When I first started cooking, I always used a recipe. Which is probably a good idea for a new cook. But after I gained some experience cooking, I noticed that there are some processes than lead more often to success: when making cookies, be sure to cream the butter and sugar well before you add anything else; when baking, measure everything exactly.
For the minimalist, there are some processes I have discovered lead to success more often.
~small refrigerator. One hundred years ago, rich people had an ice box. Everybody else did without. Since the invention of the refrigerator, they have gotten bigger and bigger and people put all sorts of stuff in them that won’t really go bad. I know someone who puts her corn chips in the fridge. Refrigerators have gotten so big, that we can’t manage all we put into them. We forget the leftovers and they turn into science experiments.
~shopping once a week. Weekly, I survey the ingredients in my fridge and cupboard and make a menu and a grocery list. I don’t always stick to it exactly….but I do not buy more fresh items until I have used up what is in the house. This keeps food from spoiling.
~pantry items. I keep these limited to what I can use in the next 2-3 months. It saves space, I’m not stuck with unwanted items if our tastes change, and my pantry stock is relatively fresh.
I have a car, live is a small city and am the main cook for a household. If those things do not describe you, your processes might look much different. A friend who lives in Paris, shops every night on his way home from work. A friend who lives alone here in the states, shops once every three weeks.
Processes, by their nature evolve.
What is working well for you now?