Food, Glorious Food – Making The Most Of Cooking.

Chocolate Chip CookiesCooking and Me

The kitchen is my favourite room. I have always enjoyed dealing with food, cooking and baking in general. But I would follow recipes, buy jars and packets and pretty much just follow the basics to produce adequate sustenance, with occasional tweaks when I felt brave. I thought it tasted pretty good most of the time, but realise now I really was just scratching the surface.  Now, I look up recipes, get a feel for what is in it generally, then throw something together that may vaguely have hints of the source material but becomes my own creation and style. I have found that, if I don’t allow myself to be overwhelmed with the multiple millions of recipes out there, it is not so bad to venture off the beaten track and make something a bit more original. A bit more ME.

There have been times that I have seen or had something quite delicious and really wanted to know how to make it myself, but didn’t know where to begin. The ingredients list might as well be half foreign and what I did know I was unsure of amounts. Yet, over time and with practice, I have picked up knowledge of how to use certain common ingredients, what goes well together and now I can combine them to create incredible home cooked meals that would easily out shine the packet mix or jar that I would have once relied upon.

Recipes

I hope to create a record of the successful ones I have made so far, both to keep a record to refer back to when I wish to make something again. I can then use this to refer others to when they ask how it was done. You can find my recipes here.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a vast collection of tried and tested recipes that I fall back on and constantly add to. Ideally, I would like to integrate my own and rely less on the others so heavily. I would use them for inspiration, rather than instruction.

My Family Benefits Too

My family are enjoying the ride, as they get to sample my creations. They do have their favourites and unfortunately, as is the way of experimentation, they have also had the odd “never again!”

I’ll never be a famous chef or baker, but being able to put together an amazing meal or dessert from scratch that we can all delight in is accomplishment enough for me.

 

 

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. I’m so impressed by people who can cook without a recipe. I’m such a rule follower I can’t do it unless I have a list of instructions. My kids both like to cook though, and my daughter is an experimenter, so hopefully she will break the mould.

    • I have an abundance of recipe books, cards and Google is one of my best friends when it comes to trying something new, but stepping away from the rigid measurements is a bit of a leap of faith. I still wreck meals sometimes, but I can throw together familiar meals without a spoon or scale in sight, so good job my family have their favourites, makes it easier! 🙂 My daughter loves to watch me and is keen on learning to the point of being let loose on her own. Told her a few years and she’ll be welcome to cooking for me! 😀

  2. I love cooking and I never cooked for the first 32 years of my life! Now it became some sort of a relaxing activity.

    • Totally agree, it’s very soothing in a way and I get a feeling of accomplishment when the meal comes out well. x

  3. I love cooking and doesn’t always get it right either, but you learn something every time and most things taste good.

    • You are so right. Even if it’s not quite what I intended, then providing it is still edible then it’s not a failure.

  4. I think doing things you enjoy is what it’s all about. So what if you won’t win Masterchef. Trying and experimenting at home has to be far more fun x

    • Haha, oh yes! I used to find cooking a real chore but it has developed into a much more enjoyable affair when a bit of creativity is involved. x

  5. I’m such a terrible cook! I always mean to start cooking from scratch more but I never seem to find the time. I bet your family love your creations x

    • Thank you, yes they do, when I do get it right! It isn’t guaranteed but I do find following a recipe works best to begin with, then I can decide if it needs changing the next time around. 🙂

  6. I love cooking from scratch when I have the time. I just find it so disappointing when it doesn’t work out….guess I need to keep trying!

    • Definitely keep trying! I lost count of meals I’ve ruined in various ways but eventually I get there. I do have masses of recipe books but once I got the hang of one I’ll tweak and can make it my own. 🙂

  7. I used to really enjoy cooking but these days I barely have a moment to breathe, let alone cook. I much prefer eating it…lucky for me my husband is a great cook!

    • Michelle

      It is completely the opposite here. My husband is not at all keen on cooking but more than happy to eat my offerings. It is always nice when somebody else does the cooking for you, though! x

  8. I have a recipe book and there are some
    Recipes that I consciously refer to my book even if I am cooking it every week! I am so clinged to my recipe book:) Not all my dishes are great but considering hubby never helps in cooking, he hardly says any negative comments 🙂

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