Why Cooking Well Is Often Easier Than You'd Think'

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It can feel daunting for young people to learn how to cook for the first time. This may be especially true if you have certain disabilities or limitations that had precluded your ability to work the equipment, or perhaps you haven’t been able to afford quality ingredients up until now.

Whatever the reason, you shouldn’t chastise yourself for having trouble or hesitancy in learning how to cook properly. Now you’ve decided to, that’s all that matters. From here, cooking is a practice that you have to learn and that does take time to master, but getting to grips with the basics is easier than you’d imagine.

So if you’re a little worried about leaving home for the first time, or you’re headed off into your student campus, or perhaps you simply wish to eat a little healthier, it’s important to know that cooking is often easier than you’d think.

In this post, we’ll discuss a few methods for achieving the best outcome possible:

Curate A Worthwhile Shopping List

It’s good to curate a shopping list that remains formatted along with your planned meals for the week. This can mean deciding which meats you’re going to keep refrigerated and which packages you might freeze, which vegetables to purchase now or later, and what essentials you need.

While you may not wish to implement more stringent meal planning, having a basic plan like this can keep your spending limited. It will also help you source worthwhile ingredients of high quality; such as meats sourced from local butchers; organic produce where appropriate, and certain styles of food such as whole fish or fillets. 

When you can get to grips with shopping for ingredients more comfortably, even to the point where conversing with fishmongers, butchers, or the delicatessen at the supermarket, you’ll have achieved 50% of what it is that makes a worthwhile home cook. Keeping up an updated inventory of the goods you have to work with can also help you avoid waiting until certain produce expires before you get the chance to eat it.

This process will also help you plan your cooking methods. For instance; marinating butterfly-cut chicken breasts in a lemon and lime marinade will be easier if you buy that produce together and consider when you’ll be preparing this meal.

Consider this provisional and healthy shopping list to know where to get started.

Balance Your Meals Well

A careful balance of proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats and vegetables (these provide plenty of nutrients including fibres, leafy greens are best here), can make a big difference.

Ultimately, you don’t have to craft the most complex recipes or the most visually appealing meals as a home cook, because if you get this blend right between each meal, you’re going to be eating well. For instance, an evening meal as simple as shredded chicken with spices and a sauce you enjoy, brown rice, and some seasoned, steamed broccoli is a nice meal to have for dinner, healthy too, packed with flavor, and presenting everything you need to eat at that time of day. 

While this may not seem like a curated ‘recipe’ like a casserole, for example, cooking with food groups like this way is a healthy means of getting started in the kitchen. This is especially the case if planning renewed eating habits, such as when hoping to bulk up or lose weight.

Learn Basic Cooking Techniques

You don’t have to sous vide or dry age foods in order to cook well in the kitchen. Basic cooking techniques often reign over all.

For instance, placing your bacon in oven cooking recipes can help you enjoy crisp, tasty, utterly crispy garnishes to a lovely salad, or make a great breakfast sandwich. Steaming broccoli or other vegetables can help them unlock their taste. Placing some asparagus in a dish with some salt, pepper and olive oil and letting it roast will taste beautiful.

Experiment with these cooking techniques, and see just how easy it is to unlock great flavor. As any highly skilled chef learns at the finality of their career - it was often the simple techniques that were best.

Follow A Worthwhile Recipe Book

A simple recipe book or online blogging cook can be a beautiful means of adding some value to your day to day cooking approach.

Try to opt for instructional guides such as one-pot cooking to help you better cook stews and other recipes. It will make a major difference as to how capable and confident you are in the kitchen.

With this advice, you’re certain to see how cooking well is often much easier than you’d think.


19th Birthday

To my dear daughter, nineteen years have passed from the day I first held you in my arms. It’s been an exhilarating journey being your mom. No, it hasn’t been all bliss and lollypops and gum drops, you and I both know this.  There were many tears from both of us but time goes fast- first day of Kindergarten to first day of high school, graduation, drivers license, first job, first day of University. Now, 19. 

You taught me how to be a mom.

You taught me how to love unconditionally. You taught me how to embrace life. You taught me how to have confidence.

Yes, I know, it’s a mom’s job to teach her children, but on this mother-daughter-deal I think I learned more from you.

