I think my favorite part about cooking is it frees my mind and relaxes me. The more I cook, the more I relax. The more I relax, the more my mind flies free. Savvy? Since I cook from my heart and not my head, often thoughts come and go I had not even realized were tucked away for times when I’m relaxed. Some of my best ideas come to me when I’m cooking. I would say that’s because I’m not really trying to make them come.
To most people, cooking from the heart is a foreign concept. They worry about using their head to “follow” a recipe line by line. Not me. Now, I know what you’re thinking, Dear Reader, ‘Mary, how can you say that? You wrote a cookbook?!’ Allow me to finish please... Sometimes, home cooks worry far too much about the how to cook. In fact, they let the “how” to cook get in the way of the actual act of cooking. They might read an instruction or ingredients list and become intimidated. This is where a good cookbook will help. A good cookbook can help to guide and give confidence to any level of cook. A good cookbook can help any level of cook to gain skills. When a person gains skills they gain knowledge and therefore confidence. Again I ask, savvy?
Today I encourage you and challenge you to go into your kitchen and not try to cook. Just get in there and stop trying to cook. Just go do it! Get out of your head. Channel your heart. Before you know it, you’re creating and having fun. Having fun in the kitchen is a very good thing. When you’re having fun, you start to relax and when you relax your mind opens and inspiration for great ideas comes.
Let me know how it goes in the comments section. I bet your refrigerator and pantry will be empty and your heart (and tummy) full.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor