“There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.” Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938), U.S. author. The Web and the Rock, ch. 28 (1939).
These days with so many fast food and take outs everywhere, it seems there is no need for one to learn the art of cooking. Cooking is not just a necessity in life but it is an expression of love. To be able to prepare dinner for your husband after a day’s work and see his eyes lit up would make your grind in the kitchen all worth it. Cooking your child’s favorite food after a hard day in school would make him feel loved at home. As the famous line of Chef Gusteau from the Disney movie Ratatouille says”Anyone can cook”so does anyone who is interested to learn will know how to cook. How to start? Here are simple tips for you to follow.
If you cannot enroll yourself in cooking class, you can invest in good recipe books or magazines that can be found in the local bookstore or magazine stand. Food Magazine is one of the best that you can buy. It is affordable, easy to follow and uses ingredients that you can find in your local supermarkets. It has colorful illustrations and important tips included that are very useful.
Start with an easy recipe that you can find. Every lesson learned is a step by step process. As you go along and develop confidence in cooking you can always try the harder and complicated ones. Prepare the ingredients needed before you start cooking. Familiarize yourself with cooking tools and terminologies used to make it easy for you to understand how the food is done.
Boiling: Chicken 15-20minutes; Pork 20-30 minutes; Beef 45-60 minutes while seafood like fish, shrimps and squid should not be overcooked more than 10 minutes.
Frying: Make sure your pan is dry before putting in the cooking oil. Wait till it’s hot before frying so that the food will not stick to the pan.
Marinating: Chicken is best when marinated the day before. Pork can absorb the marinade in 30-60 minutes.
Steaming: Fish is steamed for 10 minutes. You know it is done when the eyes popped out.
A good cook makes good use the sense of taste and smell. Always taste the food that you cook. Whatever you find that is not enough/or more than like the saltiness, spiciness or sweetness, try to make adjustments and note it down beside the recipe.
Practice makes perfect. If you need to cook the recipe several times just to get it right it, do it. Keep a notebook where you can jot down notes regarding the new recipe you are learning.
It is a joy cooking for family and friends especially when it is being appreciated. Learning it, like anything else you plan out to do, should be done one step at a time. Be patient. Nowadays with the easy access of Internet, cooking has been made easy. If anyone can do it so can you.