I learned to cook by cooking with my mom. I know how to make tomato pasta sauce, meatloaf, various chicken dishes, potatoes au gratin, among other dishes, because I helped her make them. My sister and I were often allowed to help prep and cook food for dinner in addition to making cookies, brownies, cakes and the like.
|I can't imagine why this liver wasn't appealing.|
As a consequence, there are lots of things I don't know how to cook but I've begun adventuring. Sometimes I start with a recipe. I made Thai chicken noodle soup from this article in an Outside magazine. It was intimidating as I started the stock cooking. The combination of soy, hoisin and fish sauces made it very black. The end result however, was fantastic and produced about six servings. I'm going to attempt both beef jerky and kale chips from recipes this week. My first ever batch of banana bread didn't go to badly either though I've got a few tweaks to the recipe to try. Oh, and don't forget the Sri Racha salt I've made but yet to try.
Other times I sort of make up dishes. I made was was deemed by someone other than myself, a very good dish that seems gumbo-esque. Jalapeno and cheese turkey sausages, brown rice, bell peppers, onion, spinach with a cohesive lemon/herb/teriyaki sauce. I've been pan warming (very lightly cooked) all kind of veggies - bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, squash, spinach - in varying combos with different seasoning every time. I roasted a bell pepper stuffed with a mix of tofu, asparagus, spinach and topped with a slice of dill havarti cheese (a current favorite).
|White turnip and sweet potatoes|
|Dry rub, good for all sorts of meat|
|The end result looks a bit like this.|