Food is a way to celebrate and explore as much as it is a means of sustenance. There’s a reason as to why we look for authentic cuisine when heading to certain countries and appreciating certain cultures. There’s also a reason why people recommend that you travel some distance in order to access this authentic cuisine because it’s unlike anything else you may have had.
Unfortunately, it’s very easy to lay back and stick with the foods you know, no matter what. In some cases, this isn’t so bad, because versatility can be king. After all, the various toppings of pizza slices you may find can truly distinguish your taste with a new and novel experience each time, should you seek it.
Becoming more adventurous and creative with your food choices over time, however, is best explored slowly but gradually, and always with an open mind. No matter if you’re looking for beautiful food art such as sugar and crumbs cake decoration or opting for entirely new cooking methods and preparatory efforts – this guide will show you how to orient your approach in the healthiest possible way:
Trying New Dietary Types
One essential element of cooking in the modern day is being able to accommodate those with different dietary preferences and needs. A seasoned home cook, then, should always be interested in vegan recipes for example, or perhaps pescetarian recipes, or even those following a keto diet with plenty of proteins, healthy fats, and green leafy vegetables. Alternatives like this (such as using jackfruit in exchange of pulled pork) can be a great way to diversify your cooking ambition and potential.
Various Cooking Methods
It can be worthwhile to focus on becoming comfortable with very many cooking methods, so as to expand your repertoire of cooking skills. For instance, learning to properly sear steaks in pans, how to baste with butters, how to roast or steam vegetables, and how to sous vide meats, fishes and yes, all kinds of veggies can help you become a diverse cook that understands how to get the best from the ingredients afforded to them. Don’t overdo it, however, sometimes a simple cooking pot over an outside campfire is just as essential as a specialized method.
Take Risks When Eating
It can be hard to take risks when eating out, because the last thing we want is to reserve a table and pay for a meal and not enjoy the process of doing so. But with street food vendors, restaurant takeout deliveries, meal kits and online cooking videos, it can be that inspiration need only be around the corner. It’s also important to identify your biases. Something you may have disliked at fifteen years old may be perfect for your taste buds right now, and understanding that can make a major difference in how your palate can evolve over time in the best possible way. Perhaps now is the time to bust out those olives once more.
With this advice, we believe you’ll become more and more adventurous and creative with your food choices. What’s the craziest thing you’ve eaten? Let us know in the comments below!