I post a lot of pictures on Facebook of the dishes I make for dinners at home. When someone asks me for a recipe I always do my very best to give them one that they might be able to follow. Sadly, I am not someone that follows a recipe to the nth degree. I tend to change ingredients, or measurements depending on how I think it should taste or look. I add stuff, or take stuff out and sometimes I might cook it longer or differently than the recipe calls for.
For me, cooking isn’t always about following the rules, or doing it the exact same way someone else is doing it.
With this knowledge I can tell you that anyone can follow a recipe, and everyone can have something different by adding a little bit of themselves to the mix.
Following a recipe is like living your life. In life there are certain laws you have to obey, and some are just nice to remember. Being courteous and kind. Driving the Speed Limit. Washing your hands after you use the restroom. Just to name a few. Following a recipe is something we are doing everyday, all the time.
In life, you are always adding a little bit of yourself into whatever you’re mixing up, so cooking is just like living. I cook with love. If I’m not in a good mood, it’s unlikely that what I serve is going to taste that great, or even be presentable. Moods affect how we show ourselves to the world too. It’s true! You are what you eat and you are what your heart holds.
I shop for food just like I cook…with love. A nice supermarket makes my heart soar, which is probably why I am such a huge fan of places like Whole Foods and Sutton Place Gourmet. I like seeing foods and the ingredients that make them from all over the world because I have extended my palate beyond what I grew up eating. Again the parallel between cooking and living is unmistakable. As you mature, your world opens up. Therefore you learn to experience and appreciate many walks of life, as well as upholding the traditions of your own heritage.
So the next time you hear yourself saying, “I can NOT cook!” just remember; As long as you’re breathing, you are following a recipe and cooking is just another part of being alive.