I recently finished tackling the Epicurious ‘challenge’ of 10 most difficult things to cook which I’ve been following along with fellow bloggers the SaucyCooks. And it’s made me think about the sort of cook I am.
When I first read Tanya Steel’s article I remember being puzzled at why some of these dishes would be classed as tricky. Coq au vin, really? But as she points out many of these recipes are labour intensive and some require a degree of patience (something which I for one am not renowned for). But then I realised the reason I was happy to cook these dishes was because I was confident I wouldn’t have any major disasters.
Confidence is a strange thing. I have been skiing on several occasions in my life but I am most definitely not a confident skier. Despite numerous lessons I am plagued with doubt when I attach those precarious planks to my boots. Will I break a leg or (worse) someone else’s leg when I wipeout? Frankly, I have no desire to hurtle down a black run full of moguls and can’t see why this experience would appeal to anyone in their right mind. So while I enjoy cooking and I am happy to spend hours in the kitchen I totally understand that it is not everyone’s bag.
This whole process has prompted me to design a short quiz to find out what sort of cook you are. It’s loosely based on the findings the research I did for my MA in Culinary Arts but it’s supposed to be fun. In my research I discovered there are three broad types of cooks – confident, competent and cautious (hence the three c’s in the title). These categories aren’t set in stone. The type of cook you are can easily alter depending on what you are cooking or who you are cooking for. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting and above all amusing. I’d be delighted to hear how you got on! Either leave a comment below or on the Comfortably Hungry Facebook page (don’t forget to click ‘like’ if you are stopping by!).
Click here to find out What sort of cook are you?
Should be interested a summary of my research it can be found in The Food Junctions Cookbook.
If you want a reminder of what I cooked take a look at the links below.
- Courgette soufflé with camembert ice cream
- Elizabeth David’s Coq au Vin
- Baked Alaska
- Puff pastry
- Beef Wellington