Knowing exactly what is required and having it laid out, plus all the utensils you'll need ready, makes cooking a pleasure. A "simple meal" actually has more than 40 steps. Preparing food will enable you to ascertain exactly how much time you'll need to allocate.It will always be more enjoyable if you're prepared before you start. It prevents repetitive tasks and ensures a better result which is encouraging. Make sure all ingredients you need are measured, chopped, peeled or precooked. Take the time to actually read recipes through before you begin. For a dinner party create a run sheet and break your recipes down into small parcels, like "grate cheese" and "grind pepper" and "pull out plates."