My mother says,
If you can read, you can cook.
And it’s absolutely true. Good cooking comes from experience and practice. If you haven’t got the experience, that’s what recipes are for. And if it doesn’t work out, blame the recipe!
Give yourself lots of time if you’re trying something new. Ideally, kick everyone out of the kitchen. Read the whole recipe through before starting, dig out all your ingredients, and get cracking.
Some tips for enjoying yourself in the kitchen:
- Turn on your favourite tunes and pour a glass of wine (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere).
- Clear your worktop of all clutter and give everything a good wipe-down before starting. It’s so much nicer to work on a clean surface.
- Start with an empty dishwasher.
- Keep a large bowl near your work area for all garbage. Much quicker, easier and cleaner than running back and forth to the bin every minute.
- Sharpen your knives. Most shoe-repair places and specialty kitchen stores will do this for you very inexpensively.
- Try something new! Break up the banality of mealtimes and pick something you really want to eat. May I suggest a recipe from Caroline Feeds?