No one loves to cook more than I do, and making up things on the spot is one of my favorite things to do. Crockpot cooking is one of my personal faves and I also have an excellent bread machine on hand that makes it even more delicious to make some great items that allow me to branch out from my comfort zone and then have my friends try out the new foods. Dinner time is never the same for me and my friends and family and I often share recipes whenever I can and collect the best ones to share.
Who doesn’t love a hot meal whenever they can get it and don’t we all have our own favorite foods that we like to have with some frequency? For those that are not the best cooks, there are some secrets that even beginners can use that will make it seem like they have more experience than they actually do.
I personally believe that it’s always important to take risks and try out new things. There are so many benefits to branching out and you can just imagine how much I have learned by just daring to do so. If you really think about it, you always learn more when you think outside the box. So, the issue with trying something new has never been really an issue with me and I am the kind of person that will try anything at least once. Don’t let fear of strange foods keep you away, because you may find something that you appreciate and there are more than a few reasons to consider trying something new. Here are just a few:
Cultural Awakening and Sensitivity
If you are the type to consider travel, then you cannot ever escape without trying different and interesting foods. Even if there are foods from countries you have never heard of, the recipes can be slightly different from what you are used to abroad. Luckily, whenever I travel, cuisines seem to be able to find me, and this may, in fact, be one of the reasons why I am so drawn to cuisine and food. It is so important to get over your fear of other foods because you don’t think it will ‘agree’ with you. There are some countries where food is considered a gift from a higher power and there are rituals involved that include not only preparation but the disposing and eating of food. By rejecting them, you are insulting not only the process but more of their culture than you may even realize.
Food Unites People
Food often leads to friendship, I have learned over time. There have been so many times where I have begun cooking something with a stranger and by the end of the preparation, I have learned not only how to make some new dish, but I have gained a friend. By trying out new foods, you are building bonds that you cannot put a price tag on, and you can do so with both kids and adults. When in Rome, do as the Romans do, and that includes Italy, Japan, Scotland, and every other country as well.