From applesauce to zebra cake, I cooked my way through all 26 weeks of my Alphabet Adventure. I miraculously survived without any explosions, fires, or even minor cuts, burns, or bruises. (Don’t worry, I had the doctor on speed-dial, just in case!)
In the process, I acquired interesting new techniques, like how to shape quenelles; developed my own original recipes, like my addicting granola; and simply surprised myself by transforming humble ingredients into delicious and semi-gourmet dishes, like (French) Onion Soup.
Most importantly, I discovered that Chef Gusteau from “Ratatouille” was right, “Anyone can cook.” When I first embarked on this adventure 6 months ago, I enjoyed spending time in my kitchen, but I followed recipes word-for-word, rarely experimenting with my own unique twists. Somewhere in the alphabet, I learned to trust my instincts, which not only meant I was actually developing some but that they were good instincts and enhanced the recipes I was previously too scared to change.
Now that I’ve cooked my ABCs, I’m ready for a new challenge. The next one probably won’t be quite as long—6 months of preparing new foods certainly kept me busy!—but it’ll still be attempting something I’ve never made before because life is only worth living when we put ourselves outside of our comfort zones and learn.