There are many things in life that are important to do intelligently, to do well and to do with heart. Walking, rollerskating, making coffee and of course; cooking, to name just a few. I am using the word, "intelligently" because I am not about doing something "perfectly." There is no such thing as "perfect." Period. So, lets play devil's advocate. I invoke the right to play devil's advocate for two reasons: 1. It's my blog and I can do what I wanna. 2. See reason 1.
Devil's advocate is played when a person takes the opposite side of something in order to invoke a debate. At it's root, it is meant to be helpful but it's all in the delivery. Like sarcasm, playing devil's advocate can back fire but, I am brave (or stupid) so here it goes.
Lets say you walk stupidly and badly. Huh? Give me a second please. By this I mean, you walk across the street, do not look in both directions, at night, with ear phones on, music blaring in your ears AND are chewing gum. What happens? You get flattened by the bus that did not have its lights on. Does that sound good? Nope. (It doesn't to me either.) Here is another one. Since we just established you cannot walk intelligently or well, you give rollerskating a go. Things do not end well. I will just leave the outcome to your imagination.
Now, lets play devil's advocate about cooking. You're in the forest, having a picnic with your friends. (You have mobile phones, of course.) One of your friends begins looking up the mushrooms you passed on the way to the perfect picnic spot. You and the group begin discussing how delicious mushrooms would taste with the chicken you brought for lunch. 'Oh yes, please!' You and your friends sing in unison. 'Go and pick them. NOW!' Your friend with the mobile phone (and fantasy service) skips off to go and harvest the mushrooms. 'They were purple!' He chants' as he disappears from view. 'They will look super pretty with the chicken and red grapes you brought us Mary. Oh Mary, you are SO awesome!' (Hey! No judging here at Mary's Kitchen! It's my blog and my game!) He, yes he, skips back, super excited, brushes the moss from the mushroom caps and nestles them alongside the red grapes on everybody's plates. You all marvel at his knowledge and your good fortune for having a friend clever enough to learn how to pick wild mushrooms by merely using a mobile phone and dive into the little lavender caps of joy. That is your last meal. The end. The moral of this game of devil's advocate? If you need me to spell it out I'm a little worried about you but there is nothing I will not do for you, Dear Readers, so here it goes. Cook intelligently and cook well. (By the way, you're welcome for saving your life! I mean, this exact scenario could actually happen. Thank goodness you read this blog every day. Whew!)
See how important using your intelligence and doing something well can be?
Okay, what does any of this devil's advocating have to do with anything? Well dah.... EVERYTHING! I get asked all the time by people what I believe are the most important skills in a kitchen. Well, Dear Readers, it really breaks down to just one skill. Ready? Intelligence. Intelligence keeps you safe, aware, organized and focused in the kitchen. Intelligence keeps you curious learning and helps you to cook well. It's just that simple. Be the smartest cook you can be and always cook from your heart. Skills and such will come with practice. Cooking is the same as anything else you wish to learn, practice makes you better, strong, faster and yep, smarter.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor