I think we’ve all got that one thing we’re afraid of, be it relatively irrational, common or small. But the reality is although it’s not easy, sometimes the best way to overcome your fears is to tackle them head on. My blog post today comes in two parts, the first explaining how I overcome my fears on a regular basis and secondly, how I believe my strategies can be applied to help those who have a real ‘fear’ when it comes to tackling the unknowns of a kitchen.
Aeroplane. That one word alone sends shivers down my spine and makes me feel just a tiny bit unwell and a lot out of control. When it comes to the word travel, I’m all about it. Give me a sun-soaked beach in the islands or a European historic city to explore and I’m one hundred percent in my happy place. But getting to the destination, that’s what bothers me. So when it comes time to fasten my seatbelt and read over the safety manual, the only way I have learnt to cope is to place my trust in the smiling, perfectly pampered faces of the air-hostesses. The fact they have done hundreds of trips and most likely, had plenty of different flying experiences makes me feel I can count on them to really help me get through the journey in front of me. Just talking to them and asking questions goes a long way to calm my nerves and keep my fears at bay. I’ve tried a number of ways to deal with the fear yet this way of coping really seems to be the best remedy so far.
The point I’m trying to make by sharing my fear of flying story with you is to trust in someone who has experience and perhaps knows what the ‘bumps in the road ahead’ mean and how to get through them. In short, make recipes.co.nz
your air-hostess. Use the fact that we have tried, tested, tasted and re-tested the recipes and cooking methods and use that to your advantage. If you’re planning on buying and serving a large cut of meat to cook at your next special occasion don’t just estimate the cooking time and temperature, rely on us to be your trusted source of how best to cook that piece of meat. Furthermore, ask us questions and advice. If you haven’t already, check out the online chat box on recipes.co.nz
and ask us specifics on cooking with beef and lamb. We’re real people on the other end of that chat box, who like to cook and have learnt a fair bit along the way. But if we don’t honestly know the answer we’ll make sure we find out from someone who does – be it our ambassador chefs, CEO / butcher or one of our ‘foodie’ friends.
Don’t be afraid of trying new things in the kitchen - I promise you, once you get to the other side and enjoy the meal the journey is well worth it. One to get you started is our Slow Cooked Pulled Lamb
pictured below. It is super simple to make and rewards your efforts with the most incredible flavour. Happy cooking!