I’m a writer, which means I’m good at one thing: procrastination. I’ve perfected my technique like nobody’s business. My procrastination game is strong, y’all. And as a perfectionist, I’m always looking for ways to improve my craft. My latest obsession: Watching cooking videos online.
Before you say, “Been there, watched that.” I’m not talking spending 30 minutes in Julia Child’s kitchen while she walks me through each step of making a beautiful cheese souffle. (Though it did look good when I spent 10 seconds watching the video to confirm that Julia Child indeed cooked in a kitchen.) I’m on the cusp of being a millennial. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
My faves are the current crop of videos where all you see if literally just a pair of hands taking you through an entire recipe in 60 seconds or less.
No matter the recipe, they always make it look so easy—thanks to a combination of quick cuts and a musical soundtrack that sounds like elevator music on steroids—and so good—thanks to a closeup of the final product, piping hot, and ooey-gooey.
In the past month alone, I’ve learned to cook brownie bottom peanut butter cheesecake, mozzarella sticks inside fried beef, pig picking cake, mozzarella sticks inside a croquette, key lime pie dip, and mozzarella sticks inside a waffle-maker.
Are you jealous? Or maybe just plain hungry?
The best part? Despite having watched probably 100 videos, I haven’t cooked a single thing. Sure, I always start the video with the best intentions. Yes, I’m going to bust out this BBQ Chicken Monkey Ring when I finally have that dinner party I’ve been telling people I’m going to have for four years now.
I’m resolute until about the 30 second mark. Then they usually add something like jalapeno and I’m like, “That would require a trip to the grocery store. Kellye Out.”
And then I click on the next video and start the process all over again.
What about you guys? What are your current obsessions? Do you also love these type of sites? And have you ever actually cooked anything from them?