A little while ago I made a post about how watching cooking shows makes me want to be a chef. But recently I had an experience that made me realize the cooking show I'd be best suited for by far is Worst Cooks in America.
I took a one-night cooking class with a friend of mine. And I realized that I don't know a lot about cooking things from scratch. I got completely stymied when trying to mince garlic. First, I didn't know how big the clove was. Then I apparently chopped it rather than mincing it. I also "looked terrified" when crushing it with the blade of the knife. Also, I didn't know how to chop... well, anything. I had the cooking teacher laughing his ass off.
"You don't cook much, do you?" someone said to me.
Here's the thing though: I cook dinner for my family 5-6 nights/week. I mean, I "cook" in that I use the stove. OK, it's mostly like that show Semi-Homemade or whatever it's called. But it's not takeout and it's hot. If I need minced garlic, I've got a jar of it in the fridge.
For example, this was our family menu for the last several days:
Last night: Sauteed mixed vegetables, seasoned with Teriyaki sauce, added some ramen noodles, a fried egg, frozen shrimp, and beef (coated in flour and sauteed in olive oil).
Night before: Breaded steak (eggs, bread crumbs, saute in olive oil), mushrooms and frozen corn sauteed with a little butter, rice side dish made in microwave (but added frozen broccoli and okra)
Night before that: Made one of those Stouffer's saute meals, but added extra frozen broccoli, zucchini, peas, corn, mushrooms, and some extra noodles to make it enough for all of us
Night before that: Browned beef with sauteed onions, garlic, broccoli, peas, then simmered with jar of tomato sauce and splash of red wine. Mixed with noodles, cooked in oven for 20 minutes. A family favorite.
So like I said, every night I "cook" but nothing from scratch. I open a lot of packages, probably spend more on meals than I could, but really, who cares? A favorite of mine is buying a whole rotisserie chicken and then using that as the protein for rice or noodle dishes. I cheat and get dinner done in about 30 minutes.
But yeah, I don't see myself competing on Masterchef any time soon. (Or if I did fake my way through the first round, I'd surely get tapped on the shoulder by Joe in round two and told, "We've seen enough. You've got to go.")