As Christmas comes around the corner all too soon, I’ve been thinking of ways to knock my culinary skills into shape. Or, at least add some new flavours and recipes to my repertoire. As you know, I love cooking and baking almost as much as I love running. But that doesn’t mean I think there isn’t any room for improvement. I’m looking forward to increasing my skills in the kitchen and with that in mind, here are some of my ways. I think these tips are going to help us all become better chefs. I warn you though some are quite drastic while others are rather exciting. Shall we get started then?
Idea 1: Update Your Kitchen
I’ll let you in on a little secret that I’ve picked up as a runner. If you don’t have a good pair of running shoes you might as well quit before the race begins. Without a good pair of shoes your feet are going to ache and your legs are going to take a nasty amount of pain before your done. But, with a great pair of running shoes you will feel like you’re flying. Okay, you might still run into that wall. But it will come a long a lot further down the road, believe me. You can probably see where I’m going with this. In the culinary scenario the kitchen is the pair of running shoes. If you don’t have a good kitchen, how do you expect to make some delicious dishes? That’s why I’ve been thinking about upgrading my kitchen with some awesome new tech.
I have to say I’m impressed by the equipment that you can buy on the market. I’m particularly fond of heat induction hobs. I know most people are crazy about the energy savings they bring but from a pure, cooking standpoint they are just brilliant. They will heat the food to the perfect temperature, and that means no more lost goodness stuck to the bottom of the pan. I can’t wait to try making some pancakes with one. As well as this, you can also get the latest state of the art oven. These wonderful gadgets are brilliant if you want to get food out quickly without burning your hand. The reason you won’t burn yourself is because the doors slide out of the way. I’ve checked around online and both will cost around a grand. It’s quite a steep price for culinary excellence but it might be worth it. I’m also quite fond of the idea of getting a tablet holder for my kitchen. That way I can see all my recipes without getting my laptop screen messy. Let’s face it having a laptop open on a kitchen counter is just asking for trouble. Particularly if you have kids wandering around!
Idea 2: Cooking Classes I told you, I’m happy to admit I could improve and I think this is a great way to do it. You can book a couple cooking classes. There are lots of different types available whether you want to learn how to make the perfect curry. Or, if you’re eager to master the creme brulee, there is a cooking class for you. The prices are quite reasonable at around sixty pound. I think we can all agree that’s a lot cheaper than upgrading your kitchen. Of course, it’s not just about perfecting your skill. By taking one of these classes you’ll be around people like you. You might even pick up some excellent family recipes. Cooking is sometimes like a secret club. If you want the secrets of the perfect dish you have to attend the right parties. Or in this case, classes. Personally, I’m hoping to reach the top of the class and become the star pupil. Just as soon as I decide which one I’m going to enroll in that is.
Idea 3: Buy A New Cookbook If anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas, a new cookbook would be ideal, thanks. This is probably the simplest way to improve your cooking skills. Learn from a professional as they spoon feed you recipes that they have already mastered. While you’re at it, you might like to try something different. For instance, you might not be a vegan yourself. But it never hurts to have a few recipes up your sleeve to cook for a guest who announces they are. Besides, I’ve learned that some vegan recipes are truly delicious. Or, you might like to learn some gluten free dishes. After all, it seems like you can’t throw a stick without hitting someone who is “allergic” to gluten. I tell you what, try baking without using gluten. Now that is what I call a challenge.
Idea 4: Start A Blog What on earth does blogging have to do with cooking? If you start a cooking blog, you can write about your recipes and your experiences. Your readers will be only too happy to offer you some advice on how to improve them. Or, if you have had a kitchen disaster some might let you know where you went wrong. Blogs are also a great place to find a good dish if you need to cook in a hurry. I have actually found some wonderful recipes through some of my guest posts. For instance, someone posted some lovely winter recipes I’m keen to try when the winds start to howl and the snow begins to fall. Or, more likely, the rain turns to sleet.
Idea 5: Be Brave Please be aware I’m not suggesting that you try something you have never cooked before for a dinner party. That can only lead to an embarrassing situation. But, if you’re just cooking for your family or a couple good friends why not try something different. It’s possible you’ll be pleasantly surprised by trying your own recipe. After all, that’s how all great chefs get started. You could be the next Jamie Oliver.
Finally, remember to have fun when cooking. Because if you’re not having fun then what on earth is the point?
T, A & H xxxxxx
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