People often ask me for advice on cooking. Somehow, people think if you can bake…you can cook. But up until recently that wasn’t true for me.
When a cooking question comes up…where do I go for answers most days?… I turn to the Brits.
Yes, the Brits can cook!
In 2003 I discovered the BBC Good Food Magazine and my life has never been the same.
This magazine has taught a baker to cook. And I tell you that is no easy feat. Yes, I can bake anything…I can spin sugar, make and sculpt my own fondant, and whip up the lightest,fluffiest genoise with ease. I know the rules of baking (I revel in them) and once I define the structure I can play with it….enhance it…even perfect it.
What I could never do was cook. The idea you add a little this and a tad of that…that the rules didn’t matter and were more guidelines than structure just never worked for me.
Then came BBC and after 5 years of learning (one recipe at I time)…low and behold I can cook…and I am pretty damn good at it. It is no longer daunting… but fun and I can experiment and play and some days even (gulp) make things up.
It has made me a better baker as I learn to throw the rules out (where appropriate) and just improvise.
So, if you follow this blog, you’ll find loads of links to BBC and I recommend you follow them, take a journey across the pond and change the way you cook tonight!