Awhile back, I blogged about my pursuit of the Joy of Cooking. Then a year passed, during which we decided to change our lives completely, and we were busy with that. Now that things are beginning to settle a little, I want to start trying to learn about food again.
The kids and I sometimes watch cooking shows while folding laundry, including The Barefoot Contessa, Jamie Oliver, Guy Fieri and, most recently, Master Chef, Jr. They all make cooking seem fun, which is my goal … to enjoy cooking.
Since creativity and confidence are built on competence, I decided to put together a one-year self-study plan for myself. (I do better with a basic plan than I do winging it.) So I wrote down 52 basic cooking techniques/skills to learn and practice (one for each week). Then, for each month, I picked two spices to learn about and experiment with; chose a kitchen appliance/gadget to fiddle with; picked one ethnic food to try making; and picked one topic each in the categories of food, nutrition and husbandry to start digging into.
The whole thing fit on three pages, so doesn’t seem daunting at all! If I do an even partly decent job at following it, I may reward myself with some blue dishes at the end of the year. Blue makes food look so interesting.