Cooking is one of the most essential skills to have, but even the best of us can fall into a kitchen rut and get stuck for inspiration. Luckily, we’ve whipped up 8 ways to make cooking interesting again. Read on and you’ll be ready to hit the kitchen again before you know it, overflowing with new ideas to make the most of your time cooking.
Run with a Theme
An easy way to spice things up in the kitchen is to have a daily theme – Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesdays, fish on Fridays, etc. By assigning each day of the week its own category, you strike a delicious balance between order and room for creativity. The rules help you out when you’re stuck for choice, but if you’re feeling adventurous and are looking for something new, there’s not a world of dishes to choose from either. Perfection.
Travel Through Your Tastebuds
Next time you’re stuck for inspiration in the kitchen, why not travel the world with your tastebuds? When it comes to making things interesting, nothing does a better job than whipping up an international dish and trying something out of the ordinary. Whether you try your hand at Vietnamese Pho or grill up some Caribbean jerk chicken, international dishes really help you break away from the mundane and tantalise your tastebuds.
Make it a Social Event
If you’re tired of slaving away alone over the kitchen stove, make things interesting and turn it into a social event. Inviting someone to cook with you means things will get done faster and leave plenty of time for conversation as well. It’s also fun to make use of the entire kitchen together. Spread the ingredients out over the bench, have everything ready to go, use the entire space. And it’s great to have someone to help when it comes to getting that pasta to al dente perfection. If you’ve got kids, don’t be afraid to get the involved either – things might be slower, but no less fun.
Turn Up the Music
If the idea of preparing a meal leaves you drained before you even begin, perhaps it’s time to cook up a new playlist for the kitchen. The right tunes can really make cooking a blast – how about the old Italian classics while you prepare pizzas, or some surfy rock while you grill up some hamburgers? Even just a solid playlist chock full of sing-out-loud tunes that will have you dancing (and cooking) like no one is watching is a great way to jazz things up.
If you’re in a cooking rut, why not search out new and different ways to get experimental in the kitchen. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try your hand at making your pasta from scratch, or make your own mayonnaise – whatever it is, challenge yourself to do it and see what happens. And if you’re in need of some new cooking gear, Botanex has everything you’ll need.
Cook with a Cocktail
Now we’re talking – cooking with cocktail in hand will of course make things much more interesting in the kitchen. Whether you’re sipping on a homemade sangria or your own mojito with mint from your garden, a boozy and delicious drink will certainly have you in the mood for cooking. You can even get creative and match your cocktail of choice to the weather outside, or the type of meal you’re cooking.
Decorate Your Kitchen
A beautiful kitchen with thoughtful design touches is far too underrated. Having the space where you cook look and feel amazing has a big effect on whether we like being in the kitchen or not. Put up some cooking-themed pictures on the wall, cut some fresh flowers, and keep things clean, sparkling, and smelling fresh – a homemade lemon cleaner does wonders here.
Host a Dinner Party
If there’s one sure way to make cooking interesting again, it’s by putting the pressure on yourself to cater to a dinner party. It involves planning, pulling out your favourite dishware, and curating a menu that goes against the grain and impresses your group of friends. But it’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself – it doesn’t have to be perfect. What matters is that cooking for friends and enjoying a meal together is much more fun and will hopefully reignite your interest in cooking.