Yes, there’s a first time for everything, and it’s no different when it comes to cooking even if you’re a pro. New recipes can pose a challenge to even the most experienced chefs, let alone the home cooks. All you cooking enthusiasts, have you ever thought about the interesting way our mind works when we approach a new recipe? There’s nothing new that you don’t know already but in a way, it is funny if you analyze how our minds deal with it.
1. Over Confidence
“This recipe is so easy, I don’t even have to keep referring to it while cooking. In fact, I think I can make it even better”. Admit it; been there done that. Not everyone is Nigella Lawson so drop the “know it all” attitude; it has helped none in the kitchen. So let’s take the humble route and keep learning.
2. Realization Stage
“Wow, this is not going very well”. Yes, you realized it sooner than expected. Now you’re losing that overconfidence a little bit because the recipe is not as easy as you thought it would be. Be glad it happened soon so that you can try your best to get hold of it.
“Okay, I didn’t see that coming and now I can’t figure out what went wrong”. There’s no surprise here; this happens sometimes even when we make a dish that we are well versed in. There could be zillion reasons for a recipe to go wrong with our presumptions and assumptions. So keep calm and enjoy the process, if not today, tomorrow for sure you will nail the recipe and you know it.
4. The Fixer
“I can fix this; after all, I am a good cook I know some tips and tricks that can take care of the situation”. You’re a fixer, aren’t you? Even though the chances are 50/50, it’s a win-win situation either way because you learned something new trying the recipe.
5. The Eureka Moment or Not
“Yes, I did it!” or “This recipe is a little tricky but I am sure I can get it right the next time”. Whether you get the recipe right or not it’s the experience that counts which motivated to explore and experiment more in the kitchen.