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An Amateur's Guide to Cooking

By MaysoonRLA 01 Sep 2023


Welcome, dear university students, to the wild and wacky world of cooking! You've managed to survive on a diet of pot noodles and cereal, but it's time to level up your culinary game. Now, I understand that the kitchen can be an intimidating place, especially for those of you whose cooking skills are limited to pressing the buttons on a microwave (I have been there). But let me tell you, I completely understand how you feel. This is coming from another student just like yourself, the only difference is that my amateur days are over now, and it is time for yours to be too!

You may be thinking, "Why bother learning to cook when I can rely on a Tesco meal deal?" Well, my friends, while those options have their time and place (late-night cravings, anyone?), there's something magical about preparing your own meals. Not only does it save you money, but it also allows you to experiment with flavours, impress your friends, and ultimately nourish both your body and soul.

So grab your aprons (or tie a napkin around your waist) and prepare yourself to ignite your taste buds. In future articles, we'll delve into more intense cooking tips and recipes that will make you the envy of your flat mates, but for now, let's focus on the essential foundations that will keep you well-fed and entertained. In the upcoming sections, we'll demystify the sophisticated world of ovens, unravel the mysteries of the whisk, reveal the secret wonders of canned soup, how to open that canned soup and conquer the art of boiling pasta. These skills may seem basic, but they lay the foundation for a lifetime of culinary exploration. Trust me, once you've conquered these kitchen triumphs, you'll be ready to tackle more advanced recipes like a pro.

Remember, we all start somewhere, and even the greatest chefs once struggled with turning on an oven. So, let's set aside our fears, embrace the joy of cooking, and ignite the flames of creativity as we embark on this amateur's guide to safe and delicious culinary adventures!

Oven Wizardry: Turning Up the Heat:

Ah, the magical box that can transform raw ingredients into mouth-watering delights—the oven. To unlock its powers, start by locating the temperature dial. Don't worry; it won't bite (though it might burn if you're not careful). Turn it to the desired temperature and wait for the oven to preheat. Voila! You're now one step closer to becoming a kitchen maestro.

Whisk It, Baby!

Now that you've conquered the oven, it's time to wield the mighty whisk. Think of it as your culinary magic wand. With its enchanting powers, you can create creamy sauces, fluffy scrambled eggs, and heavenly desserts. Simply hold the handle and whisk away like a conductor at an orchestra. Just remember not to whisk too vigorously, or you might end up with whipped cream on your walls instead of your dessert.

Canned Soup: The Holy Grail of Lazy (yet Delicious) Dining:

Picture this; you're down with a cold (something we are all used to with The Diff’s unpredictable weather), your motivation to cook is as low as your phone's battery, and you'd rather binge-watch your favourite show than stand by a hot stove for hours. No worries at all, for the glorious canned soup comes to the rescue! It's the ultimate comfort food, whether you're battling a flu, suffering from a broken heart, or simply too lazy to chop vegetables. Just pop open that can, heat it up, and let the spoonful’s of goodness soothe your soul.

This brings me to mention, I know exactly what you are thinking… "How do I use a can opener to have that delicious canned soup?". Well keep reading and you shall be informed!

Mastering the Can Opener: Unveiling Canned Delights with Quirky Finesse

Fear not the can opener, that mysterious contraption guarding canned treasures. Find it amidst chaos, wield it with triumph. Face the can, a stubborn fortress. Blade against the lid, rotate with culinary bravado. Hear the sweet sounds of progress—a pop, a hiss—as the seal surrenders. Sparks may fly, celebrate them. Witness the lid's defeat, revealing edible possibilities. Take a moment to relish your victory. Inhale anticipation, savour the convenience and deliciousness of canned soup. You've conquered the can opener, dear chef! Embrace its powers, explore the realm of canned creations with humour and insatiable appetite. Bon appétit!

Im-Pasta-ble: The Art of Boiling Noodles:

Pasta, the saviour of students around the world! To cook this simple yet satisfying dish, grab a pot, fill it with water, and put it on the stove. Once the water reaches a rolling boil (cue the excitement), throw in some salt and add the pasta. Cook until al dente (a fancy term for "not too soft, not too hard"), then strain it, and voila—your noodles are ready to be dressed in a tantalizing sauce or tossed with butter and cheese for the ultimate lazy-gourmet experience.

Congratulations, you soon-to-be, but not yet professional chefs! You have embarked on a culinary adventure that will nourish your body. Remember, cooking is a delightful journey filled with surprises, experiments, and the occasional burnt toast. Embrace the chaos, laugh at your kitchen mishaps, and let your taste buds lead the way. So go forth, armed with these newfound cooking skills, and conquer the world—one delicious (and funny) meal at a time!