5 Things I Would Like to Learn to Cook!


Hey there! So since I've been embracing this whole love your body as is, eat what you want when you want thing, I've been having a sort of mini food renaissance. I'm craving lots of random foods, thinking about what exactly I want to eat, if there is anything I haven't tried that I want to, etc.

So anyway seeing as my cooking skills are pretty basic and I tend to make the same things over and over again, I thought of 5 new things that I want to try my hand at! They are generally pretty basic (as are my cooking skills!) so please don't laugh at me! ;-)


5 Things I Would Like to Learn to Cook!


Spaghetti Carbonara: Ok I know this is super simple ingredients wise but I have never made it or even eaten (authentic, egg only/no cream) carbonara. It's one of those things Nigella makes and oohs and ahs over its simple perfection and I would like to try it! I've always been intimidated by the whole "Don't end up with scrambled egg" factor as well.

Dumplings: As in, those floaty biscuit type things you serve on top of stews and such. Ok I confess I have tried and failed to make these a couple of times, they just came out weird or didn't cook properly or something wasn't right. It annoys me that their ingredients are so simple and yet they seem so hard to get right. I must conquer them! I know they are more of a winter dish so maybe I can find a summery version.

Frittata: I mean, it's basically a fancy omelette I'm aware, but I want to know the intricate mysteries of the frittata! They taunt me on Pinterest with their prettiness!

Steamed Dumplings: (totally different than the above dumplings though I admit it's weird I have dumplings on here twice!!) with various fillings, asian style. The gorgeous food blog Smitten Kitchen had a drool worthy post about them on their Instagram the other day, and it made me hangry. I think these might be a real outside my wheelhouse situation. Plus most Chinese restaurants here don't seem to have them (Chinese food here in the U.K. is a bit different than America by the way), so it's possibly the only way I am ever going to get to eat them here!

BREAD!: As in, a very basic, yeast and flour based everyday type loaf of bread. I have never made it! My Mom used to sometimes, mostly in her breadmaker lol but still, I would like to fill my house with the delicious smell of freshly baked bread, I think that would be nice!

So I hope to try my hand at these in the near future, I will let you know how I get on!

Do you have anything you've never cooked that you would like to try? Are you like me and easily daunted, or are you more of a kitchen goddess? If you have any advice or tried and true recipes for me I would greatly appreciate any tips! If anyone else wants to join in with their own new food challenge that would be fun, too! 

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  1. Well, as you know, *I* am a rubbish cook but Steve is not. He uses the basic bread recipe from the James Morton book and it's so easy even Matilda can do it. :-)

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    1. Good to know, simple is what I'm after!

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  2. You know, the only thing I've tried to make on this list was bread. I think I tried to make some rolls and they came out rock hard. I made bread once in a bread maker and it came out fine but never got around to using it more than once. Part of that was because I wanted this cute tiny one and my husband went with bigger is better.

    I'm not sure what I would put on my list of things to make... maybe creme brulee, pizza dough, potato salad, and a napoleon.

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    1. I'd like to make creme brulee & pizza dough too! Potato salad is easy, you just need to find a recipe you like. :-)

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  3. Hmmm, carbonara.... It's something I really miss having, living with a vegan. The 'proper' way with eggs is super easy but I haven't made it for years (for obvious reasons!). Maybe next time Thomas is away I'll have it.

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    1. Yes David is not vegan but also uninterested in carbonara, some of my food adventures are going to be solo projects I think! :-)

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  4. James Morton's mug bread is my goto and can be tweaked for pizza with some olive oil in. I find carbonara is nice even if a bit scrambled so don't worry. My stepmum makes amazing steamed dumplings but she is Chinese. On my list souffles, patisserie, steamed buns the korean type ones.

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    1. I ALMOST put souffles on my list but then remembered I have not even mastered a frittata! You could make one easily I am sure! Love steamed buns! Mug bread...interesting!

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