Photography vs. Cooking

When I first picked up an SLR about fifteen years ago, I wasn’t very intimidated by the buttons or the functionality of the camera, and when I started reading books and teaching myself how to make a manual exposure, I wasn’t at all overwhelmed by the terminology or the math/science aspect of photography. When I was practicing, I could usually figure out why an image went wrong, make adjustments, and get it right the next time.

But for some reason with cooking, I just feel so darn completely lost! I have been spending some time reading recipes, watching the Food Network, and practicing recipes in the kitchen. But I don’t GET it like I get photography. What do certain spices do? Why are some combinations of food good together and others aren’t? Why am I bringing this dish to a boil, and then a simmer? (What does that do to the food, exactly?) And tonight, why did I follow this recipe exactly but it turned out completely liquidy?! Okay, I didn’t follow it completely exactly – I didn’t rinse the canned beans. I did drain them though. Um, okay and I also only had a 10 oz. can of chicken broth instead of 14 oz. so I fudged the other 4 ounces with just plain water. Oh. And I didn’t put the bread in a food processor to make the bread crumbs because I don’t have one, so I just cut the bread into the smallest dice I could without slicing off my fingers. But still! I followed the other parts. And it looked pretty, but underneath the golden brown bread “crumbs” it was all soup. Sigh!

  • CaseySeptember 15, 2009 - 10:32 pm

    That’s too funny – I’m completely the opposite. I’m totally at home in the kitchen, but I’m still stumbling over all those buttons on my SLR. I had the best tutor in the world and I’m still a mess!

  • DeannaSeptember 16, 2009 - 12:14 am

    I’m going to have to agree with you! Though I can make some pretty great desserts :) Luckily, Eric is a fabulous cook, so he makes dinner 99% of the time, which I am 100% okay with!

  • cindySeptember 16, 2009 - 9:07 am

    it was soupy… but did it taste delicious? It looks yummy. Keep on trying kid! (O:

  • CoelleSeptember 16, 2009 - 9:21 am

    LOL!! you are too cute, susan. Just keep practicing.. that is all it takes. I am a much better baker than I am cook.. I leave the cooking to Corey. :) What were you making by the way?

  • Brianna PhelanSeptember 22, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    It’s almost dinner time and this makes me want to quit early and go make something tasty :)

  • Chelsea NicoleSeptember 24, 2009 - 9:45 pm

    lol, I can sooo relate! We used to eat out all the time. But now that we’re trying to be healthier and eat more at home it’s really hard. Stick with pasta! It’s easy. 😉

  • HeatherSeptember 29, 2009 - 10:48 am

    Mmm, that recipe sounds yummy and I’m going to have to try it! I’ll report back with my findings and if I have any “inside” ideas. Subbing 4 oz water for chicken broth should not have been the problem…I often do all water and no broth! And as many said, keep on trying and eventually it’ll be easier than shooting.

  • Eileen BroderickSeptember 30, 2009 - 1:44 pm

    I totally hear you on this. Isn’t it so disappointing to do all that work and then have it come out wrong? Just keep trying…some ya win, some ya lose.

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