The great thing about cooking is whether you’re just starting out or have been cooking for a while, there’s always something to learn. I’ve been listening to the Bon Appetit podcast lately and love when the guest is asked about their favourite cooking rules. I’m learning some new things myself so I thought I’d share a few of mine - 5 simple things that just might help make you a better cook. ❤️
5. Make it Fun!!
I know cooking can sometimes feel like a chore or overwhelming and the easiest way is to shift this is to find ways to make it fun! Pour a glass of wine, turn on some good music, light a candle, involve your family or friends to connect, and my favourite - kitchen dance parties! Dance parties always make things more fun, am I right??
4. Invest in quality tools
Having a few good tools in the kitchen helps to make your cooking more predictable. If you buy the cheap version you're going to end up replacing them in a couple years but if you buy quality items they can last you a lifetime. And you don't need alot - start with a few basics like a good stockpot, frypan, baking sheet and chefs knife, then build from there based on your cooking style.
3. Quality over quantity
When you're buying ingredients, buy the best quality you can find. That can be from the farmer's market or your favourite grocery store where you know you can get good quality ingredients. The better the ingredients, the less you need to do to them so you instantly simplified your cooking.
2. Own your tastes
Don't force what you know you don't like just because it's the trendy food to eat right now. There's so many beautiful options when it comes to food so if you've tried something a few times and you know you don't like it, find the things you do love and go with that.
1. Don’t always follow the recipe
Recipes are great for inspiration and if you're starting out in the kitchen they're a great guideline. At the same time there's so many factors that can change the result - like your oven or stove might be hotter, even your ingredients can change depending on where you buy it. So instead use your senses, get creative, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!