When you were born, I was in no way ready to be the mom that I needed to be. I was still growing-up myself. You got the brunt of all my first-time mom mistakes. Like… the time I thought you were dying because your temperature reached 105 degrees, only to hear your dad say, “Did you shake the thermometer to clear it before you took her temperature?” I was on the phone with the doctor at the time and quickly said, “Oh never mind. I did it wrong.” many wrong things but here we are. 

I did it wrong.

“I did it wrong,” that was my theme verse while raising you.

I watched you grow into a capable woman of God, beautiful inside and out. Such talent and grace, with wisdom way beyond your years. Watching you lead worship in church and small group makes me so happy. 

I got to watch you surrender your life to Jesus Christ. I Someday I will get to watch you walk down an isle and into the hand of a man I respect and love, knowing you would always be loved and well cared for. You chose well. 

Yes, today, you are a wonderful daughter. You are everything that I had wished I could be while I was raising you. Everything I was striving to be. All of my striving is being realized in watching you, and I am so very proud. It makes it worth all the pain and insecurity, all the sleepless nights, all the fears and blunders.

One of the greatest joys of motherhood is watching your kids do stuff (dealing with disappointment, overcoming, soaring) better than you. The joys of motherhood are realized in having a daughter such as you. Brooke happy birthday, my dear daughter, thank you for making my world brighter than I ever thought possible.

I love you now and forever… Mom


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Organizing The Perfect Night-In

 Whether you’re knee deep in a burn out or simply need a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life, having a night-in inside the comfort and familiarity of your home is always going to be a great way to help you chill out and unwind. Thankfully, figuring out how to plan the best night-in doesn’t need to be as tricky as you might expect, as this guide contains a range of innovative ideas that you can make the most of today. So, if you’d like to reap the rewards of a relaxing night-in but don’t know how to go about planning the perfect evening, then simply read on to discover more! 

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Cook Up A Delicious Feast 

One of the best ways to kick off the perfect night-in is by cooking up a delicious feast! Spending time at home provides you with the ideal opportunity to get in the kitchen, and cooking can be a really therapeutic experience too. There are so many different dishes that you can create, so it totally depends on your unique taste preferences. You can choose to prepare a warming Italian ragu, a fresh Thai summer salad or even a comforting macaroni cheese - there are countless recipes available online, including video recipes and written tutorials too. The rhythmic chopping of vegetables and the many scents and sounds associated with cooking can be such an enjoyable and relaxing experience, and getting to taste the end product when you sit down to tuck into a fresh, delicious meal is so rewarding too. A full belly will no doubt kick off your night-in in the best possible way! Just make sure you have all of your ingredients ready to go before your night-in begins, as you won’t want to be dealing with the stress of rushing to the store before closing time when you should be chilling out in the comfort of your home. 

Enjoy Some Entertainment 

In order to keep yourself sufficiently occupied during your night-in, it’s a good idea to line up some entertainment. There’s nothing better than settling down to watch your favorite film or show, so this can certainly be something that you include in your plans. Sign up for some free trials on popular streaming sites or explore anime torrent sites if you’re looking to save on cash, as it can be expensive to purchase individual films and shows online. You can also use your TV or laptop to play games, including adventure games, social games with international players and so much more. Alternatively if you want something a little less full on, then you can listen to a relaxing audiobook or simply settle down with a real hardback that you can dive into as you snuggle back in a comfy chair. If you would like a more creative entertainment idea, why not explore some crafting? You can paint, draw or even crochet - just let your creative juices flow and go wherever your imagination takes you! 

Indulge In A Little Self Care 

Last but by no means least, the best way to finish off your night-in is by indulging in a little self care. Self care is a pretty broad topic that can cover a variety of activities, as your idea of self care can be totally different to someone else’s. For example, one person might find a hot bubble bath a real dream, whereas a home yoga session would be perfect for someone else. The main idea of self care is that you indulge in an activity that benefits you and you alone, so whether you decide to have a luxurious face mask, take a nap or even tidy your room to feel the satisfaction of a wonderfully clean and organized space, just make sure you’re the one reaping the rewards! Don’t worry if you’re a little stuck trying to come up with ideas for self care during your night-in, as you can find so much inspiration online. Some relaxing self care will certainly prepare you for a good night's rest, finishing off your evening in the best way. 

Organizing the perfect night-in has never been so simple when you can take the time to utilize some of the brilliant tips and ideas that have been carefully detailed above. Start by whipping up a delicious storm in the kitchen, and be sure to schedule some entertainment too. Make sure you finish off with a little self care and your night-in will no doubt be a sure fire success! 

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