It suddenly hit me: “I’ve been watching cooking shows for months and I never cook. Why?”
I made a few steps back and remembered all my cooking experiences as a child brought up in the countryside, gifted with autonomy, independence, and freedom by my grandparents. This is when, against all previous advice, I decided to start cooking and see how it goes.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
- First times are usually epic fails. Second tries are better, sometimes even good. Third tries are always yummy!!
- Success lies in that little priceless detail you often ignore. Once you give it a shot, it’s a game changer. Adding the tiniest drop of oil in my frying pan (that isn’t non-sticky) helped me make the best American pancakes ever.
- Once you get the drill of a simple recipie, you can pimp it up in countless ways and turn it into completely something else. I’ll probably never get tired of mixing stuff in scrambled eggs.
- It’s the strongest flavoured ingredients that set the tone. I added 3-4 chopped olives to an omlette and it really made a difference.
- If you pay attention, you’ll know why things went wrong. And you can always give it another conscious try.
- The more you practice, the better it gets because the tips and tricks you learn by cooking one dish can be applied to many others.
- With experience, there comes a certain ease in moving around in the kitchen and using ustensils. I can now clean everything while I’m cooking and have no mess to take care of afterwards
- Keep It Stupid Simple dishes are evergreens, especially if you’re in a hurry. Spaghetti (10 min tops to boil) + salt + tuna = my dinner
- It’s fascinating to see how ingredients change depending on how you mix and cook them, and what they taste like in the end. And also very inspiring.
- You can always hide behind chocolate or cheese. Everything tastes better with loads of either (or both?). But that’s not how you grow.
As inexperienced as I am, I love cooking because:
- Whenever I do it, regardless of the difficulty of the recipe, I get into a flow state. My mind forgets about everything else, except for what I’m doing in the present moment.
- I never feel bad if I fail. On the contrary. I’m always looking forward to applying what I learned and try again.
- Even if I do the same dish again and again (I will never ever get tired of scrambled eggs), it’s always exciting. Plus, I always give it a twist to improve it, I can’t help it.
- I’m really happy when people like what I make. I’m never completely happy with what I cook because I always think of how I can improve it, but somehow everybody seems to enjoy it, even more than I do.
I love home made food. I love putting time and effort and all available brain cells into making something one of a kind with my hands.
Good food is not about eating. It’s about giving yourself the time to make it, to eat it, to share it with others and to enjoy the entire process. For me, cooking is a fun safe zone where I grow as a person, stay focused, and bring joy to the people who grab a bite of what I make.
My big goal for this month is Jamie Oliver’s lasagna. I haven’t cooked anything with raw meat or as complex as this yet, but I can’t wait! Whatever happens, I’m sure it’s gonna be fun!