Conquer Your Fear of Cooking

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The fear of cooking is real for some people. They lack the confidence to serve their dishes to even loved ones. If you want to be better at cooking, you definitely can. Even if you think you are hopeless in the kitchen like everything else practice and increasing your knowledge makes perfect. Let these tips guide you to becoming a better cook;


1. Add to what you know

Search for recipes on the web and in cookery books, read them through even if it is a recipe for a meal you think you have perfected. With Nigerian food recipes, and any other world recipe, there are often many ways to cook a meal and achieve the same results. So there’s always something new to learn.

When you eat a familiar meal and you notice an improvement in the taste, it is good to ask the cook what he/she did to achieve that.


2. Timing

This is one of the top tips of how to become a good cook. Knowing the right time to add certain ingredients goes a long way in making your food taste better.


3. Organization

Some things need to be done before you even light up the stove. For example, you can take your time and cut up every vegetable that needs to be chopped. Once it is time to add these, it would be easy for you rather than hurriedly washing and cutting them to add.


4. Attention to detail

Watch out for how your cooking can benefit from low, medium or high heat. Sometimes with jollof rice for instance you would need low heat to steam and cook to avoid burning your food.


5. Have the basic tools you need

You cannot underestimate the convenience of a sharp knife.


6. Plan Ahead

It is a good idea to plan what you want to cook ahead of time. This is so that you can be sure to buy all the necessary ingredients for preparing the recipe.


7. Choose your time carefully

The less you are distracted from your cooking, the better attention you will pay to the preparation of the meal. This way, there will be no burnt/overcooked meals later! You might want to wait till after Elena’s Ghost to make that stew.


8. Keep Practicing Cooking

Practice makes perfect. The more often you cook, the more you learn new and better ways of the art of cooking.