Now that Anna has shown you all how to "Dump the Frump" I would like to show you all that preparing a meal doesn't have to be hard :) This post is the first of several. By the end of the week, you will know how to make spaghetti and meatballs, from scratch!
I hear all the time about how people "can't cook". They seem to have a mental block where all things food, save for eating, is concerned. Boiling water is a challenge. During a conversation with a cooking challenged friend, I asked how this could be possible. It seems so simple to me, this idea of cooking, how in the world can it be so complicated for others? The discussion enlightened me, and I offered lessons to her. So, if you are cooking challenged, here is the first lesson.
Seriously, that is the first order of business. We have to pay attention to our recipes, our stoves, our ingredients and the time. My daughter wants to be a good cook. She has made multiple attempts at this, and it seems that she is chasing an impossible dream. Her main problem? She doesn't pay attention and will therefore lose steps and/or forget ingredients.
Here is your first pratical lesson; boiling water.
1. Put a pan of water on the stove, over a burner.
2. Turn the burner knob to high, put a lid on the pot.
3. Wait; when the water starts bubbling a little, this is a simmer, not a boil. When it is bubbling and rolling and generally looks very active, this is a rolling boil. It is ready for whatever you need to boil. If you wonder if it is boiling - it probably isn't.
If you are prone to distraction, then set a timer in 5 minute intervals to remind yourself to check on the water. :)