I have no fear of recipes. None. Recipes are like coding. You can read it and picture it in your head. You can follow it and get the result you expect–most of the time. If you don’t that’s a coding/recipe error or error on your part.
So, I can turn out beautiful sauces, bake breads, create pastries, and make people swoon.
However, there are skills I don’t have in the kitchen.
1. I can’t brown ground beef. This means my family gets soy crumbles for everything that requires ground beef whether we are vegetarian or not. My ground beef browning generally ends up in funny chunks or burned in places. It just doesn’t work. I place part of the blame on lean ground beef. As a child, I wasn’t bad at browning ground beef. The rest of the blame lies in the fact that I find it easy to wander off while cooking and tend to forget about things on the stove top.
2. Rice. I can’t make rice stove top unless you count boil in bag rice. Fortunately, I now own a rice steamer. (Thanks to Steamy Kitchen for talking me into it via her book)
3. Knife skills. I think about taking a class from time to time. I am a lefty and have some motor skills issues, so it took a long time before I could successfully even minimally cut things as a child. My skills haven’t improved much. I can cut a chicken into pieces quite easily. Carving a turkey fine. Mincing/chopping/dicing/slicing–not my thing. I make do with a mandolin and handy chopper. Everything else I cut by hand looks mutilated.
What can’t you do in the kitchen?