Above, is what captured my eye as I sauntered to work through the French Quarter. It is the alley to the left of St. Louis Cathedral between Royal Street & Jackson Square. The picture has almost nothing to do with the dough fear, except, it is what inspires me to cook. Simple natural beauty is overwhelming, as is dough, to me. Cooking, like sports, is mostly mental. Yesterday I made gnocchi for the first time in my short life, and was enthusiastically happy about the outcome. Little details, roasted versus boiling, yielded a light airy dough that took well to the San Marzano tomato sauce and arugula which accompanied it. The first step to cooking, is throwing out any fear of failure. Allow yourself to make mistakes, learn from them, and make it better. Learning about life from a potato dumpling seems to be insane, but it is this insanity that pushes progress. Confidence is tasted in food, so next time you cook, enjoy the process of cooking, and your guests will thank you for it.
For those people who have stopped by for a meal at PRAVDA!, I appreciate your time and business.
Matthew Elliott Kopfler
1113 Decatur Street
Amazing, Louisiana 70116