I must have been about 15 or 16 and old enough to look after myself in my parents absence.
I remember watching Graham Kerr's cookery programme, the galloping gourmet as he was known, with his glass of wine and flamboyant style.
My thoughts were if you can do it, I can do it better.
So I started with a pinch of this and a dash of that, raiding the cupboard as I went.
I transformed a braising steak in no time at all, into a meal fit to be used as a shoe sole.
I suspect it was more to do with the cut of meat, rather than the ingredients added to it, which included dried tarragon, dried fenugreek, dried mint, baking powder, curry powder, salt and pepper.
Have you noticed the odd man out?
So what was your first solo experiment, how did it turn out and how old were you?