How To Become A Good Cook

Yeah how do you become a good cook? By practicing? Sure. By going to cooking classes? Sure again.

I think one become a good cook when one showers one’s culinary with love. In short, I called it cooking with love.

The concept of experimenting with flavors was introduced by Chef Michael Smith in his Chef At Home series. I followed this series religiously for quite some time. And it is during experimenting with flavors myself that I actually felted love. Showering love to my dish. Giving them heartfelt flavors! AND you know what? I tasted love.

I remember watching a Taiwanese drama whereby this person is one lousy cook but he became very successful when he learned the art of cooking with love. I’d always thought that was sheer nonsense. How can someone pour love into his cooking and how can the food tester (or judge) taste love in a dish.

Now I understand the term cooking with love. Because I AM cooking with love. When I cook with love, I can taste love in the dish. When I have no mood to cook, my dish tasted bland (even with the same ingredients!). Weird? Yes weird.

So yeah I think I’m ready to open a restaurant 5-foot way stall. Just joking. But it really is my dream to open a restaurant.

I can’t teach you how to feel ‘love’ in cooking. But I can tell you to start experimenting with flavors. Sometimes you don’t know what flavors will work well together. I failed sometimes too. So just experiment. Yeap that’s the first step. That was my first step to cooking enlightenment! Hahaha (sorry am so into Mr Tolle works right now)

Note: I’m no pro. Just want to share my 2 cents. πŸ˜›

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  • Reply hcfoo May 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Hey I’m a big fan of Michael Smith too! Normally I don’t want to miss it. I still can’t get the experiment with flavour or love but his dishes sure look tasty and great for a small family.

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Hcfoo, his cooking shows are different from the rest. It’s very informative & mind-boggling. David Rocco is another cook that I like to watch. His show is Dolce Vita. When I watch Jaime Oliver I always have heart attack. He put too much olive oil in everything! Not that I don’t like him. Hahaha

  • Reply keeyit May 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    i love cooking too. but normally i cook chinese food la..

    Cooking with love. Good one to describe my mum la.

  • Reply jemima May 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    May your dream come true, my friend. :rose: :daydream:

  • Reply Dawn May 6, 2009 at 5:45 am

    You prepping for the right man, are you? :laughing: Joke aside, I the total opposite of you, I follow recipes to the T, and usually a lot comes out “saat pai”!

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 6, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Keeyit, I cook mostly Chinese food too. Haha

    Jemima, thanks :daydream: :daydream:

    Dawn, haha of coz no. You’re talking about baking or cooking? I also ‘sat pai’ when it comes to baking. :tongue:

  • Reply iWalk May 6, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Cook with love, Yeah!

    That’s maybe also the reason my most favorite dishes are those cooked by my father . πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dawn May 6, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I’m talking about both cooking and baking. Hey your baking is good ma, all the cookies and love letters too are good baking there, girl.

  • Reply LimPek May 7, 2009 at 7:30 am

    ladies need to have cooking skill while man need to have money to take care of family..

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 7, 2009 at 9:22 am

    iWalk, yeah parents is best cook because they put love in their cooking.

    Dawn, hehe I only show ‘ok’ baking here ma. Those saat pai ones didn’t show ma. When it comes to cake, I’m super duper no good. Maybe you’ll remember the cheese cake I baked for Chester birthday…total failure. :laughing:

    LimPek, not necessary. Nowadays you’ll see the responsibility being exchanged.

  • Reply xin May 7, 2009 at 11:02 am

    that explains why home-cooked food is the best


  • Reply Rose May 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Hi there! My first time to your blog. Very nice blog. πŸ™‚

    I love cooking for my family, so i consider that I cook with love! I am not a good cook, but love experimenting, trying new recipe and make my whole family happy with my cooking :0

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 8, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Xin, yeap! :drool:

    Rose, hi Rose :wave: Experimenting is good ya. Your cooking must be very yummy. πŸ˜€

  • Reply wuching May 11, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I want to feel the LOVE you put in! :love: :drool: :kiss :hug:

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Wuching, cannot la. Wait I open a restaurant then you come try Che-Cheh’s LOVE. :laughing:

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