Have you always wanted to cook, but never had the confidence, or the patience to try? Or are you not really interested in cooking at all? It’s time you did get interested, really interested, in home-cooking. It’s not old-fashioned – it’s in. The simple act of cooking or baking something can be a pleasurable experience. You can release stress through cooking. It can calm you, and it can delight you (and your tastebuds).
A couple of years ago, I had decided to cook lunch for my family. Something simple and easy, yet also tasty. Well, I made some lemon and orange pasta dish from a recipe in a magazine and I did something wrong – I probably put in too much citrus juice and either too much, or not enough, cheese. It was so bad that even I didn’t like it. All the members of my family hated it. All, except my mum. To this day, she still says how delicious it was, every time I bring it up. I know she’s just saying that to be nice though, because there really was nothing tasty about that meal at all!
But the point is we all have to start somewhere. If you don’t have the confidence to cook for your family just yet, you can still learn to cook, and eat the food yourself (and you can give the leftovers to your boyfriend or dog). You will improve your cooking skills, with practise, over time. These days, I am confident enough to cook up a simple meal, even for my family. But I’m definitely not a top chef, not yet anyway. You should start building up a collection of cookbooks and cooking your way through all of them, or choose the recipes that appeal to you. You could also borrow books from the library and copy down the recipes you like, or you can search online – there is an endless supply of wonderful recipes on the internet.
Being able to cook will make you more independent, and what guy doesn’t like a woman who can cook (and vice versa)? If you need inspiration, watch ‘Julie and Julia’, the movie starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep or the wonderful Disney movie ‘Ratatouille’; or watch the Masterchef Masterclass DVDs.
Food is everywhere, but not all of it is good. There are excellent restaurants of course, but if you don’t have the money to go to these places as frequently as you’d like to, then you should definitely consider cooking at home. You can provide for yourself, and your family, your own five star dining experience, in the comfort of your own home. Once you start mastering the art of cooking, and it’s really not that hard once you get started, people will compliment you on your skills and you will be very pleased. And so you should be!
Cooking can be a very joyful thing to do. And if you cook together with your boyfriend, mum, or even grandmother, there will be much to bond over. I have become addicted to baking – there is nothing better than a freshly baked cookie from your own oven. Shortbread cookies, chocolate banana cake, choc chip cookies, muffins … the list goes on and they are all fantastic and easy to make. Of course, it helps if you have a sweet tooth. And who doesn’t like chocolate anyway?
With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to bake, or to start learning how to make a delicious roast. And if you find yourself single, or ‘still single’, on Valentine’s Day, don’t mope around complaining to your friends and family about how miserable you are about being single and ‘alone’. Instead, cook a lovely lunch or dinner (or both, if you’re eager!) for your family and other single depressed friends, complete with a rich and satisfying dessert, like crème brulee or chocolate fondue (or both!). You don’t need a man when good food is so satisfying. And the better you are at cooking and providing for yourself, the more you will come to realise, that there is more to life than just being with some guy.
Of course, if you’ve got a guy, that’s great too. You’ve got someone to pleasure with all your delicious and fresh home-cooked meals. It can be a lot of work at times, not to mention time-consuming. But this all depends on the recipe you choose. Your mum and grandmothers would probably be willing and able to give you some tips.
With you cooking, you’ll know what’s in the food you’re eating, as opposed to eating out. So, you can rest assured that the food you make will be fresh and healthy. Some wise and encouraging words from Disney’s ‘Ratatouille’ are: ‘Anyone can cook’. So get cooking already!