Need to re-find joy in hobby of cooking
Please help. For the last 15 years, I have loved cooking, reading and trying new recipes. I was fairly good at it. Cooking brought me joy. Past 13 months have brought some life difficulties, so I all but stopped. Now ready to return but feel like I lost my knack. I can't figure out what to make and when I do cook, I feel like I never knew how before. I feel sad because this was a joyful hobby of mine. Big weekend coming up where I need to get back and do a lot of cooking for family weekend. Any advice?
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Agree with making a familiar recipe in large quantities. For me, it's black bean chili over rice. The original recipe is in the Greens cookbook, and I've simplified it to the max. Can serve hundreds without significant sweat. (did serve hundreds with help from freezer)
Agree with judicious use of your favorite bakery, deli, prepared foods place. Where do you live? What is your budget?
And just relax and enjoy the process. You haven't forgotten how.
Sending you a hug.
(For me, it was baking when I got back into cooking. And it's still my favorite thing to do.)
A couple of possibilities: For the week-end gathering only make the recipes that are fun for you and inspire you. Cook with a partner in the kitchen. Enjoy the shopping and the prep, the beautiful colors and scents and textures. Try a recipe you have never tried before and let yourself make mistakes. And appreciate yourself for having come through the past 13 months stronger and willing to learn new ways of living and cooking.