What you need is a buddy to sit in the kitchen with and chat over a beer whilst stirring and pottering and saying "taste this". Works for me every time. We have the kitchen back to the brick in our new "retirement cottage" at the moment. The one priority when designing a new one was space for sitting and chatting.oh yes! Never mind practice make perfect, I'll have another go tomorrow.
Galley kitchens are satans own invention - they suck the very joy out of cooking.