At the end of the day, there’s no reason why cooking should be a chore or something you dread doing. More something you have fun with while also feeding yourself. I always cook with the mentality that I can make a “normal” egg sandwich in 10 minutes, but I can do a fancy delicious one in 15, which is more than worth the additional five minutes. And that’s all it really takes, an extra five minutes on most meals in figuring out which spices work and which don’t. And it’s not something that you should be afraid to try, we eat over 900 meals a year, thousands in our lifetime. And if you make a bad dish, just don’t make it again. That’s one meal of thousands that you didn’t like. However, when you make something delicious, build on it. Figure out which flavors worked together and see if you can come up with a reason why. Cooking, like most arts are not difficult to learn and progress in, but they all require you to confront the unknown which most of us fear,
I find it best to cook with an open mind and try combinations that would often be unconventional. Most of it works in the spices and sauces. They last a long time and carry so much flavor to any meal. It now becomes a puzzle of how to use the spices together to make something great. Once I can say I fully understand every spice, I will be doing a write up on how their flavor profiles all work together so stay tuned for that!