|Okay, I'm curious about Eli's cooking skills: Can he only make certain dishes? Does he have favourites/preferences? (e.g.: is he better at/enjoy doing desserts than dinners or...?) Are there certain dishes he just can't make, because they're too difficult or...? Or is he like a wizard with cooking and can make anything you wish for? Also, is he more likely to strictly follow a recipe or add his own personal touch/improvise or both?? (whoops a lot of questions, sorry)|
In canon, Eli’s not necessarily good at particular dishes or a master of certain recipes, but what he IS good at is making something tasty out of almost ANYTHING edible.
He’s learned to work within the limits of rations, scavenged food, and foraging.
He knows how to improvise, mix things up, and season things to get the best possible flavors, even when what he has access to is very limited. He often comes off as a miracle worker to people who have never experienced his food.
Give him two cans of chili, a bag of nuts, and a pan, and he comes back with this casserole-like dish, seasoned in herbs he found.
There’s also rumors he’s made raccoon stew. (is that cannibalism? People keep calling him a raccoon because his eyes)
He’s never gotten the chance to bake before, so much to his dismay he can’t make baked goods yet. He’d slide very easily into modern cooking, and given the chance, I think he would pick up baking very fast too.
That being said, I know in modern day AUs he’s great at baking, as well as cooking, so yeah.
In a more modern setting, I think he would prefer making desserts over dinners, his favourite thing forever being cookies. Quick, easy, and delicious! And you can make them look like anything.
But he isn’t a wizard, he can’t make EVERYTHING. I see him being very bad at frozen treats. Snow cones, homemade ice cream, popsicles.
HOW DO YOU MESS UP POPSICLES ELI?
I DON’T KNOW!??
And I think he’d have a hard time cooking rabbit or lobster because of his personality.
As for how he follows recipes… he’ll follow them closely enough the first couple times, but enjoys adding his own touches to all his dishes. Often he invents a whole new recipe based on one he’s read.