Baking Basics

15 Signs to Convince You that You’re More of a Baker/Chef than You Think…

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:

 

  1. Your basket at the store is full of ingredients just to stock the pantry for recipes you’d like to eventually try.
  2. You head into a bookstore and find yourself looking at the cookbooks somehow.
  3. Your Christmas list is full of kitchen gadgetry and knick knacks such as silicone baking sheets and a new hand sifter.
  4. You have a go-to recipe that you can make with your eyes close.
  5. Your family tends to set you up with a specific food type such as dessert for holidays and gatherings.
  6. Your saved file on facebook is full of recipes instead of cat videos (mine is about 75/25).
  7. 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’.
  8. 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.
  9. You look forward to Saturdays so that you can finally bake something.
  10. You take random ingredients and turn them into a meal.
  11. You have been able to reuse items from one recipe and make another.
  12. 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.
  13. You are looking into things like remodeling your kitchen or reorganizing it to give you more space to work.
  14. You tend to use words like whisk, flip, beat, strain, measure, cut, grate, squeeze, shred, and stir in everyday conversation
  15. 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!

Corn Bread Muffins

46 thoughts on “15 Signs to Convince You that You’re More of a Baker/Chef than You Think…

    1. I look at it as there will always be someone better than you and you will always be better than someone else, but important thing is to focus on how it makes you feel not others. If you enjoy baking then you’re there! 😉

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  1. I loved your post soo much, celticpixie22!
    And this is because I am a master baker at my home… 😀 I was feeling connected to each and every line mentioned above.. and that words…flip, whisk.. lol becomes common when I am in the kitchen!

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  2. I’m pretty basic when it comes to cooking, and I’ve never really baked by myself. I keep saying to my wife that I’m gonna bake one day…… Maybe we should 🙂 It’s frustrating though when you look at a recipe and it’s got all these things that just aren’t in your pantry !! Nice post. I like how you wrote like a conversation.

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  3. I Love this post!
    Over the last few years i’ve been honing my skills in both cooking and baking, but it’s so easy to doubt yourself along the way.
    This was the nice positivity boost that I needed 🙂
    Thanks!

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  4. Yes, it’s just about having a go. I do most of the evening cooking because my wife leaves home to work. I did say to her I was going to give baking the go the other day………. I like your writing. Like a conversation.

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  5. What’s funny is that I used to be more of a baker than a chef, until I got married and suddenly I was burning simple stuff like cookies but mastering things like chili. So I flipped. I became more of a chef than a baker, lol. Now I’m just trying to get some balance!

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  6. Very true, indeed. A lot of your points apply to life in general, as well. I love to bake, have messed up or wasted more things than I care to count, but I still keep baking.

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    1. Same here. At least once a week it feels like I’ve messed something up, but you learn from your mistakes and keep on baking as the second time around, it’ll come out just as you hoped 🙂

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  7. Thanks for this! So I am a proper chef then! You need to send me a chef’s cap and chef’s white. Lol. Thanks for sharing and all the best on your blog.

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  8. Nice post.I’m a good cook but not a good baker.Baking is one thing I have always longed to learn.I will give it a try.Now I have a little more faith.Thanks for sharing this post.Its so helpful esp for me.

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    1. I always encourage others to try it. Dive in and give it a go. Baking can be extremely fun and rewarding as well as relaxing once you find your niche. For me baking does it while cooking gives me stress knots lol

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    1. Thanks! I originally was going with Pie and Prejudice and big shocker it was taken. One day as I was making homemade frosting, some got on the recipe page and voila, the blog was born lol

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  9. I love baking! Since I bake for our food truck, I have lost a little of my passion. But that will change once the truck sells and I can just bake for pleasure.

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  10. Baking is my mission, I am truly not a chef or baker, but this summer, I plan to be a macaroon expert. I love cooking and baking and trust that one day I will become good at it!

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  11. Hi Chelsey! I love your positive outlook, it’s a very inspiring post! I’m not much of a baker, but I do cook from time to time. I’m going to put more effort into doing it more frequently, so thank you for the motivation!
    Cheers!
    Meg

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