Cooking is creative. It’s cultural. It’s therapeutic. It’s a challenge.
I love the feeling of flipping through cookbooks, food blogs and imagining the smell, flavors and ingredients wafting out of my kitchen and down the hall.
The creative side of cooking comes after the recipe-search. After I find “the one,” I like to expand, a little at first, beyond what the recipe says. Adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that. And so far… my own additions have worked!
Of course, there have been disasters. But that’s part of the process! I embrace those disasters, laugh, learn and move on.
Cooking is cultural. Straight up: I’m Jewish. I love food. And the annual holidays bring the best food. At Hannukah, there are latkes and my mom’s brisket. At Passover, it’s charosis, chopped liver (an aquired taste, I admit) and matzo ball soup. On Purim, it’s hamantaschen. But what about the American holidays? Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? July 4th desserts. St. Patrick’s Day (pseudo-American).
Cooking is therapeutic. After I come home from work, I look forward to chopping, blending, mixing, folding, and shaping a new creation of flavors. It gives me time to decompress, think about what’s coming up the next day or sort through other ideas on my mind.
And finally, cooking is a challenge. But maybe the word ‘challenge’ is too negative. I see it as a welcome learning experience. Like I said, there are, will be, and have been disasters, but what can you do except do better next time.
Well, there’s my cooking manifesto. You stuck it out to the end. And now, as I always welcome feedback from my main customer James, I welcome your feedback on recipes, suggestions, ideas, etc.