I have always been a fussy eater. Finicky my mum calls me.
The thing is, most of the time it is more about the way certain food looks, or its description that puts me off; before even tasting.
A lot of the time, the way that a dish is cooked can either start your love, or hate, for an ingredient. Sprouts at Christmas time anyone? There is nothing worse that boiled sprouts sittings there on your plate. But I now have a new love for them after trying out a Sprouts with Chestnuts & Bacon recipe.
Going to a great restaurant and having the taster menu is a great way of discovering foods that you would never think of trying, whether you are a fussy eater like me; or just not that experimental. I have found many favourite dishes this way; things that I would previously have never ordered.
Steak is something that I have always shied away from, not understanding how much people enthused over it. The thought of eating a piece of meat medium rare was something that I could not stomach, pardon the pun.
I remember a few months ago, being sit in a restaurant for a friend's birthday eating a seven course taster menu. When the main dish of fillet of beef arrived, I remember looking down at it in horror. My best friend looked at me and said "If you are ever going to try a steak, cooked perfectly. this is the place. Try it". Two mouthfuls in and I was in heaven.
As someone who is learning to cook and expand my repertoire, steak is one thing that I really want to learn how to cook properly. After (finally) discovered what all the fuss was about, cooking perfectly done steak for a dinner party is a goal I really want to accomplish.
Online recipes have been amazing for helping me to learn to cook. Places like BBC Good Food and the Jamie Oliver website which tells you the difficulty rating of every dish have been really beneficial.
I recently came across this guide from Barbecoa Jamie Oliver with tips on how to cook steak. As a novice, knowing what type of cut to buy (I would not have a clue) and what type of herbs to infuse the meat with is invaluable.
I will let you know how my cooking goal goes!