I believe that food is the heart and soul of a home – it can bring families together, give us an excuse to see our friends, and bring some joy into the kitchen. These days, however, with the introduction of Uber Eats, Just Eat, YummyWeb and other food delivery services, people are learning to cook less and less. This is understandable, of course; some people just don’t have the time, or the effort, to learn to cook, especially when it’s just for themselves. However, I argue that cooking is a unique sort of beauty and can be a joyous and useful skill.
Cooking is a great pastime that also acts as a useful skill, that every person needs throughout their life. But, it’s hard to know where to start. When I first started to cook for myself, I was terrible. I burned things, including myself. I mixed spices that did not go together, and sometimes I made a terrible mess. During one of my first times cooking, I even tried to temper chocolate (which, as my foodies know, is difficult for experienced cooks). My suggestion is to start out small, and with some help from professionals. Try baking first using premade boxes, such as brownies or cake. While the box mixes do a lot of the work, using them can teach you the basics of baking. Eventually, you will learn the little things, like when a mix needs more flour, or if it needs to be cooked longer under less heat. These tips and tricks of cooking come from experience. Ultimately, you can move on to baking from scratch, or cooking low effort meals, such as spaghetti.
Just remember, you will make plenty of mistakes – making mistakes is part of the learning process. Even today I still ruin a whole hour’s worth of work from senseless mistakes. But these mistakes will teach you something and will expand your knowledge of taste and technique. For example, my brother has recently taken up cooking. He attempted to make Fettuccine Boscaiola and greatly miscalculated how much cream the pasta needed, which resulted in it being very dry and bland. But he tried, and he learned something from it. The next time he attempted the same meal he knew what it was missing, and it was delicious.
I believe that everybody should learn how to cook, or at least understand the basics. By learning to cook, you open yourself up to so many fun and wonderful experiences. One of my favorite things I have done was to invite my friends to my house to cook. It brought us together and, in the end, we started something (group cooking) that all of us now enjoy doing.
Learning to cook also establishes independence. At least one time in our lives, we must all cook for ourselves. And because there are so many other options, some people might feel that cooking is an unnecessary skill - I disagree. The first time you cook a whole meal all on your own, it will evoke self-satisfaction and pride. And if you cooked that meal for people you love, the pride will be even more satisfying when you see their smiles and gratitude.
And if you cannot cook, but are eager to learn, here are some "simpy recipes for beginners": https://www.jennycancook.com/recipe/easy-recipes-for-beginners/
1 : Everyone should know how to cook. It’s a valuable skill
2 : Don’t be afraid to try. Just cook something. Mistakes are okay
3 : Cooking for others is one of the best ways to show your loveCategory: Food / Subcategory: Cooking is a Valuable Skill
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