New city. New school. New apartment. What is the most important of these three? The new (to me) kitchen, of course! What comes next is completely true account of my cooking failures. Here are five different ways to fail in the kitchen.
1) Use coconut oil for marinades
When I saw a jar of coconut oil in the aisle at Costco, I was thrilled. Wasn’t it supposed to be super healthy and good to cook with? It is indeed great to cook with and adds a sweetness to foods that I’ve come to enjoy. I’ve been using it so much that I never went out and bought a jar of canola oil or vegetable oil to keep in the cupboard. So when I needed a tablespoon of oil to complete a cilantro and lime marinade, I scooped some coconut oil and poured it into the bag.
Nota Bene: Coconut oil is a solid at just below room temperature.
As soon as it hit my not-quite-defrosted fish it solidified right up, taking all my garlic, lime, and cilantro with it. Coconut oil = not good for marinades. Continue reading