Your Personal Cooking Style

K and I were recently discussing how our own personal cooking styles reflect who we are as individuals – and in fact, how this could probably be applied to most people.

He enjoys the rigidity of following a recipe closely, carefully mirroring each step of the process to ensure that he comes as close as possible to what the original author intended. In other aspects of his life he’s very methodical, preferring to take more time than others to do certain things so that he can properly think through the process to ensure that everything is taken into account. He’s the very epitome of slow and steady getting it right the first time around.

I cook by instinct – randomly throwing in sauces, condiments and ingredients to create a dish that may be vaguely related to a recipe that I once read somewhere, but is otherwise entirely my own. I thumb my nose at recipes. In other aspects of my life I tend to do first and think later. I am very much an action-taker and dislike meetings at work where people sit around a boardroom table to pontificate at length for hours with no corresponding actions.

We are how we cook. Of course, if you don’t cook at all and your specialty is a peanut butter sandwich, I’m not sure what that says about you!

3 thoughts on “Your Personal Cooking Style”

  1. I’m very methodical about things, similar to K. However, I also am similar to you in that I like messing around with things. You never know what you can create when you follow a recipe to the t without changing anything!

  2. I sound just like K – most of the time! I like following the exact recipe as closely as possible at least for the first time, just to make sure I know how it works. With the same dish in future I might then just throw in whatever I have/think will work, but still nothing too crazy. I love the type of meetings you dislike!

  3. I don’t cook that often, but when I do I’m pretty much just like K. I have my recopies and I follow them pretty strictly. Because in the past I’ve found that if I don’t do that, I usually end up messing something up. If its something I’ve cooked a million times, I might consider throwing something else in or not double checking everything that I do put in it….but I’d have to be pretty confident.

    Honestly, that’s the whole reason why I don’t cook all that often.

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