Restaurants closed and limited take out facilities, more of us are cooking from scratch.Cooking at home is a great way to take control of both your diet and wallet.
However, I am sure there are many who are feeling a little anxious being in the kitchen and putting meals together each day. This is totally normal, especially if you never had to cook so many meals. I feel like, since the lockdown began I must have cooked about 150 odd meals.
Up until a few years ago, I was not a very confident cook. However, I loved food. I grew up in a home where we all loved food and ate pretty much everything.
Cooking confidence is not all about flipping perfect omelette in the pan or mastering those knife skills. It is about being able to ENJOY cooking simple meals.
So, here are few tips to help you boost your confidence in the kitchen:
Read the recipes / watch cooking show: This definitely helped me when I was not as confident. And now, watching cooking shows and videos has become kind of my hobby.
Read the recipe and prepare your ingredients : it is just like preparing your Sat Nav or map before making your way to a new destination .Organisation is essential.
Start simple: Look for simple recipes that you would not only love cooking but also would love to
eat. Cook that for a few times and try to experiment with changing some of its ingredients once
you feel more confident .
Taste as you go: Taste as you are cooking and add flavours whether it is herbs or spices etc as you go along; rather than waiting till the last step of the recipe.
Embrace imperfection: Accept that somethings that you make will be better than others, but if your goal is to feed yourself, you can’t fail.
Cooking is fun and I am sure everyone has a few funny good stories about a “ disaster” in the kitchen .