I’ve started reading “Salt Fat Acid Heat” by Samin Nosrat so I can get away from following recipes and start creating them. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy trying new things and following a recipe of a dish I think is good, but I want to be able to go into my kitchen, look in the cupboards and put a dish together without having to look at a recipe. I want to be able to understand why some spices go well with others and how adding just a bit of oil can make such a difference for dishes. And this book has helped so far.
I’ve only just begun the book but already I have started looking at how I cook differently. I’m no longer relying on a recipe. I’m relying on myself and trusting what I’m doing. This book has made me more cognizant of what I’m putting in the dish. I’m paying attention to how things are tasting as I cook rather than waiting until the end and trying to adjust after it’s too late. I’m actually starting to enjoy cooking without using a recipe as a safety net. This hasn’t stopped my 5 year old son telling me on multiple occasions that the dish needs more salt, but I now know how to make sure I add the right amount at the right time in the cooking process.
I still have a long way to go before I can grab random things out of a cupboard and whip together a meal, but with the progress I’ve seen with just getting started in the book, I am looking forward to what may be coming.