As I have approached learning to cook with what I call a positive attitude combined with a healthy level of trepidation I can say that I have really given it my best effort. In the past two months I have made a variety of recipes (not all featured on my blog) that have been both fun to make and at the same time, quite challenging. Cooking was never something I gave any thought about; I never endeavoured to improve my skills or learn anything about the subject. Now, I have seen that cooking and baking are both enviable skills and talents!
Here’s what I have learned:
- cooking takes time, patience, and practice,
- understanding what flavours work well together is a lot of trial and error,
- it does not always turn out pretty,
- new cooks should invest in a high quality heat thermometre because there’s nothing like throwing an entire meal in the garbage because the meat is undercooked,
- quantities of ingredients do not have to be measured to a perfectly precise degree, you can “eyeball” it in most cases
- do your research, there are many videos and instructions online, at your fingertips.
Going forward, I am going to continue to try new recipes and improve my skills. I have discovered that as a very visual person, my favourite ways to learn how to cook something new is to watch a video about it. If that’s an approach that works well for you, feel free to check out some of the great YouTube channels from the content creators I have listed below.
Here are some videos I have used to cook and/or bake lately:
All and all I’m excited to continue cooking and learning new skills.
If you have any recommendations on what I should try cooking next, leave a comment and let me know!
If you haven’t already, you can find me on Twitter @alexdifresca or on Instagram (username: discoveringmykicthen). Let’s connect and keep on cooking!