food had better be flavourful! Fortunately, you don’t have to scrap a bland meal entirely. Adding a few ingredients will transform your entree or appetiser from ‘meh’ to ‘magnificent’. Whether you want to take a so-so dish to new heights or add some pizzazz to fail-safe favourites, here are 12 flavour boosters everyone should have in their kitchen. Ready to raise the bar even higher?
Consider vanilla extract the gift that keeps on giving. A consistent crowd-pleaser, it’s sweet enough to satisfy your craving without adding mounds of sugar. Go ahead, add a couple of drops to plain milk, a fruit smoothie or porridge.
There’s a reason Worcestershire sauce is one of the most versatile condiments around: it starts as anchovies fermented in vinegar and includes chili peppers, garlic, onions, salt and sugar. While the thought of combining sweet, savory, and, well…anchovies…may sound cringe-worthy, we have to admit it’s delicious in meatballs and Bloody Marys.