Ok, this is the part that everyone hates. Prepping. Because no one thinks of this as actually cooking. You see, if you take care with this step of cooking, then there is no doubt that the rest will take care of itself. Cooking is simply the correct application of heat, no?
You have to realize that the way you prep your ingredients completely influences how it will react in heat. Onions sliced, diced, or roughly chopped will cook very differently. So, onions thinly sliced in rings, garlic crushed to keep it moist, tomatoes thinly sliced, as were mushrooms. As a finishing touch, 2 dried peppers, chopped with the seeds. Heat!DF