With all the cooking shows on TV and these gourmet magazines on the market and all those recipe books with vibrant pictures of beautifully arranged dishes, you can’t help but become a cooking enthusiast. Cooking, it appears, is the perfect combination of craft and art.
Finding a cooking class is not difficult. There are plenty of places that offer courses under the guidance and supervision of professional cooks. They give you the products, instructions, observe how you prepare the products and the dishes – tell you what you are doing wrong and show you how it’s supposed to be done. However, attending such classes once a week will, in no way, turn you into a Gordon Ramsay overnight. You might get as angry at yourself as he is at his subordinates but your meals will be nowhere near those of a Michelin-star restaurant.
What you should know before you begin practicing your cooking skills at home is that after you have graduated from your cooking course, you should enroll in a cleaning one. Being a decent cook is a result of years of experience – experience that you will be acquiring at your kitchen. This is why it is inevitable that there will be damages that you will have to deal with after each attempt on preparing your own food.
There are a few basics that you should know before you start out in your kitchen:
Make sure you have a properly working fire extinguisher at home!
Don’t begin cleaning before you have finished completely with the cooking – it is quite likely that you may make a new mess before the end of the night!
Deal with any damages as soon as possible (whether it’s your oven, floor or hardtop – act promptly) – most spills are removed more easily before they dry out.
Buy good cleaning products for your kitchen, especially when it comes to degreasing – if you are really serious about cooking you will have to deal with a lot of grease (in the oven, on the cupboard, the refrigerator- more or less everything in the kitchen)
Be patient and don’t give up! – “Practice makes perfect.” as they say. You will get there sooner or later.