Are you a cooking novice confronted with restaurants everywhere closing? You’ve come to the right place. Here we’ll give you top tips to re-energize your cuisine routine during self-isolation, this is the season where you become a seasoned chef.
First, you’re going to need a recipe. Preferably this will be something exciting and delicious, that you really want to eat, so you stay motivated. We’d recommend pasta, stew and soup, they are all endlessly customizable and easy to make, suitable for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
If you need some inspiration try recipes from the Home Connect cookbook, it’s full of ideas. Got your recipe? Ok, let’s get started.
Most recipes require chopping some vegetables, and this is an important skill. The usual suspects are onions and garlic, the base ingredients for lots of delicious meals. Onions can sometimes make you cry, chill them beforehand to avoid this or turn your hood on with Home Connect. You can also wear swimming goggles if you like, just make sure your flatmates can’t see you. Prepping the garlic is super easy, use the flat of the blade to crush cloves first and their skins will peel off without much hassle. Great job, keep it up!
No matter what your recipe is, an easy way to take it to the next level is with herbs and spices. The fresh stuff is always better, but it doesn’t hurt to keep some dry staples in the cupboard. Some good options are cumin, bay leaves and nice black pepper. These go well with so many dishes, it’s unbelievable. Whatever your dish is, season to your personal preference and remember to taste test as you go, that’s how the pros do it.
Cooking is a highly rewarding hobby, and if it goes well you’ll have something delicious to enjoy. But if it doesn’t go well don’t worry, every mistake is a valuable lesson. Patience is one of cooking’s sacred virtues, and probably the most important thing to remember. If a dish isn’t a success you can always try again, don’t be too hard on yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Once you start cooking, you never stop learning. It can open up a new world of possibilities in terms of culinary understanding and skill. As time goes on you’ll get the taste of success, quite literally. You’ll get it right, we believe in you! Good luck and happy cooking.