I don’t watch too much TV, but when I do, I can’t help but drool over the scrumptious shows showcasing the talents of professional and amateur chefs. Last night, I happened to catch the end of Masterchef, a cooking competition that sees amateur cooks with a variety of backgrounds challenged to be crowned the champion chef. As the four contestants in danger of losing their apron whipped up homemade pasta dishes in 90 minutes, I couldn’t help but wish I was a wiz in the kitchen just like them.
I really enjoy cooking. I can’t say I’m too good at it but it’s so satisfying to put time and effort into preparing a meal only to have it come out as tasty and well-cooked as you imagined. On the other hand, a disastrous meal can be so disappointing - I've learned the hard way that lemon meringue pie is not my specialty! I’m definitely the type of cook that needs instructions…give me a recipe and I promise you I will follow it step by step (my husband? Not so much…reading a recipe isn’t his thing!). This doesn’t always create the most amazing meals, as a little creativity in the kitchen isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve definitely treated my tastebuds to some delicious dishes over the years. While not the most sophisticated of cookbooks, I’ve found Eat, Shrink and Be Merry to be the perfect cookbook for a recipe reader like myself. It not only provides mouthwatering meals but all the recipes are healthy and super easy to make…throw in a little humour (…The Ladle in Red anyone?) and some fun facts about food and cooking with my husband or some good friends becomes one of my favourite things to do. For me, cooking with someone or cooking for someone is much better than cooking by myself or for myself. I just don’t put the effort in when I’ll be the only one eating it. But if it’s time for dinner party, I will happily be helping out in the kitchen. I may be no masterchef but I am definitely a willing participant!
What do you like to cook? Do you follow recipes or create your own masterpieces?