Cooking By Ear.
Cooking is a creative process, and self-expression is one of our most basic needs. Our life goal is to discover what we are good at, what is our passion, what gifts we bring, what work we love, what our mission is. We are born with an imagination and as we get older we have a tendency to stifle our imagination. So, if we don’t use it, we lose it! As we grow older we forget how good it feels to be original, we stop experimenting, and that’s where recipes come in. The recipe provides a direction to get the job done.
Part of the process of figuring out food, as I uncover my own love of cooking, is also about developing my imagination to cook with ingredients that are good for me. I have been figuring out how to ‘cook by ear’.
I have been working on allowing my creative juices to lead me into new unexplored territory. Cooking by ear, is a hobby anyone can master and is meant to bring enjoyment to your day. Food is a language and we learn how to ‘speak’ food by cooking it is through, observation, participation and experimentation. By coming up with creative cooking solutions I have learned that I can expand this knowledge to solve other problems in life creatively too. Every time I find a recipe I can change any number of the ingredients and it becomes my own.
The plan I follow through with is to have fun. My step by step plan is working with healthy food following the low carb way, paying attention to those ingredients and then doing whatever it is that I want to creatively cook.
At first, it was hard to wrap my mind around what to do and how to do it, but once I began, everything has become easier, perseverance is all you need to succeed. I have had a lot of ideas and not all of them I have followed through with, and not all of them have worked out perfectly. It is good to remember that there are no mistakes, there are just learning opportunities. If one direction doesn’t work well, simply just take a new direction the next time.
There are no real rules because rules discourage creativity, so in order to cook creatively I take low carb ingredients and follow my cooking sense, experimenting and coming up with something new and different. The key when cooking is not to get too complicated, there is no need to make food fancy or stylish. Wolfgang Puck, who is a renowned restauranteur and also a special taste testing guest on chef Ramsey’s cooking shows, is known for using flavourful secret ingredients and cooking simply. Chefs travel the world over finding ideas and then turning whatever dishes they love into something of their own.
It is good to surround yourself with supportive people, setting up a comfortable environment, listen to your inner voice, and work with your ingredients without any preconceived notion of how the food should be used. Creativity is like muscle and the muscle needs to be exercised. Cooking often provides regular work outs.
Making my new cooking lifestyle show is definitely flexing a new muscle for me, but the more I do it, the stronger I get, and the more fun I have with it! Tune in to see what new recipes I come up with!
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