Boiling an egg.
That’s usually the minimum standard for cooking. However, you’ll need more skills than that to put together a weekly meal plan that’s edible and enjoyable. As an aside, boiling an egg isn’t that easy.
There are a host of ways to improve your skills and I’ll share with you the methods that I’ve found helpful in the hope that they’ll help you too.
1 | Recipe Books
Recipe books may not be the obvious reading material for upping your skills in the kitchen, however there’s a lot to learn from reading recipes and familiarising yourself with terminology, phrases and technical steps. There are of course books dedicated to culinary skills and those are useful resources too, however recipe books have the added advantage of being filled with recipes that you can try your newfound skills on. There’s nothing like reading through a handful of recipes to get to grips with the various steps of putting a dish together. After a while, this almost becomes second nature, please take my word on that last point. Dust off your recipe books and start reading.
2 | Food Blogs
There are so many good food blogs out there. Not only are there great written blog posts to read through, but there are recipes and videos demonstrating step by step what’s involved in any given recipe. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed exploring thestonesoup. It’s one of my favourite food blogs, the recipes are simple and the food photography is beautiful.
3 | Cooking Classes
Nothing beats an in-person class to try out different cooking techniques and learning how to make new dishes. There’s the opportunity to ask questions, especially useful if it’s a series of classes. You can try out the recipe at home and then return the next week to discuss any issues you encountered. A great way to get started with cooking classes is to try out cooking classes when you’re on holiday. There’s something about the change of scene and relaxed holiday vibe that goes well with learning a new skill.
4 | Online Courses
Now this option is a little similar to taking cooking classes, however it has the added benefit of taking place online, which means you don’t have to leave home. And you can follow along right from your own kitchen. Most online classes are self-paced, so you can log on and take the class at a time that suits you. I’ve taken classes with thestonesoup and can highly recommend them.
5 | Experiment
Before or after you’ve tried all of the above, you can gather some ingredients and try things out. Experimenting will build your confidence, even if some dishes turn out less desirable than you intended, you’ll learn a lot in the process. And when you make a winning meal, you can add it to your repertoire.
Are you a cooking novice or a seasoned chef? Which of these steps sound good to you? Let me know in the comments below.