It is the preparation of cooking which is the hardest part, the slicing, dicing and measuring. I always like to prep first – measure everything out in small containers. Read your recipe a few times before you start preparing this will help you get familiar with the ingredients. I tend to misread teaspoon and tablespoon so this has helped me from miss-measuring.
If you are cooking for that very special someone do NOT try out a new recipe. No matter how hard you try it will never turn out perfect. Always test out that new recipe at least once. It will save you time and embarrassment.