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The Art of Cooking


Cooking is not magic. It is either an art or a science depending on what suits you best. If you are creative or artistic, then cookery can be an art. If you like rules and order, then you probably treat cookery as a science. Whichever you decide it is, you can implement it by using a few rules. These rules must apply even if you are artistic – perhaps they are even more important.

How to start cooking successfully.

The first thing you should know is that cooking has a language which you must learn. (As with most things in life). With most good cook books you will find a list of meanings in the front – Definitions and descriptions of weights and measures  etc. It will also sometimes tell you how to boil, simmer, braise, roast or bake. There may also be conversions from Gas to electricity scales. The more modern cookbooks by T.V. chefs will not have this information. The older classic books are often better in this regard

Starting to cook.

You will make better progress if you start with something simple. Once you have mastered this you can start to separate eggs and make meringues etc.
Before doing anything, read the recipe through – twice. Don’t start until you understand it. If in doubt about what a term means, refer to your reference book. Don’t guess – it will likely be wrong – and important.  Next assemble your ingredients. At this point you should measure the quantities you need and place them on plates or cups. Always weigh and measure everything, don’t guess. If it turns out well, you can duplicate it . If it doesn’t taste exactly how you want, you can then increase or decrease an ingredient to make the difference. (Usually salt or sugar, but sometimes other items such as flour).
The key to success is to start with easy home cooking recipes

Once you have success with simple recipes such as scrambled eggs on toast, take the next step, try omelettes or soufflés. Much the same ingredients – just alternative (possibly difficult) cooking methods. Whatever they say, nobody makes a dificult dish at their first attempt, practice makes perfect and whilst the dish does not turn outperfect it will generally be good enough.

When you have mastered with some recipes, try changing them slightly, so they become your own. change seasonings and see how you like it. Sometimes it will be magnificent, sometimes it will not work. If you have kept good notes and measurements then you can duplicate a meal that is successful.

Completing your Meal.

It is very important to present your dish to please the eye and nose as well as the taste buds. It has been proved that people with no sense of smell do not enjoy food as much as those who have this sense. Therefore if a meal looks good you are more inclined to expect to enjoy it and are more likely to try it. This is where creative people find it easier to produce an enticing dish than those less artistically inclined.

One last thing, cooking is meant to be enjoyable. If you like preparing your meals, it will show.

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