Trimming meat. Immensely satisfying.
I really enjoy getting “flow” going when cooking a complicated menu by myself. I love the logistics-thinking you have to do under pressure.
I love the moment of putting mirepoix into a pan, and admiring the bright contrast and neat little squares.
I love the fruit prep for making jam. Local, seasonal fruit is one of the great joys of my life, and having pounds of it heaped in a jam pot is a thrill that never gets old.
I get a lot of joy from grilling. These past 2 years of living in suburbia with a backyard grill have really upped my skills. I also love cleaning the grates afterward (which is funny because I hate cleaning up generally, and when I cook big meals often make a huge mess.)
Finally, assembling and weighing ingredients for baking is very pleasurable, probably because it’s a precursor to baking, which is my favorite kitchen thing.