1. Always lick the spoon while baking brownies…to, you know, test them.
2. Cookie dough is a must.
3. Disengage the fire alarm before baking naan.
4. Beat egg whites to tone your triceps.
5. Chocolate is a food group and should be treated with respect.
The thing I love most about cooking is just kicking off my shoes, getting in my kitchen and letting it all go. No music because I love the cool silence. I love the way the knife feels in my hand, slicing down on onions and garlic, and I love the instant warmth the comes when I drizzle oil in my cast iron and crank the heat to high.
Often times, I’ll just cook in my fuzzy leopard slippers with my favorite apron tied around my waist. I always pin back my hair and sometimes, I’ll even throw my old chef jacket on if I know things are about to get really messy.
Then, once I start, things fly everywhere. Onion pieces scatter, carrot peels stick and flour smudges on the oven door. Dirty dishes pile up in my tiny apartment sink and red pepper seeds slip through the cracks in my counter.
I still love it though. All of it. Because I know that after the mess, the dishes and the onion tears, I’ll have a meal that is all mine. Something to feel good about and something to call my own.
Later, I’ll do the dishes, clean the counter tops and wipe the flour smudges from my cheeks. I’ll make a cup of tea, break off a square of chocolate and sit down with a new cookbook, preparing to start the whole process over again.
What are your “kitchen rules”? Music? No music? Apron? No apron?