You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true – anyone can cook… but only the fearless can be great. – Gusteau in Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille
I am not an amazing cook. I frequently overcook chicken and my hollandaise sauce almost always breaks. I lack the culinary vision that great chefs possess and frequently cry in awe and envy when presented with artful dishes, which I myself could never have thought of. I have an underdeveloped palate and a worthless sense of smell.
Is it weird that I envy that little cartoon rat for his highly developed palate and culinary genius?? I do. I really do.
But, I LOVE to cook. I cook often. I’ll attempt anything. What’s the worst that will happen? It’ll be a little overcooked? Maybe a bit mushy or burned? Overseasoned? Big Whoop! That’s right! Big. Whoop. Keep a frozen pizza in the freezer and try again next time. I remember looking through a cookbook when I was about 13 years old and spotting a recipe for Baked Alaska. Hmmm…ice cream in the oven?? This was a challenge I couldn’t resist. So I whipped up some meringue, coated the ice cream as directed and popped it in the oven. The result was a tray full of melted ice cream. I was devastated. What had I done wrong? I’d followed the recipe step by step, but it was a total flop. I haven’t tried to make Baked Alaska since that time, but it doesn’t mean I won’t try again in the future.
Cooking, much like doing anything unfamiliar, is about being fearless. Just hold your breath and jump.
Anyone can cook. I love that!
I’ll be offline for a few days, celebrating a dear friend’s wedding! In the mean time…Go forth and cook! Be fearless and eat well!