Cooking isn’t for everyone, but for those of us that have embraced it in our everyday life, it’s something truly special and useful. Cooking is a skill that will always be useful no matter what type of life you live and it comes with some fantastic advantages. Cooking your own meals is satisfying, it’s cheaper and you can treat your friends and family members when they come around. There’s just so much to learn and try out with cooking that it just makes sense to learn it as a skill.
So in this article, we’re going to offer a couple of ways to help you discover and embrace your inner chef.
1. Don’t worry about failing–just practice
Cooking isn’t a particularly hard activity but it does require some patience and practice. One of the best ways to get better is to simply keep cooking every day, trying out different things and working out why you failed. Burning a meal, seasoning incorrectly or playing something poorly doesn’t mean that you’re inherently a bad chef, it just means that you need to try a bit more! Don’t let failure discourage you from discovering your inner chef. Instead, take pictures of your failures and then compare them to your cooking in the future to see how much progress you’ve really made!
2. Experimentation in cooking is fun
Experimenting with recipes is one of the more enjoyable aspects of home cooking. Found some easy shrimp recipes? Simplify it a little and it can become a great filling for a taco, pie or even dumplings. A friend showed you a complicated chocolate cake recipe? Experiment a bit and change up the ingredients and processes so that it’s cheaper and easier to make. You learn a lot about cooking through just experimenting and seeing what things do and don’t work, so don’t be afraid to try new things!
3. Watch cooking shows
It could be the latest celebrity cooking show on TV or a special cooking channel on YouTube. Anything related to cooking is a fantastic way to learn about new recipes, pique your interest about different cuisines and get inspiration for your next dinner. Cooking shows serve as excellent introductions to certain types of dishes and desserts and they act as guides to help you learn how to cook and perfect cooking different things. However, they’re also excellent as a source of entertainment as well.
4. Try to recreate things you love
While experimenting can be a lot of fun, making things you usually buy from restaurants and stores is also a great way to learn how to cook and get more involved in the process. Whether it’s a Thai curry, pastries or even ice cream, recreating the things you love is a great introduction to discovering your inner chef. It’s difficult to recreate certain things, but as long as you’re diligent in following guides and do your research, it’s a great way to customize your favourite foods and create something completely new from existing ideas and flavours that you love.