Heaven for some, burden for most, nightmare for few.
It doesn’t matter what you are cooking: Christmas dinner for the whole family or a some scrambled eggs for breakfast. If you prepare well, or as the French call it do your 'mise-en-place’, cooking becomes much easier and the risk of nasty surprises is reduced to a minimum. As an added bonus, doing your mise-en-place will make you visualize all steps in the cooking process which helps tremendously in cooking a great dish easier and faster.
2 Use fresh herbsMost supermarkets today sell fresh herbs either cut and packaged or as whole plants in pots. The pre-packed stuff is fine but can be quite expensive. If you have some garden space, a balcony or even a window sill, you can grow some fresh herbs yourself. No need to go overboard – some rosemary, thyme and fresh parsley, maybe some basil... It will take your cooking a long way.
Of course there are some exceptions that provide reasonably good food but they always come with a host of nasty additives that you simply should not put in your body. Read the ingredients and you’ll see the pre-packaged stuff is easy to prepare yourself and you can leave out the unwanted artificial stuff. Your children will thank you for it later.
5 Develop your repertoire
Because they prepared it hundreds of times, getting better every time. Make sure you have 5 or 10 dishes that you prepare regularly and hone your skills. Never make the mistake of cooking that great recipe you saw online for the first time when you’re having guests for dinner. You are bound for disaster. Cook the dish that you are very comfortable with and really apply yourself to making it the best rendition ever. Success will be guaranteed - just keep an eye on the waiters.