This is another post for my guest editor role for The Girl Who Knows, the place to build a business and life with soul. The Girl Who Knows is a great site for digging deeper into soulful living all while keeping things grounded. I’ll be sharing recipes and other wellness articles there for the next two months. Hope you enjoy our collaboration!
There comes a point when you’re comfortable enough with cooking from a recipe – and you feel the pull to push your boundaries and create a dish of your own. But that pull can disappear in the blink of an eye when you stare blankly at an overflowing pantry, or aisle after aisle of ingredients at the grocery store.
It’s possible to get past this overwhelm and tap into a fun, playful space – one where you can create a recipe from within you, and not from inside a recipe book. With some practical tips and shifting how you think about cooking from scratch, you can come up with a dish based on what’s convenient and easy for you.
Curbing the Overwhelm
One of the biggest obstacles to cooking with your intuition is the sheer amount of overwhelm. You could make anything and everything, which can be paralyzing. But it’s possible to push through the overwhelm by focusing in on what’s already within reach.
What Do You Already Know?
Reflect on your base of cooking knowledge. What have you cooked so many times that you can make it without pulling out a recipe? What skills or techniques do you have that can you use when cooking from scratch?
What Do You Have to Work With?
Take an inventory of what’s in your pantry. Write down a list of the ingredients you have on hand. Look through your spice cabinet, and see what cooking oils you have. By knowing what you already own, you can start to get some ideas simmering. A lot of times I forget I have something in the pantry and discovering that one thing can spark a dish for me.