Guys, you’re genetically inclined to be great at so many things.
Fixing stuff. Throwing footballs. Losing the remote control.
But when it comes to cooking a great meal, well, sometimes it helps to stop and ask for directions.
Here’s a few words of advice for the gentlemen out there looking to up their culinary prowess.
First of all, take a deep breath the kitchen won’t bite. I’m here to help. I write recipes for a living and I promise, even YOU can cook healthy, impressive looking meals that don’t taste like cardboard. Give me a chance. I believe in you.
Step 1: Get the basics.
Every kitchen needs a few items. I’m going to assume you don’t live in a cave and you have the essentials like plates, bowls and cutlery (and not the paper kind!).
1. A medium-sized frying pan
2. A medium-sized pot
3. A knife set (I know this perked your interest)
4. Measuring cups (this will eliminate guessing, we’re not ready for that yet).
5. A set of mixing bowls. Don’t cringe. Just do it.
6. A set of cooking utensils
7. A BBQ – this will save your life.
Step 2: It’s time to put something other than beer and bacon in your fridge.
You can’t offer a lady a frozen hotdog for breakfast.
1. Get a spice rack. This will help you more than you can comprehend.
2. Buy frozen: Stock up on Chicken, Shrimp, Beef
3. WholeFoods will cut your veggies for you. Fork out the extra few bucks and buy their prepackaged veggie containers. You don’t have to wash them. That’s key. You’re one step closer to eating them.
4. Olive oil and butter: the most versatile oils of all.
Step 3: Plan ahead.
Think Meat and Veg. Breakfast: meat and veg, Lunch: meat and veg, Dinner: meat and veg. See I knew we could understand each other.
Shop once a week. Write yourself a list of which meat and veggies you feel like this week and stock your fridge. Shopping hungry results in beer and bacon and we’re past that.
Step 4: Woo someone with this recipe:
What You Need:
12 large shrimp
2 avocados, chopped
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 scallions, chopped (okay if I lost you with scallion, a regular purple onion will do – use 2 tbsp. chopped)
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
a sprinkle of salt and pepper for good measure
What You Do:
This is the fun part. 1. Put everything in a bowl and toss. Mix it all up. 2. Pack the mixture into 3 or 4 short glasses, or small plastic cups and let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 3. Invert onto a serving plate and garnish with cilantro sprigs. Voila! You’re a chef.
Now if you get the lady over for a second date you might need some more help. Check out my menu subscription service. I could help you daily.