I love encouraging people to do something new and try things that might be scary at first. I’ve posted about how to start making yeast breads since many people are wary about using yeast. I’ve also posted about making ricotta cheese which can be somewhat daunting since people don’t typically make cheese at home.
But… I haven’t been completely honest. There are a LOT of things that I’m scared to try. How can I inspire others to overcome their cooking fears if I’m staying reserved about what I make? Why are there recipes people post where my first thought is “I could never do that,” when I believe anyone can be successful at anything with hard work.
In the spirit of leaving the comfort zone, I’ve come up with a new project. Each month I will invite you to conquer something scary with me. Throughout the month, we will be able to share any tips or tricks that we’ve discovered and at the end of the month, we will share our finished projects. This will be a great way to challenge ourselves, learn more about cooking, and get to know other bloggers.
I present to you:
There are so many little things that could go wrong that make this dish a disaster. Separating eggs, the cat looked at it funny, the temperature wasn’t just right, or even just something like the eggs didn’t feel like cooperating.
2. October 2013 – Sourdough Bread Bowl
What scares me about this is that it requires old milk. I mean, that’s a little gross. But sourdough is so good! I love making bread and I need to get over my fear of the sourdough starter. Plus, all soup is made better with a bread bowl, and I love soup.
3. November 2013 – Pie Crust
Pie crust is so finicky. It’s like a middle school girl. “I love this…now I hate it.” Pie is just like “Oh hey, I’m going to fall apart, I’m going to be soggy on the bottom, I’m not going to be the right color.” I like things that are reliable and work. The ups and downs of pie making is just too emotional for me.
4. December 2013 – Cheese with a starter
This is probably how people that have never made yeast bread before feel. How am I supposed to take something alive and doing it’s own thing and force it to do what I want (ie, make cheese)? And how do the words “mesophilic starter” and “rennet” not sound scary?
5. January 2014 – Croissants
I’ve never seen anyone describe a croissant recipe as “quick” or “easy.” More like “OMG LOOK WHAT I FINALLY WAS ABLE TO MAKE!” or “I’m French and have magic croissant powers.” The terror that surrounds these is enough to make me shy away.
6. February 2014 – Reader’s Choice # 1
Because you should get to pick too!
7. March 2014 – Puff Pastry
Making puff pastry is supposed to take days and the temperature matters. Here in Phoenix, it’s very hard to keep anything cold. Let rise in a warm place? Easy. Make sure butter doesn’t get warm? Uhh…can I move to the North Pole?
8. April 2014 – Beef (or any kind of) Wellingtons
Do you watch Hell’s Kitchen? Enough said.
9. May 2014 – Steak
Being a mostly vegetarian, I’ve never really made steak before. I watch a lot of Food Network and screwed up meat seems like a big party foul. Judges give you dirty looks and deem the food inedible. I need to get over my fear of failure to figure out how to cook a really good steak.
10. June 2014 – Stuffed Pasta with fresh dough
I had a rough time making regular pasta. I actually haven’t made it since because I’m so scarred by the traumatic first couple tries. Now add a stuffing to it? Eek!
11. July 2014 – Fancy Cake
I don’t really make a ton of sweets. I don’t have kids, my boyfriend doesn’t like sweets (yeah, really), and I try to eat healthy. I honestly have no idea the first thing about making cakes. Now add decorations or fancy fondant (I think that’s what people use….)! I’d love to make a beautiful piece of edible cake art, but that’s pretty terrifying.
12. August 2014 – Reader’s Choice #2
Because you get to pick twice.
So what do you think? Any you agree/disagree with? I’m open to changing these if enough people think that something else should be attempted. I will post on September 1st with the first post in the series for soufflé. I’m looking forward to going on this adventure with you all!
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