newton, how about something with apples, considering your name?
(c'mon everyone, are you all so old you don't remember having to be led by the nose into things? hopefully, this one will appropriately hit him/her on the head)
apples can be peeled and sliced precisely, showing knife skills, and will oxidize quickly forcing you to put them into acidulated water as soon as they're sliced, showing your understanding of the ingredient.
now take it from there ... (baked apples with cinnamon and vanilla a la mode, roast pork tenderloin with apples and onions, apple and sauerkraut pierogies, etc.)
A true lover of nature does not despair now that his mistress has turned a colder cheek.