Cooking is one of the best ways to express yourself and provides an opportunity for you to get creative and let your imagination and creativity run wild. There are few things as satisfying as being able to take a couple of ingredients and turn them into a masterpiece of flavor and texture – plus, providing friends and family with a meal to warm their hearts and tummies brings about a feeling of satisfaction like none other. Each person cooks differently, bringing their own personality and techniques into the kitchen to create something extraordinary. But, every person can take a few key steps to ensure everything runs smoothly and that there are no complications during their cooking experience – this will prevent any awkward instances from happening and relax you even further while cooking. That said, here are four steps to take to ensure an easy cook and ultimately an amazing meal.
Prepare your bench
You are going to create a work of art; you definitely need the space to do your magic on! Start by clearing everything off the counter where you’re going to work; that includes the kids’ toys and all the papers and odd items lying around. A clean workspace will organize your mind as well and allow you to think more clearly while cooking – you also won’t have to move stuff around the whole time in order to be able to work properly.
Get your recipe straight
After preparing the battleground, you’ll now need to get the game plan out of the way. Get your recipe you’d like to tackle and read through it carefully – you don’t want any steps popping up unexpectedly while you have three different pots on the stove and now need to start rummaging through your drawers or kitchen cabinets. Familiarizing yourself with the recipe will also set you at ease about what will need to happen and give your mind a chance to start strategizing. If you’re unsure about what to cook, try doing some research on recipes the entire family will enjoy – one dish that always wins the heart of everyone who eats it is chicken croquettes. The chicken croquettes recipe is also fun to cook and not as labor-intensive.
Line up your ingredients
One of the worst ways to cook is by constantly needing to run to the pantry to get an ingredient, or worse, not finding it midway through your cook and having to start searching frantically for it. You’ve read through your recipe by now, so grab all the ingredients from the pantry and fridge and line them up on your bench – this will make your cook ten times easier and only require you to reach at arm’s length for anything you may need during your cook.
Keep your cool
No matter what happens throughout your cook, it can be fixed; remember that! Too many people start to get flustered whenever something unexpected happens and feel as if there’s no saving the dish – this is not true and can be solved easily if you keep a calm and steady mind throughout your entire cooking experience. Remember, cooking is supposed to be fun after all!Hi I'm glad your here! I love to cook, bake and try new recipes. I enjoy food photography and reviewing products. Hope you enjoy my recipes, thanks for visiting! Sheila