Table spoon = normal soup spoon
Tea spoon = exactly that, the smallest possible spoon for tea/coffee
Cup = 0,2 L capacity (great opportunity to re-use your plastic yogurt cup)
Majority of my kitchen adventures have been tested on animals; two jolly house cats who truly enjoyed their volunteering and rated everything as yummy 5 🙂
On the more serious note:
Tinned pulses & vegetables – I admit using tinned products occasionally myself – mainly chickpeas, kidney beans, and chopped tomatoes. It is ok to go with a tinned version when you are very limited with time, when ingredient is out of season (tomatoes for instance), or when you just have that ultra-lazy day. However, I strongly encourage you to use as much of a fresh produce as possible. Soak those chickpeas or kidney beans overnight, wash and chop fresh tomatoes in summer time (no need for skinning or de-seeding btw), buy frozen peas and boil them for those short 10 min… “Real” fresh produce is not only more nutritious, but also way tastier – always. So step outside your comfort zone from time to time – end result will be very rewarding for your body and palates!
Which is the best oil to use for everyday cooking? – With so many oil varieties on supermarket shelves, it gets confusing which one to choose for everyday use (grilling, frying, marinating…). Some of these oils, labelled as “superfood must haves”, can be quite pricy too. Decision formula is quite simple – disregard influence of food marketing machine, think which oil has historically been the closest and the most commonly used in your region, and find the best quality cold pressed/unrefined label (or even better – stock up at the local producer).
In my recipes I mainly use olive oil, but this is only because I am blessed to live on Mediterranean where top quality olive oil is nearly as abundant as the drinking water. Sunflower, rapeseed, or corn oil are perfectly fine to use as well, as long as they are cold pressed (refined oils have no real nutritional value).
Once you choose preferred base oil, eventually spice your pantry up with one or two “exotic” oils, such as coconut or sesame, which you will use for selected dishes. That’s the whole secret really.