One of the things I realised when I started living on my own was that I loved to cook. I hate cleaning up the dishes and pots and pans, but I sure loved to cook.
It was quite similar to being a scientist. You see a recipe (protocol) and you follow the recipe. And when the recipe doesn't work well or if the outcome isn't great, you re-examine the recipe and tweak it. Sometimes, there are curve balls, but that's when life experiences and skill come in!
This is my version of the spaghetti meatball. I have since learned to add anchovies and blend onions, carrots, and celery into the sauce. Well worth it.