Let’s just make this clear, while these tips are helpful, the point is these are ways to trick people into thinking you are a great chef with the out of the ordinary things you do, they won’t turn you into Gordon Ramsey over night.
You can make someone a toasted cheese sandwich and as long as you add one of the below steps, the person on the other end of the table will erroneously believe you know what you are doing.
A Pinch Of Salt In Coffee
I love this little trick. Originally it was only used it in chocolate shakes but it works equally well on coffee. Remember to add the salt in front of them, but just a small pinch, don’t go all Salt Bae and coat the table in Kosher flakes.
Salt helps to tone down the bitterness while making other flavours pop. It could also be a mental thing as seeing someone sprinkle salt in your coffee would make you assume it will taste salty, then when you try it and get all that enriched goodness your mind will be blown. Yes, do change your middle name to Barista.
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Make Your Own Stock
OK, this tip needs some prep and this may be less visual and more influential on the taste of your prepared meal, but making your own stock is super simple and works great. You will need bones and vegetables. The bones don’t need to be clean; they can literally be leftover bones from a meal. They can be chicken or beef too.
All you need to do is toss the bones and any leftover veg you have lying round along with salt, pepper and perhaps some fragrant herbs like thyme or rosemary and boil them together for about an hour. The resulting liquid can be strained and used as stock. Ideally you would want your guests to see the cloudy liquid and ask what it is, then you can just casually say: “Oh this? It’s my own secret stock recipe.”
Bake Without A Recipe
Another visually impressive feat: Bake something in front of someone with no recipe! To be fair you will need to know what ingredients you need, but not how much. Any chef or baker will tell you it’s very important to follow cooking amounts to a T, this is because the success to a cake is in the ratios.
As long as you work within the ratios you will be golden. In short, your sugar must be equal to your flower and your eggs must be equal to your butter. Keep these in mind and watch people’s jaws drop when you make a red velvet cake with nothing but a coffee cup and your wits.
Use Fresh Ingredients
Fresh ingredients do improve a meals favour, but even better than that is how you will look amazing chopping those fresh herbs, adding at least 5 perception points to people’s taste buds.
You will need a sharp knife and also, some practice to get the chopping motion down. Once you do, stand back for the fan mail. The final cherry on the pretend chef cake? Heat your plates in the oven on low heat before serving. You are now a chef (in the eyes of the world).
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