My friends often ask me what the secret to good cooking is but I’ve never considered myself a good cook. In fact, most people are shocked when I admit I don’t even like cooking that much. I like the idea of food: the aroma, textures, cultures, colours, combining flavours, presentation and of course, consumption. I believe a good cook is one who is gastronomically inclined. Someone who extensively studies ingredients and food culture is someone who will amaze you with a “pantry dish” they whipped up from the top of their head using only a few ingredients on hand.
I developed my interest in food 10 years ago but have only recently felt more comfortable with my culinary skills to create recipes on my own. I believe confidence in anything you do comes naturally, if you know your subject well. This being said, my recipes are always simple! Not too many ingredients and I rarely ever use dried herbs.
To develop any skill you must study the craft. I am constantly reading about food and drink – methods and trends. I often make mistakes but I’m persistent to learn; for example, my risotto recipe which took two years to perfect. My first attempt was awful. So was the salmon I served with it. So awful in fact, we abandoned the catastrophe and went out for noodles. What was the reason for that epic risotto fail? I had no idea what risotto was.
There are still many things on my “Food Fail List” I am still trying to perfect so I hope this gives you comfort in knowing there are no secrets to cooking, it’s just a matter of interest, practice and a little bit of heart.
- How to pan fry a steak.
- How to make my mother’s meatballs – UGH! 10 year fail.
- Scrambled eggs. Really.
- I have never once made a good stir fry. Perplexing.
- My hamburgers are awful.
- I suck at chopping onions.
- How to make a Rue.
- I can’t bake – anything
- I am happy to announce I made some pretty kickass homemade soups this winter, new win!