So, you think you can't cook? I say you can!
|The thought process of someone who wants to cook.|
Break the cycle, and learn to cook.
(Drawing by The Endangered Sartorialist)
When telling my daughter about this post she shared her thoughts about the way a person cooks can reflect who they are. "If you are a person who likes to play it safe you might follow the recipe exactly the way it was written", she said. "If you are more of a free spirit you may not stick to the recipe and you may make changes to it." Some people cook to explore their heritage or culture, or to learn about a new one. Some people are busy and want to make a meal in 30 minutes or less. Others, may be more experienced at cooking and want to challenge themselves. What ever your style is, or motivation, there are recipes out there waiting for you to try.
I think everyone should know a few simple recipes. For instance, it is good to know a couple of each; appetizer, main course, and dessert. For breakfast, learn how to make really good scrambled eggs (see my post, "Eggsellent"), waffles and pancakes (see my post, "Puffy Pancake"). Once you have mastered cooking a few dishes you are ready to move on and learn others.
Some recipes, if you are searching on line, will tell you what the cooking level is. There are some great search engines out there. My favorite is Epicurious.com. I have been using this site for many years. Good old fashioned cookbooks are always a great resource as well. I love to collect cookbooks, but if you don't want to invest in them you can go to your local library and find what ever your heart, or stomach I should say, may desire. Going to the library on a cookbook search is one of my favorite things to do. Try it. You will find a lot of inspiration there.