I used to get all worked up on the menu, if I had all the ingredients, if I'd have enough time and I would generally be a huge mess before the actual cooking even starts. Now that I've done it a couple times, cooking is really not that bad. I can actually see the joy in it now. ^^v
Though my repertoire is still pretty much the basics, I think I can move forward slowly from now. One new dish at a time. All those years of watching people cook really does pay off =p.
Yesterday I made my first spaghetti without pre-maid sauce!
it's hardly an accomplishment but lemme have my fun. Using tomato paste was actually pretty hard. The moment you put it in everything just goes out of wack. I think I would rather have just used chopped up tomatoes and it would have tasted better.
But anyways thankfully I got it to taste close to the ones along makes at home.
By close I mean edible. With a whole lot of salt, sugar and lemon. Albeit maybe a bit more salty than usual. And i didn't have a lot of the herbs to go with it. Almost panicked when i realized we were almost out of black pepper.. At least my housemates liked it. I wished they'd be able to taste the better home cooked version I'm used to.
But not bad for a first try =)
I should have taken pictures. To show my cooking growth. Nyhuhuhu
p/s I used fusili though, since spaghetti was a bit common. ^^v