Yesterday I posted a really beautiful cheesecake recipe. (At least, I think it was beautiful. I HOPE you think so too.) It was delicious and it was pretty and I took like 500 photos to get a few that worked. (That’s one of my tips for taking good food photos, by the way…) I don’t know where you’re coming from as far as cooking, food photography, or anything else, but I wanted to make sure I keep it real. Because you may be like me: looking around at all these gorgeous foods and original recipes and the million pins, sometimes I get paralyzed with fear in the kitchen.
Do you ever have this problem?
It might be the issue of comparison, where you feel like you can’t possibly do something as well as X, Y, or Z, so why try. Sometimes we start with giant expectations and then feel like we can’t ever live up to them. (If you’re struggling with these things, check out my post on Pinterest Imperfection.) Here are some confessions, which you already know if you’ve been reading my blog:
Sometimes I really screw it up.
Sometimes I set things on fire.
Sometimes I make something that looks delicious and tastes like poo.
Sometimes I make something delicious that looks like poo.
Sometimes I get burnt out and I feed the kids Totino’s Pizza Rolls.
Sometimes I get tired of cooking and eat fast food.
Need proof? I’ve got photos. Here is the good, the bad, the ugly.
THE UGLY (aka, the Really, Really Bad)
So when you are thinking about dinner or meal planning or anything else and feel a sense of anxiety, know that nobody’s perfect. Know that sometimes a great cheesecake comes the day after a kitchen fire. It may take a few fails to get that one thing right. Sometimes dinner might be made in a microwave.
Your kitchen is YOUR kitchen. It’s great to learn and grow from others, but the minute it starts feeling like a race or comparison, shut down your laptop, turn off that cooking show, and remind yourself that you are cooking for you. In your kitchen for your family. You don’t have to Instagram it. You don’t need to create an original recipe (or stick to one someone else gave you). Do what you like and what works for you.
I’m all about stretching and growing, but don’t we all mess up as we stretch and grow? Don’t we learn from the mistakes as well as the successes?
Embrace your cooking style, your preferences, and what works in your home. Take inspiration that really inspires and know when to throw out those negative voices and influences.