Cooking – some of us love it and some of us hate it. Either way, it never hurts to improve your culinary skills, and here are three simple steps you can take to do just that…
This post was sponsored by and written in collaboration with Kitchen Knives.
Knowing how to cook sometimes comes easily to us and sometimes it doesn’t (I’m definitely the latter…). It depends on how we were brought up and who has taught us how to cook in the past. It also depends on your motivation an amount of time available.
But I’m about to tell you three simple steps that we should be able to improve our culinary skills, and impress friends, relatives and maybe even a date!
I’m trying more and more to consciously cook nutritious meals and make sure that I’m healthier and feeling more looked after than ever before. It may seem like a minefield when it comes to cooking, and it can be. But once you’ve made sure to shop a great range of chef’s knives, you have your pots and pans at the ready, and your best apron is on, there are some things you can do to improve your overall skill set and improve your own nutrition.
Having the right tools for the job can really make a difference, and as mentioned having knives and pots and pans are a great starting point. But when it comes to going anywhere near a recipe, you are going to need a few other items to make sure that everything is in place. For example, a blender can be useful, and a rolling pin if you are going to be baking. It all depends on exactly what type of food you would like to eat, and what do you want to cook, but as soon as you know what that is you are able to take a trip to a store, and stock up on all the tools that you could possibly need. Do try not to get too wrapped up in gimmicks and gadgets though – just ensure that you have the basic tools and that they are decent quality!
There’s a wealth of information online when it comes to talking about cookery, and probably opportunities to take up cookery classes in your area if you wish. But really, all you need is to find that one recipe book that inspires you to try out some recipes, and go with the trial and error method. This will give you confidence, and prevent you from getting lost along the way. Some recipe books will definitely be easier than others, so do your research and make sure that you have all the information that you need to succeed in this area.
The motivation that you have for cooking is going to depend on your lifestyle, the health and fitness concerns that you may have, and your budget. So work out exactly what your motivation is, how much money you have to spend on the food on tills, and make sure that you are aligning everything to your benefit. If you are motivated to cook to save money, then there are plenty of resources to help you with that. Maybe you’re motivated by weight loss? Then, of course, this would it be a different set of books and tools that you may need. Making sure that you know your motivation, and working towards that, should ensure that you benefit and can produce some wonderful meals quickly.