So if you’re anything like me, you have those days where no matter how close you follow a recipe, it turns out horrible.
You think to yourself “Where did it go wrong? Why does this always happen???” and then you thrown your hands up in the air and grab the nearest take-out menu or in my case, since I like to think of myself as a baker and not a chef, I hit up the nearest confectioner to find an appropriate dessert for whatever occasion that I am currently freaking out about.
We have all been there.
Trust me, you’re not alone.
No seriously, I’m no five-star baker myself. I have days where I burn minute rice and mess up basic cookie dough by forgetting to sift the dry ingredients before mixing (you don’t believe me check out some of my previous posts or speak to my mother/sister….they will be more than happy to attest to my failures in the kitchen…)
Point is to be a baker or a chef, you have to follow one simple rule: if you enjoy cooking and love what you’re doing then voila! You can call yourself a bonafide chef/baker.
I read this post a while back, not sure who wrote it or what site it was from as it was oodles ago before I began baking or blogging, but they wrote a list down of 15 things that they thought signaled “you have reached your destination”. It really inspired me back then and even on to today. Every time I start to doubt myself, I remember this post and how it made me feel so I thought what better way to inspire others than to duplicate it and make my own list!
Now key to it is to stop doubting yourself all the time, rule #1, numero uno, numéro un . I am 100% guilty of doing it, but as the days past and the dishes continue to be used over and over as I continue to practice and try new recipes, I have learned that as long as I enjoy cracking that egg into the bowl and mixing up my ingredients into a nice batter that will, fingers crossed, turn into a scrumptious cake, I am where I am supposed to be.
True it would be nice to be paid to do it, but my pure enjoyment is where the value truly lies for me.
No I didn’t go to a fancy culinary school and no I didn’t train under Europe’s finest confectioners, I have a limited budget and half the time I google images to make sure that my concoction is supposed to look that way, but I with each try, I get a little better each time.
No matter what, chances are we are in the same boat. The world is full of nay-sayers and debbie-downers. Don’t let them determine who you are; give yourself a break and say to yourself, “ Self, you’re a better cook than you think you are.”
Now after reading this extremely inspiration post (wink, wink), you are still not convinced, I have collect a few ways to convince you that while you may not be Mary Berry or Bobby Flay, you still are a little more Iron Chef than you think:
- Your basket at the store is full of ingredients just to stock the pantry for recipes you’d like to eventually try.
- You head into a bookstore and find yourself looking at the cookbooks somehow.
- Your Christmas list is full of kitchen gadgetry and knick knacks such as silicone baking sheets and a new hand sifter.
- You have a go-to recipe that you can make with your eyes close.
- Your family tends to set you up with a specific food type such as dessert for holidays and gatherings.
- Your saved file on facebook is full of recipes instead of cat videos (mine is about 75/25).
- You tend to watch cooking shows when nothing else is on and make comments like “Dude, that’s so simple” when you see the contestants sweating over a ‘basic recipe’.
- People start offering to pay for ingredients if you would make something for them or are sending you request for items to make over social media.
- You look forward to Saturdays so that you can finally bake something.
- You take random ingredients and turn them into a meal.
- You have been able to reuse items from one recipe and make another.
- You are brave enough to break away from a recipe and try to improve it and as well as brave enough to follow one and not change a thing.
- You are looking into things like remodeling your kitchen or reorganizing it to give you more space to work.
- You tend to use words like whisk, flip, beat, strain, measure, cut, grate, squeeze, shred, and stir in everyday conversation
- Lastly and most importantly, You like your own food. If you like it, well then congrats — you’re officially a good cook.
Hopefully now you can have a little more faith in yourself and you skills in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, there will still be days where you forget to use unsalted versus salted butter or use the whole egg instead of just the whites, but all-in-all, it’s a learning process. Just remember that. Pat yourself on the back because you’re not in at Le Cordon bleu; you’re having the courage to take this monster on by yourself. So wipe those tears and get back in the kitchen and get cooking!