Do you agree with me, that women these days are unlike our mothers in their times. While we have no trouble holding our own at work, we often find ourselves slightly struggling in the kitchen.
Our mothers just seem to naturally know what to do in the kitchen – how much salt to put in a dish, how to trim vegetables, how to brine a chicken, how to whip up an impressive meal. Yes, it’s probably due to years of experience but according to my mom, she was in the kitchen helping out before she even turned 10!
I guess you can say we’re the lucky generation as we didn’t really need to help out in the kitchen because we probably grew up with helpers and all but truly, sometimes I wish my mom had encouraged me a little more in the kitchen.
I had a late head-start when it comes to cooking – only recently picking it up when we got our own place. Otherwise, I’d still be calling making toasts and beans “cooking”. Boy, don’t I have a lot of horror stories to share about my kitchen adventures! You can read about my cooking failures here, if you’re seeking some amusing reading materials…
After two years, I am glad to say that I am pretty confident in the kitchen now. While I still can’t slice an onion without staring down at the blade, I can now do it in half the time I needed two years ago :)
This post is about how I gained confidence in my kitchen. Hope this helps all of you girls out there!
First of all, read up on recipe books and cooking how-tos. I’ve amassed a pretty diverse range of cooking related book and I pore through them religiously.
From these books, I learnt what ingredients goes with what and plenty of cooking tips. When in doubt, refer to a book and you will never lose your nerves in the kitchen.
# – Read up!
Next, label everything! I admit, this might seem a little OCD to people but trust me, having labelled ingredients within easy reach makes being in the kitchen so much more enjoyable.
Why not? Unless you’re a pro, not everybody knows what every ingredient looks like. Having them labelled eliminates the risk of mistaken identities. I’ve heard enough of salty cookies and sweetened savoury dishes to attest to the importance of labelling.
# – Labels, labels, labels.
The next factor that will increase your confidence in the kitchen is getting the right tools. The right knives, the right pots and pans, the right graters…all these will affect your cooking experience.
Spend a little money on good quality stuff and you can be assured that whatever you’re cooking will turn out just the way you want them – polished and restaurant quality!
I’ve used enough cheap pans to know that the premium ones does the work a lot better & faster.
# – With my favourite pots and pans. In case you’re interested, am using Anolon Professional. They are also oven-safe, which is a very important feature for me :)
Another item that you must own in order to be confident in the kitchen – a digital weighing scale! I know there are many pretty, vintage inspired analog scales in the market now but nothing does the work better than my ugly, boxy, digital weighing scale.
Precision is important especially in baking and digital scales can give you that precise measurements. No more collapsed cakes!
# – Me and my trusty Tanita digital kitchen scale.
And now…..the secret that no avid cooks like to admit. Microwave! If used correctly, the microwave is an extremely powerful equipment in your kitchen that will guarantee to add on to your confidence in the kitchen.
Slightly undercooked chicken? Nuke it. Want to quickly melt some chocolates for the grand fondue? Nuke it. Rice cooker broke down? Cook it in the microwave. I have a couple of books on microwave cooking and once you’ve harnessed it…nobody can even tell that your dish has never seen real flame!
# – Nuke it.
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Just because you can cook like a 60 year old does not mean you have to look like one :)
# – Pure Beauty Pomegranate Antioxidant Skincare.
Remember the contest I organised for you readers to win Pure Beauty Pomegranate Antioxidant Skincare sets a while ago?
# – The 3 Pure Beauty Pomegranate Antioxidant Skincare sets.
Thank you for participating…your answers were all incredible! I found it so difficult to choose because they’re all so good, but after a lot of mulling I have found my winners!!!
Congratulations May! You really took time to compose this, didn’t you? :)
Pure Confidence to me is,
To have the strength for constant determination
And the persistence to take action
While embracing one’s own imperfections
To be brave enough to face objections
And have a firm grip on one own’s convictions
To shine through and amaze all with admiration
With aspirations that inspire imagination
Pure Confidence is, simply put, life’s greatest companion.
Also, congratulations to Pamela! Truly words of wisdom :)
Pure Confidence is when you keep your head up and keep on marching on eventhough the world puts you down. Take on the world with a heart full of compassion and emphaty when the going gets tough. Keep on smiling and believe in your true potential which you will unleash to empower yourself and also the people around you. You will be the shining light that guides the world.
Lastly, congratulations to Tiffany! I totally agree with you that confidence makes one beautiful inside and out <3
Pure confidence is knowing that you have given your best shot in whatever you have done. Pure confidence gives you the strength and courage to stand strong in the face of criticism. Pure confidence makes you beautiful inside and out.
Watch out for emails that will have information on how you can collect your prizes! Thanks again for participating :)
# – The secret to pure confidence.