And so are your cooking talents!
Star Anise is a key ingredient in the kitchens of the Far East. Sweet and herby all at once, it is easily combinable despite its eclectic qualities and adds honeyed spiciness to both sweet and savoury dishes. Add a pinch of star anise to your kitchen attitude, and unleash the vibrant cook you always wanted to be!
You are a confident cook, you love recipes and have high standards. You have a well equipped kitchen, lots of cook books and stacks of recipe notes. You value and enjoy good food and always strive to improve your cooking skills. You secretly wish you were more like your favourite chef. But... reality gets in the way. A home kitchen can never measure up to a pro.
You love good food, but find it exhausting to keep on top of your recipe plans day in day out. You love trying new things in restaurants, but trying to recreate the recipes at home is often frustrating. You really want to cook well and cook right but it can be hard to keep it up, sometimes you feel discouraged before you even put the pan on the stove. You'd love to experiment more but special ingredients are hard to get and you don't always have time to try new recipes.
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 star anise!) to fall in love with cooking again!