So, after a week or two of baking and cooking, I have learnt a couple of things about food, and even more things about myself as a cook, and as a person!!
1 ) Appreciate a good meal : putting a tasty meal together isn’t easy. It takes time, patience, and a good understanding. Respect chefs out there for the hours that they give everyday to making a living. And also give thanks to your mother for slaving over the hot stove when she gets home from work (now I know why she was always so grumpy)…because without her you would go hungry.
2 ) Wear an apron: something I never did. Now I realise why all chefs do! Guess I need to learn how to wash my clothes next…
3 ) PREPARE: there is nothing worse than having heated up the stove, cooked your veggies, then you realise that the chicken is still frozen…hello defrost button 😦
4 ) Clean as you go: I have discovered that I am the messiest person in a kitchen. Keep an empty bowl next to you as your mini bin, just so that everything stays semi-clean.
5 ) Understand your cooking environment: Every oven works differently. Every kitchen has different tools and utensils. Learn your home kitchen well, and also learn to adapt to others, and make the best of that situation.
6 ) Never open the oven door to check: NEVER!! haha still doesn’t stop me..I get too impatient and excited 🙂
7 ) Expect failures : sometimes food doesn’t turn out the way you want it to. Even if you follow a recipe exactly, sometimes things go wrong, and its ok. Learn from your mistakes. Go back and look at what you might have done wrong, and do it better next time. And if its your family you’re cooking for, then they’ll love whatever you’ve made, no matter what 🙂
8 ) Give yourself credit : if your meal comes out exactly how you hoped, don’t be shocked! Be proud and happy that you achieved your dish!
9 ) Don’t be scared to try something new: stray from a recipe, it won’t hurt. Maybe add a few different spices where you feel the need. Or some extra ingredients where you can. The more you do that, the braver you become. Therefore the more you learn, the less you need to rely on a recipe for help.
10 ) Have fun : as cheesy as that sounds, its true. Give your food love, and enjoy the cooking process. It makes it all worth while 🙂
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to view this blog, and also to my family and friends who have supported my dishes, tasted them and enjoyed them!! You’re all wonderful 🙂