I’m a messy cook – a very messy cook. And it doesn’t seem to matter what I’m cooking either. Salad? Somehow there are herbs and vegetable peel all over the place. Baking? How did flour get there? And if cheese needs to be grated, it’s best someone else does it because it usually ends up on the floor. I never realise the state of things until my husband walks in and asks what on earth I’ve been doing. Then I look around and ask myself the same question, because truthfully I just have no idea.
I know you’re supposed to clean as you go, and I’ve watched enough reality cooking television to understand that a disorganised chef surrounded by mess doesn’t fill you with confidence. But to be honest, I don’t really want to cook another way. I like forgetting where I am, and seeing a recipe through from start to finish before looking up to survey the damage. It’s always easy enough to clean up when I’m done, and I’ve tried wiping and washing while cooking – it’s just no fun. And strangely enough, the idea of dealing with a messy kitchen has never been enough to deter me from cooking; all that food is so worth it!
I quite like this cooking quote I stumbled across this week, and I think I’ll stick with it. How about you?
“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
Tell us, are you a neat or messy cook? Would you have it any other way?