#StudiousSeptember: Not Everything Makes the Cut

6 Oct

For my new skill, I tried to learn the proper techniques for cutting various vegetables and herbs. Why do this?  Well, I enjoy cooking, and I am reasonably good at it, but it is a running family joke in my house that while my food may taste good, it does not look good. I wanted to change that! Unfortunately doing this was quite a bit harder than I thought it would be. The art of cutting is a prestigious and complex one that requires a lot of hand-eye-coordination…something I do not possess in spades. Despite this, I tried and got the expected results.

This is what my knife skills should have looked like:                                                                                                                      fbc_55015_chefknife_styled_1_1

This is what they actually looked like…

Nick knife cuts

That is quite a bit of difference if you ask me, but that’s okay. From this experience I learned two incredibly useful facts: the first is that I will never be an Iron Chef, and the second is that sometimes, no matter how hard you might try at something, you can still fail at it. Failing at something does not make you a failure, it just means that you are going to have to work extra hard to be somewhat decent at something that comes naturally to other people. I’ll still keep practicing.

I might never be able to execute something like this:

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But I know that I can try, and if I really put my mind to it I can (and did) make this:

IMG_20140923_195458_848 Which looks pretty good if you ask me.

-Christine

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