A Butcher, a Baker???

December 29, 2011 at 9:07 am | Posted in Career Moves, Playing with Food | 2 Comments
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I hear it all the time.  If you like to prepare food, you are either a cook or a baker.  For some reason, there is a separation between the meal and the dessert that is prevalent in the cooking world.  Pastry chefs are different than “regular” chefs.  People who like to cook typically lean towards one side or the other.

I guess I’m an outcast in this respect.  I love to cook, but I do not lean towards dinner or dessert.  Instead, I lean towards recipes and techniques that I am familiar with, or that don’t seem too hard to learn, but I’m always experimenting…and watching the Food Network.

I’ve been a food fanatic since I was young, when several of my friends can recall spending days blending weird ingredients together with me.  I even remember making meatballs with my Girl Scout Troop once — I think it was the first time I had ever cut onions, and I have a vivid memory of it.

And I’m still learning a lot.  There are so many techniques I want to learn, and so many ingredients I have never worked with.  And there is only so much you can learn from the Food Network and cook books.

Part of what will help me is buying the right tools to make certain dishes.  This is where my wedding registry will play a huge role in making me a good homemaker.  But it’s more than that that I crave.  I want to be really good.  I am driven to get better for myself, not because I plan on ever becoming a professional chef, but because I am interested in preparing good food.

So looking into the New Year, I am thinking of taking my experiments a few
steps further and taking some classes. I’ve started to do some research and there are a lot of options for non-credit, affordable courses to learn techniques.  Once I find a good one that is cost-effective and fits into my schedule, I think I’ll give it a shot.

So plan on hearing from Chef Pushing Thirtyy in the New Year. More food adventures to come. Until then…peace out 2011!


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  1. A fellow Food Network junkie, yay! You can learn quite a bit from a few chefs on TV, I like Alton Brown’s scientific approach and Anne Burrelle’s go-get-’em big attitude with big flavours 🙂 I used to watch Martha Stewart and the Urban Peasant back in Canada while I was learning to flex my… knives. Don’t fear the unknown, you can always dump it in the trash and blame it on the dog, then try again! Good luck on your new adventures and all the best for 2012!

    • Thanks much! I just got Anne Burrelle’s new cook book. Very excited to explore! Best to you in 2012 and thanks for being a loyal reader! 🙂

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