Chef Nicholson’s Quarantine Hobby: Cooking


Nolan Nicholson '20, Staff Writer

During this time under quarantine, many have decided to take up new hobbies. Personally, my new favorite hobby is cooking.

Up until this point in my life, I have never actually cooked for myself. The extent of my cooking experience before quarantine has been with microwavable mac and cheese and occasionally making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

With all of my extra time though, I have started to watch YouTube cooking videos. I have watched these types of videos before, but I never actually followed through with cooking what I saw. I would typically see the food, crave it, then either ask my parents to cook it or drive to a restaurant to order it. But now that I am stuck at my house with loads of free time, I have started to actually follow through and cook.

The first food I began to make was paninis and breakfast sandwiches in my waffle maker. I made a sandwich everyday and experimented with a multitude of different breads, cheeses, meats, vegetables, spreads and some fruits as well. After I figured out the perfect combinations of each, I moved on to grilling meat.

My dad taught me how to grill steak, chicken and pork chops. I rewatched some videos on how to season the meat, and then I figured out which one appealed to me the most. I quickly learned that cooking each different cut to perfection would take time and practice, so I found tips online for each. Luckily, I did end up cooking each cut of meat well, which I thought would be the hardest part of it all.

As I continued to learn and grow as a chef, I began to become more aware of what ingredients I was putting in each dish and the impact it had on my health. This has led me to realize how much I actually like cooking at home because it is much easier to hold myself accountable to what foods I am putting in my body.

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