“This is my advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun” – Julia Child
Cooking is a fairly new to me. I’ve been baking since I was very young, but I only really started cooking a few years ago. I love trying new recipes and am pushing myself to try new foods and cooking techniques. It can be intimidating and sometimes my meals are failures, but I am improving. I also love that my 11 year-old son helps me and I can teach him and learn with him.
Cooking doesn’t have to be hard. At our fingertips we have an endless resource of recipes, videos, tips, and food forums to help us find our way. Don’t just look at a recipe, scroll down and read the helpful comments left by others who have made the dish. You don’t need to be bound by a desktop computer, I do a lot of my recipe searching, collecting, meal planning and grocery lists on my iPod touch and on my cell.
We are lucky that we have tools and appliances that make our lives in the kitchen easier, too. Cooking a great supper doesn’t have to happen just on the stove-top. I use my crock-pot a few times a week to make a one-dish meal, the main dish or even a side. A couple things I want to try in the slow-cooker, but haven’t are desserts or hot chocolate. The bread machine is also a multi-use appliance. Sure you can make bread, but you can also make the dough for pizza, cinnamon buns, cake or even pasta dough and jam! And your blender doesn’t just need to blend smoothies or a piña colada, I used mine to process the ingredients together for the Chicken Curry.
This year I will continue to try different cooking techniques, recipes and will try to be more consistent with meal planning. And I will work on cooking more healthy meals. That last one might be hard, but I will try. ;)
One of the best things about using a slow-cooker is the aroma of food cooking throughout the day and not having to rush to get dinner ready.
I served the chicken curry on a bed of rice and topped with plain yogurt and chopped green onions. Naan on the side.
Find the Crockpot Coconut Chicken and other mouthwatering recipes on the Carpe Season blog.