Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Learning to Cook

One of my life goals is to become a great vegetarian cook.  I don't have much free time but I do try out a new recipe every now and then.  An added bonus is that when you cook at home, you know exactly what goes into the food and can make your recipes a lot more healthy or diet-specific.   I own roughly a zillion cookbooks but, regardless of that, I recently acquired one more:  Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food.  

This one, along with Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, which are both one part recipes and one part technique, have only increased my desire to hone my skills.  I'm realizing that more than specific recipes, I want to learn specific techniques that I can then modify depending on what ingredients I have on hand.

Things I want to learn how to make:

-Fritattas
-Crepes
-Bread
-Paella
-Hummus
-Jam
-Empanadas
-A good basic vegetable soup and a good basic black bean soup
-Icing
-Pie
-Souffle
-Risotto
-Flan


Yum!  What would you like to be able to cook?

{Photo credit: foooooey}

4 comments:

Carolyn said...

MMM i'd love to be able to make souffle. Both chocolate (warm with vanilla bean ice cream? heaven) and some delicious savory varieties as well!

Melita said...

paella for sure!! i may have to do a blog post on the veggie soup i made since i absolutely loved it and it's SO simple and delicious.

Jessica said...

Paella isn't vegetarian. Otherwise, your list looks awesome. I like to cook as well, but its hard to have lots of free time...

Lauren said...

There are plenty of vegetarian variations on paella. I've had several that are yummy! Plus I eat some fish and it's good with a more sturdy white fish as well.