Home cooking is a beautiful activity, and for many, many, many reasons. Sure, you can boast an absolutely fantastic meal at the end of your efforts. But presenting a meal to a family member, friend or romantic interest is perhaps one of the most profound and in-depth acts of love you can ever give them. You can also do this every night without the gesture getting old in the slightest. But, over time, it is possible for cooking to feel like a chore aside from being the amazing culinary adventure it should be. Of course, there’s no reason to think that your home cooking is lacking if you don’t produce the best meal of your life each and every night, as this can only add pressure to your mindset. But, if you feel as though cooking has lost its flair to you, and perhaps starting to get a little long in the tooth, a change might need to be made.
This kind of ennui can happen to anyone. Even professional athletes can get tired of practicing routine drills once in a while. However, when that happens, coaches know how to switch things up, to ensure the athlete continues with enthusiasm. Think of yourself in the same way, and operate as your own coach.
Of course, you need to start somewhere. We hope the following advice will help:
Give yourself the room to experiment in your kitchen. You never know just what delights might come your way. The fastest way to get bored in your culinary zone is to only copy the recipes of a chef you might like, or to get them all from one, small website. Instead, bring some of your own creative flair to proceedings! You need to feel enthused by that which you’re making. Sometimes an experimented meal that doesn’t turn out all too well can feel more engaging to craft and taste than one you knew would be perfect because of following a recipe to the letter. There’s nothing wrong with the use of recipes of course, they can help anyone learn how to cook and perhaps open their horizons.
If this is what gives you that room to experiment, you should cherish it as much as possible. But sometimes, a little personal care can be perfect. Perhaps Oregano is a superior seasoned herb for a particular dish compared to basil, and you’ll only know that if you try. Perhaps emulating the best part of another culture’s cuisine on one third of your plate could give a dish you love an entirely new identity, and could help you fall in love with it all over again.
Give Yourself Time
Give yourself time to enjoy the process of cooking. It can feel like you have no real understanding of how cooking works or even give yourself time to enjoy it if you’re in a massive rush each and every day. Of course, we need to be realistic. Most people do only have a limited window of time during the week when having to raise their children, conduct all the household chores and maybe even head to work in the same day. During these times, no one could blame you for opting for simple, easy and nourishing dinners.
But when you have time, it can be wonderful to truly care for a meal. You might decide to slow roast a set of ribs, or perhaps baste a wonderful roast chicken in its own juices over the course of several hours. Cooking can be an art when you have time to apply to it, and you need only apply the little efforts in order to get it up to standard. Perhaps with a glass of wine, some smooth jazz on the radio and the smells leaking from your oven, you’ll understand once more why the kitchen is the heart of the home.
Replace Or Upgrade Equipment
It can be extremely demoralizing when we have to contend with difficult or faulty equipment. It might just be that some of your equipment needs a clean. Applying an oven cleaning solution to soak over a couple of hours can eliminate the grease that has built up over time, and this will also limit the potential of fires from developing. It might be that purchasing a new blender or other simple appliance can make the art of whatever-that-function-was so much easier.
Another thing to look out for is having too many appliances in your kitchen. Of course, we all have a drawer with many small appliances and tools such as knives, peelers and a range of other small implements. But it might be that during a particularly indulgent spree of television shopping, you now have a special slicer, five garlic crushers, three pairs of specialist scissors, a spaghetti measurer, and a range of other too-numerous-to-list items that could really send someone over the edge if they tried to conduct an inventory of it all. Of course, you are more than free to decide what you actually use, but if there are some items in your kitchen that haven’t been used for months on end, it might be throwing out the waste can leave your kitchen with a breath of fresh air.
Try A New Diet
Some new diets not only give us the chance to jump out of our eating comfort zones, but our comfort zones in the kitchen to. Let’s take a diet that many people are shouting the positive benefits of lately – Keto. Keto is a simple diet that uses the eradication of carbs from your intake to convert your body to a much more effective form of fuel, ketones produced by the liver. This can help prevent an insulin spike after eating which could be essential for diabetics. Thanks to your body choosing to run off fat instead of carbs (and it is incredibly adept at switching food sources,) you might notice your excess weight dropping from you much more quickly and healthily than it might have done otherwise. This diet is not for everybody, so be sure to consult your Dietician or Doctor before making a change.
However, due to the complete elimination of carbohydrates, you have many different options to consider. From steaks to high-fat fish to other fatty cuts of meat, you will begin to learn how to creatively use the relatively restrictive options available to you. Avocado devilled eggs might become one of your main breakfast fixtures, as well as finding the best manner of placing bacon in most of your meals. Keto also promotes a heavy intake of leafy green vegetables, and so finding new recipes such as low-carb casseroles can be worthwhile. Of course, this is just one example of a new diet that you might try. You might also decide on Paleo, vegetarianism or even veganism. All bring with them challenges in your culinary efforts, and all are worth trying. Who knows, you might just learn a lot as well as assisting your health.
Meal Plan Sunday
Previously in this article we suggested that the true love of cooking comes when you have time to indulge in it. Of course, during the week that might not be realistic. However, it might be that you have most of Sunday free. This is your day to spend with your family, to relax and enjoy yourself. Cooking could be one of those activities that helps you do just that.
Planning out the meals for the next week, or at least Monday-to-Friday, you can prepare them now with all your fresh ingredients and freeze them for the week. This can ensure you head to work with a competent, simple-to-heat up meal that has all the love and attention put into it that you like. This way you can also make use of bulk-buying ingredients, and should help you eliminate food waste and energy costs during the week. You might not be able to do this with all meals, but if you can you might find an extreme excess of time you might have been looking forward to.
Better yet, finding a list of subscription boxes could help you find an ingredients delivery service that help you utilize pre-packaged items and recipes to help even this time of the day go smoothly and swimmingly. If there’s anything to help motivate you along in your culinary exploits, it would be this.
Follow Food Channels
The world of YouTube has brought with it many things, both good and bad. But when it comes to food, it’s almost always good. Excellent channels such as Gordon Ramsay’s own, Binging With Babish, Tasty and Bon Appetit not only go into the basics of crafting food, but also come up with extremely entertaining and unique content on the regular. For example, Babish is known for replicating meals from movies and television shows, while Bon Appetit often try to replicate snacks in a gourmet fashion. From learning how to butcher to simply viewing meals you may never afford to eat, this can be a great place to take inspiration, and to follow the wacky ideas of those presenters.
With these tips, you will certainly ensure the beauty of home-cooking never leaves you.