Quiz : Cardamom

Your magic ingredient is...

Your cooking personality is vibrant, aromatic, and hidden in a pod - just like CARDAMOM

And so could be your cooking (yes, really!)

Exotic yet modest, the warm spiciness of cardamom is deliciously fragrant and surprisingly versatile: Much loved in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines, cardamom adds spice and depth to stews and curries, and a subtly reassuring perfume to rice dishes and baked goods. Add a pinch of cardamom to your kitchen attitude, and unleash the vibrant cook you secretly long to be!

I know, I know... this may sound like the wrong quiz result... but wait! From your answers I know that you don't really cook that much, and you are OK with that. I get it... cooking seems like a lot of hassle, and what others cook for you - at home or in a restaurant - tastes so much better than anything you could cook anyway.

Yet, you are someone who does enjoy food, and sometimes you secretly wonder... what if... you could get into cooking one day?... That's why you took the quiz, right?

In the age of celebrity chef culture, food porn, competition cooking, foodie reverence and oversupply of recipes we easily forget that preparing food to nourish ourselves and our loved ones is an innate human instinct. If we could only turn down all the noise, brush aside all those shoulds and have-tos, and simply focus on taste and nourishment, cooking naturally becomes a lot less stressful and a lot more fun!

It only takes a small but powerful shift in mindset, a bit of practice (and a good pinch of cardamom!) to fall in love with cooking! 

It's time to reclaim your kitchen confidence!

where you're winning already

  • You enjoy good food.
  • You appreciate the skill and art of cooking (even though you avoid it yourself). 
  • The seed is sown already: you secretly wish you cook could more. 

what might be tripping you up

  • Feeling overwhelmed by all the conflicting food advice out there.
  • Feeling reluctant to try something new for fear of doing it 'wrong'. 
  • Getting sidetracked by others' rules and recipes. 


  • Relying on recipes more than your senses to guide your cooking.
  • Focussing on looks rather than flavour.
  • Approaching home cooking from the perspective of a celebrity chef.

Nigel Slater


Unleash the cook within... delight and nourish with ease.

start where you are

  • You already know more about cooking than you think - put it to use!
  • start by jazzing up your favourite (ready) meals for a quick kitchen win.
  • Try one tweak at a time.
  • Cook with what you have.
  • Use all your senses (including common sense!)


  • Pay attention to the food & pan in front of you - all you need to know is right there.
  • Become receptive and observant.
  • Notice what exactly you like or dislike about a food or dish (and why).
  • Observe the many layers of flavour, and how they complement and contrast each other.

change your perspective

  • Approach recipes as a toolbox rather than an instruction. 
  • Appreciate cooking is a journey not a destination.
  • Boost your kitchen confidence, not your recipe file.
  • Be a cook, not a foodie.

Samin Nosrat



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Mark Hyman, MD

Have we met ?!
I'm Katerina!

I've tried on a lot of hats on over the years... from ethnomusicologist to radio producer to to concert manager to shopkeeper (and a few stops in between).

Through all this time there has been one constant love for as long as I can remember: my love of cooking. My home has always been where my spice rack lives. If you had ever shared food at my kitchen table you would know that I like my food unfussy and delicious - I'm a proud home cook, not a chef. I have no culinary training or foodie aspirations yet few things get me more excited than talking, cooking and eating good food.

In countless fascinating conversations about food and cooking over the years, I discovered that despite the abundance (oversupply?) of recipes, ingredients and celebrity chef role models, many people feel stuck, stressed and bored in the kitchen.
What a shame... for sharing good food with our loved ones is one of the greatest joys of being human. This realisation sparked my passion for helping others to find ease and confidence in the kitchen without relying on recipes and rules.

My intuitive approach is down to earth, common sense and perhaps a touch unconventional. I teach exactly the kind of cooking I do at home every day: no fuss, no stress, 100% delicious.

If that's what you are hoping to do too, you are in the right place!



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We're just getting started: I’m not just going send you away with a bunch of tips, tell you to get cooking and then leave you hanging. I’m here to help you become as confident, easy-going and imaginative in your kitchen as you wish to be.

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