Watching Master Chef last night, with the losing team condemend to creating pasta under pressure, and maybe also influenced by a couple of Top Chef [master] Quickfire Challenges, I was wondering what I would consider the basic culinary skills I, as somone who claims to be a good cook (and indifferent baker) should have. In other words, what 10 things should I be able to do at a moment's notice, without needing a recipe?
The following list is subject to editing, but I offer it as a starting point to solicit opinions from others:
1. Make pasta from scratch (can't without recipe)
2. Make (yeast) bread from scratch (haven't tried but probably could)
3. Make pie dough (not good at this so would at least need correct proportions)
4. Make choux pastry (or should a couple of pastries be lumped together?) (can't)
5. Break down a chicken into serving pieces (can, but not yet mastered wishbone removal trick)
6. Filet fish (can, but doesn't it depend on the fish?)
7. Make a soufflé (understand basic technique but no idea of correct proportions)
8. Make mayonnaise/aioli/Hollaindaise (would risk on a dare)
9. Make béchamel (can)
10. Make a convincing bolognese or ragù (probably could)
This may not be a good selection, but as I said, it's a start. What would your list look like?