I’m the type of person who doesn’t know how to do very basic things in the kitchen.
I remember the first time I needed to brown ground beef. I actually googled it and wondered if I was doing it right. Yep. Most of the time, I feel like an idiot in the kitchen. I’m probably not doing it right, but at least I’m trying.
With the vast abundance of helpful videos on YouTube and tips on the internet, there is simply no reason not to try. I don’t care anymore that I feel like an idiot. The more I practice, the more that feeling will go away.
There are thousands of cooking blogs and websites out there by people with years of cooking experience. This blog is the opposite: it’s written by someone who has no freaking clue what they are doing in the kitchen.
I’m just figuring it all out as I go, and I have a feeling there are more people out there like me than not. Perhaps my fumbling exploits in the kitchen can help and inspire others.
I started this blog for two reasons:
- To document & share my progress: holding myself accountable to stick with it.
- Inspire others: hearing other people’s feedback keeps me motivated.
Whether they’re inexperienced like me or simply looking for a recipe, sharing with others is fun!
I’ll bet there are quite a few busy parents like us who feel overwhelmed trying to frequently cook fresh meals. Even more, people who likely share our expanding waistbands with age.
Two kids later, we have far less time to be active and a whole lot of reasons why. But after justifying to myself for so long why I can’t be healthier, I decided to quit making excuses, start with an easy plan of small steps, and set a positive example for our children.
I’ve always loved baking. For years, I’ve tackled fun & colorful projects for birthday parties or just for kicks.
Even though I’m an equally inexperienced baker, there is something about the measured, step-by-step aspect that made me a bit more daring with baking over the years. So why not do the same with cooking?
I love those enticing “how to” time lapse recipe videos that have popped up all over my Facebook feed this past year. Those were a major point of inspiration to get started. Cooking has always been intimidating for me. I’m addicted to cooking competition shows (Masterchef, Top Chef, The Taste, Hell’s Kitchen), and I always watch with envious admiration. I just never thought that I could take simple ingredients and turn them into something wonderful.
Enter: Facebook pages with a pleasant barrage of time-lapse recipes.
First of all, I’ve been a time lapse junkie before it was a common thing. I used to create manual shot-by-shot time lapse videos all the time. So when I saw these start popping up, I was instantly hooked. Even though I had previously bookmarked plenty of recipes in the past, the catalyst to actually make them wasn’t there.
Somehow, seeing all these delicious meals go from fresh ingredients to glorious eats in mere seconds was convincing that it was easier than I thought. Surely, even I (expert microwave cook) could manage to pull some of these off.
I’m thrilled at how far I’ve come in even just a month of cooking. Most of the recipes that I’ll be posting about will be first time tries for me, so I may tweak as I re-attempt over time.
Think of me as your “Cooking for Dummies” guinea pig. I’ll test all those beautiful recipe videos that roll through your Facebook feed, then explain my mistakes and how easy it actually was (or wasn’t) to make.
I should be clear on one thing: I won’t always be cooking the healthiest, leanest, super power packed, diet-friendly meals.
While I do love healthy food, I also love the super delicious not-so-healthy too. You’ll see a mix of everything come across my blog.
*Disclaimer* Yes, I am guilty of frequently sprinkling in pre-packaged elements to our meal ensembles (i.e. crescent rolls, boxed scalloped potatoes, flavored rice sides). For me, this makes cooking frequently a realistic concept. I hope to replace more of those with fresh cooking over time, but I’m starting with baby steps.
If you knew our eating lifestyle the past few years (filled with take-out and fast food), ANY meals that incorporate fresh ingredients is a huge improvement for our family.
Come along for the ride, and enjoy the recipes!