One of the topics I wish to discuss is the difference I perceive between following recipes and cooking. Do not misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with using recipes; they are quite useful, and allow someone to attempt dishes they may never have been exposed to before. However, learning how to cook is about a lot more than simply following recipes.
Learning how to cook involves learning why you do certain steps in a recipe. Being told to fry the chopped onion for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat is only really useful if you know what the end result is supposed to look like, and not all stovetop burners heat to the same temperature when set to medium.
My other major complaint with a recipe approach to cooking is the waste of ingredients that tends to occur. You’ll buy what you need, use part of it for the recipe, and suddenly you’re left with all these ingredients you don’t know what to do with. This is a cycle we want to avoid!
In my blog, I don’t just want to share recipes; I want to help people learn how to cook. Cooking can be a lot of fun, and a very satisfying experience.
And hey, as my dad put it to me back in high school, knowing how to whip up a tasty meal is never a bad thing when there’s a girl you’re trying to impress. And the opposite holds true too (and half opposite – girl impressing girl, or guy impressing guy).
The morning after my girlfriend and I arrived in New Westminster, we still hadn’t had the chance to buy our groceries, so we headed out into the down-town area to find somewhere to eat. Deciding we wanted something simple, we looked around until we found this little whole-in-the-wall called Good Eats Cafe that was just opening up its doors for the day.
The menu was simple; they offered a few soups, several sandwiches, and a variety of drinks. Inquiring about the soup, we found out it wasn’t going to be ready for another 30 minutes, but the owner offered to heat up a small amount for us, if we wanted. We ended up ordering the following:
- hot chocolate
- beef and barley soup
- cucumber and cream cheese sandwich
- breakfast sandwich (toasted bread, egg, bacon, cheese)