With closures and social distancing in place, many people have found themselves regularly cooking at home. To reduce contact with others, you probably have started cooking more for yourself and whoever you live with. Maybe you saw this as a challenge, an opportunity to better your culinary skills. Still, after a few months, cooking may have become a mundane and repetitive chore. So, if you are tired of cooking, here are eight sources of inspiration that will rekindle your love of food.
Try kitchen hacks
Have you seen cooking hacks go viral? While some of these don’t work in real life, some are super useful. The hacks that do work will cut time during your preparation or make cooking a favorite dish easier. Research viral kitchen hacks to see which ones people have already tested. When you find one that works for you, try it in the kitchen and see if it makes your life easier. Ever tried to peel a tomato? Check out this video of 50 people trying to peel a tomato and fast forward to an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education peeling it the right way. Doesn’t it make life easier?
Find a cooking inspiration with social media
Celebrity chefs (like Jet Tila) post their culinary creations on social media like Instagram. From elaborate dishes to simple home meals, you can find anything to inspire you in cooking. Find a celebrity chef and try to learn the recipes they showcase or try to pick up new skills from their tips. If you have someone to look up to, you’ll have the inspiration to continue learning culinary skills to better your cooking. Maybe you’ll want to start posting your creations to inspire others, too.
Set cooking inspiration goals
If your unsatisfied cooking just to get a quick meal, set goals to improve your cooking skills. If you want to learn a certain number of dishes, or practice a complicated cooking technique, set a goal. Make a list of things you want to accomplish and get yourself motivated to cook with an intent to improve. If you have a friend with a dietary restriction, like vegetarianism, practice cooking for them. Try plant-based cooking and find dishes to serve at a dinner with your friend. Give yourself something to work towards instead of just cooking to eat.
Cook for nearby friends
Bored of cooking just for yourself, or just for your household? If you tend to cook more than you can eat in one meal, you can share it with your friends. If you do a quick drop off, you can get honest and objective feedback on your cooking and you get the personal satisfaction of sharing with others. You can video chat with your friends after and share a meal comfortably and safely. If you start cooking for others, you’ll be more motivated to try new, healthy dishes to give your friends.
Video chat with other home cooks
Have friends who like to cook? Start a virtual party and video chat while cooking with them. You can cook the same recipe and go through the steps together. It’s a fun and safe way to cook with friends, and it’s easy, too. When you’re all done, you can compare what you’ve made and eat together. It’s perfect for social distancing and catching up with friends who don’t live nearby.
Start an herb garden
Plant a few different herbs: cilantro, parsley, rosemary, or whatever you use most in cooking. It’s more fun to cook something with something you’ve taken care of and grown at home. Plus, if you keep your garden alive, you won’t have to buy those herbs from the store again. You’ll have fresh herbs to cook fresh, or dry and store them for future use. Just make sure you do some research on your selected herbs to keep your plants alive and your herb supply endless.
Hire a personal chef for cooking inspiration
If you’ve been cooking three meals a day, seven days a week, for yourself and your household, you probably want a break. Hiring a personal chef for daily meals can lift the burden of cooking, allowing you to recharge and regain your love of food. You can cut down to cooking only a few times a week, so you can have dedicated time to enjoy cooking. Or, you can host a small dinner party and have your personal chef cook it. Having a professional chef cook for you will help you find cooking inspiration.
Explore a new cuisine
Have a cuisine you love to eat but have never tried cooking before? Maybe there are some spices you’ve never worked with previously, like star anise or turmeric. Find a recipe from a new cuisine and try your hand at cooking with different ingredients. Make a new challenge for yourself and travel the world through cooking. If you have a friend who is familiar with a cuisine you haven’t tried, ask them for recipes and tips on getting started.
Cooking is fun and immensely rewarding when you get a tasty meal. It should be enjoyable, not like a chore. Rekindle your love of cooking, and keep making delicious food for yourself and others.