When it comes to cooking, there seems to be a bit of prestige surrounding really difficult and complicated recipes. People tend to be really impressed when you can bake an extremely difficult cake and decorate it like a professional. They should be, considering just how much time and effort it takes to make something like that. However, this does push us towards more complicated recipes every time and we tend to miss out on some classics and interesting simple recipes. In fact, some people outright avoid simple recipes because they don’t think it’s going to be a challenge to make, and this can start to push you in a bad direction in terms of cooking.
So in this post, we’re going to talk about why you should never shy away from simple recipes and how you can make them a little more fun and interesting if you’re looking for a cooking challenge.
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When it comes to simple recipes, choosing quality ingredients is the secret
Many people believe that simple recipes just don’t taste as good as something deeper and more complex. In many cases, they’d be right. A simple recipe that doesn’t call for much seasoning or preparation may indeed taste a little bland compared to something that has been painstakingly prepared over 24 hours. However, that doesn’t mean there is no flavor or complexity.
The main challenge and difficulty in cooking simple recipes is sourcing quality ingredients. The fresher something is and the more care that was taken into producing the base ingredients, the more tasty and complex the flavor will be. Picking high-quality cocoa products is going to make a simple brownie or chocolate sauce taste absolutely amazing when balanced with the right amount of sugar. Compare this to an off-the-shelf supermarket brand cocoa powder for a fraction of the price and you can absolutely taste the difference.
Simple recipes allow for more customization if you want it
A simple chicken pasta recipe is extremely flexible, giving you plenty of opportunities to customize it and change it the way you want. Don’t be afraid to try new things and deviate a little from recipes; that’s what makes cooking so fun and interesting! The next time you see a simple recipe, think of ways that you can spice it up and really turn it into your own thing. Perhaps you could change the sauce, maybe use a different protein, or even change some of the base ingredients to get a totally new flavor.
Just remember that simple doesn’t necessarily mean that you should avoid it, especially if you’re looking for a cooking challenge. Simple just means that you’re able to personalize something to your liking, thus challenging your existing sense of smell and taste. It forces you to think about your past cooking experience and other recipes, and how you can merge those flavors you love so that you create something that is totally unique. Don’t just follow recipes; buck the trend and change them so the taste is perfect for you.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