Broccoli, how to cook

Dark green veggies are so good. Super healthful part of any well rounded diet. We'll remove the fuss and show you how you can do this everyday without ever using the hotplates. Let's start with Steamed Broccoli.

  • Cut the broccoli into florets, I strive to leave the stem with a little point. Better yield and more fiber.
  • Using your small roasting pan lay out the florets
  • Add about 2/3 cup of water and a sprinkling of salt
  • Use your inverted sheetpan as a cover and into the Roasting Oven with rack on the floor for 12 minutes. Could be more or less depending on size of florets. Use good judgement.
  • Timer goes beep, out they come, strain any excess water and toss with butter or olive oil or nothing, your choice.

ready for the oven

steamy goodness

Easy enough, let's move on to Roast Broccoli, my favorite.

  • Put your sheetpan in Roasting Oven to preheat
  • Cut broccoli into florets, incorporate some of the stem
  • Put florets into steel bowl and toss with EVOO and salt to taste
  • Remove preheated sheet pan and add florets spacing them evenly
  • Put on top rung and set timer for 10 minutes
  • While broccoli is cooking crush 1/2 clove of garlic and add back to steel bowl you used previously
  • Timer goes beep and out them come with a lovely little char.
  • Back into steel bowl (now with a hint of garlic), toss and serve. Feeling crazy add a few shards of real parmesan to the mix. The salty sharp cheese works well with the charred broccoli, EVOO and hint of garlic

 

 

Boiling Water

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Boiling water is a great introduction into life with an Aga.  With some planning and forethought we can harness the energy stored in the ovens. The Aga Heat Retention Cooker is often maligned for being an inefficient energy hog. My experience is the opposite. Fuel consumption decreased while my culinary enjoyment increased. Remember my 100/0 Rule and do your best to abide.

Let's see how we boil 10 cups of water in the Agakitchen. Typical amount for a pot of pasta or cooking some whole grain.

  • Put the rack in the Roasting Oven on top rung or remove all together if your pot won't fit. We will be using the floor of the oven
  • Fill your pot with cold tap water and put on a tight fitting lid.
  • Into the Roasting Oven on the floor.
  • In 30 minutes your water will be close to boiling. 

 

Lessons learned:

  • Give yourself time, with proper planning we can avoid wasteful energy losses.
  • Don't get stuck just leaving your rack on the floor. Lot's of temperature variations in each oven, it's up to us to find them.

Cook with confidence.

 

Pasta, how to cook

Cooking pasta is too easy in an Aga. I actually haven't figured out why it works so perfectly but it does. Good thing we went over how to boil water earlier. Pasta cooks from the inside out so a good rolling boil of salty water is key.

Here's how we do this at Agakitchen. Hopefully your kitchen as well.

  • Put a pot of salty water with a tight fitting lid onto the floor of the Roasting Oven to preheat. In thirty minutes it will be close to boiling.
  • When your ready to cook pasta put pot onto the Boiling Plate. The water will boil almost immediately.
  • Add pasta, stir once and back into Roasting or Baking Oven with lid in place, both will work the same. Set your timer following cooking instructions on box of pasta.
  • Timer goes beep and drain as usual.

I suggest not rinsing the pasta. We'll talk more about that later.

Cook with confidence.