Not being able to cook well is both embarrassing and amusing.
I was raised with the idea that the most important thing you need to learn is that you need to learn how to cook and cook well. I am crap at cooking. Absolutely and utterly crappy. I’m not exaggerating either. Whenever I try a new recipe that seems simple enough, my husband will encourage me to try it but still try to hide his nervousness in tasting it. I’m thirty years old now. I’m still not very good with the basics. It’s terribly frustrating on my end because I try so hard. I’m not sure whether it’s me or the settings on my stove or my eyesight betraying me on when I read measurements.
Embarrassing Confession #1 ⇥ I used to throw the pasta in just as I turned the stove on for the pot to boil. I was never told to wait till the water is boiled. Then the pasta starts to feel soft and mushy.
Embarrassing Confession #2 ⇥ I have yet to make mashed potatoes without it being in powder form from those small packets. Every time I boil the potatoes for the time necessary, it’s still always super hard.
Embarrassing Confession #3 ⇥ I purposely avoid recipes with any meat unless it’s beef. Why? It’s the most tolerable of them all. Chicken, lamb, pork all nauseate me to look, touch and smell. But fun fact, one time I managed to make chicken explode on my wall.
Embarrassing Confession #4 ⇥ I burn pancakes every single time. Even if I check it every moment it seems ready, it won’t be. But the moment I choose to not check it, it suddenly looks like it could be used with the rest of the charcoal in a BBQ grill.
Embarrassing Confession #5 ⇥ I’ve never made a proper Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner.
Embarrassing Confession #6 ⇥ I didn’t realize til a year ago that with every cup of rice, you need two cups of water.
Here is the simple fact of the matter. I don’t want to suck at cooking. I was lazy as a kid when trying to be taught. But now that I’m older, wanting to learn something beyond boxed Shoprite Mac and Cheese and powdered mash potatoes is something I want to try to master before the end of this year. I see some delicious foods on Pinterest and Instagram that seem so delicious and simple to make. I attempt it and burn it what I’m making, or undercook what I’m making. Or somehow manage to make it lack flavor.
I’ve attempted to make shepherds pie, Irish stew (without the Guinness), a few Jamie Oliver recipes and a few Nigella (fangirl over here). I keep trying to figure out what it is that I’m doing wrong. I am determined to master at least the very basics of cooking. It’s a shitty feeling not wanting your own cooking or seeing your partner hesitate in trying a recipe you made. I really want to stop relying on products like those powdered mash potatoes, or buying the already made rotisserie chicken from Shoprite and start making food we’re going to want on a Saturday or Sunday night rather than eating out from our pizza joint or subway.
What have your experiences been like learning to cook? Also, what’s the most amusing (but hopefully not explosive) thing to happen to you?