In terms of food preparation, I have these learning points to share with you:
1. Never completely ignore the recipes recommended by manufacturers on their product packaging. The recipes serve as a good guide for first-timers, and allows one to improvise on subsequently.
2. Keep a pack of Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets in the freezer. Along with Pilsbury's pie crusts, these have become my pantry staples. There are usually two of each at any time. You can make sweet or savoury tarts and pies whenever you feel like, just as long as you have fruits or ham and cheese in the fridge.
3. Plan ahead so that you can save time effortlessly. For example, if you want to use the puff pastry tomorrow, you should move them from the freezer to the fridge tonight. Then, tomorrow, if you want to use the puff pastry for lunch, take it out from the fridge after breakfast.
Here's my version of ham and cheese wheels, inspired by the recipe given by Pepperidge on their puff pastry packaging.