Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Why I...don't like cooking

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Lets start with the fact that I love food! I love eating, I love looking at food (I have more recipe books than I have socks) and I especially love the atmosphere that sharing good food creates. Some of my favourite memories are triggered by certain foods. Pizza in Italy, ice cream on the beach as a kid and ham at Christmas.

However, when it comes to actually cooking the food I start losing interest. Every year I resolve to try and invigorate my cooking passion and every year I don't make it past January. I think the problem is that I am more excited about the idea of cooking than actually cooking itself. There are a number of reasons why I don't like cooking but here are the main three....

oNE Our kitchen is matchbox size, there is one tiny little bit of working space and barely any room to do anything. It makes it complicated to make anything more difficult than a stir fry.

tWO Being in the kitchen can take you away from the socialising. I get stressed when I am cooking for a lot of people and tend to spend the whole time in the kitchen stressing about how bad dinner is going to be. I am much better out at the table chatting and serving the wine instead of pretending I know what I am doing.


tHREE I am impatient. A recipe with more than a handful of steps and I have lost interest before I have even started. Or if I have to boil something for 20 minutes I usually decide that 15 minutes will do.

I think in the long run though it just comes down to the fact I am just not that great at cooking and maybe that's okay. I wish I could end this post saying I am going to try and cook more and be more experimental but the truth is I think its time to just accept that cooking is not my forte and just concentrate on the eating! Do you like cooking or are you happy to just sample the fruit of someone else's labour?

13 comments:

  1. I hate cooking, it generally makes me angry and I only ever bake. I think I get it from my mum she hates it too. Luckily for me my bestie is in love with cooking! x

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  2. I absolutely abhor cooking. I can't even cook a bowl of rice. Embarrassing.

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  3. I LOVE COOKING!! We recently put in a new kitchen so I love cooking even more. I think the more cook the more you enjoy it. Don't give up! X

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  4. I completely related to this post! Especially the small kitchen, ours is the same and it drives me and the Mr crazy.

    I think we are going to get a kitchen island which I am predicting will increase my standard of living X10

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  5. I love cooking, but I totally understand that it's not for everyone. Does Brendan like to cook? I figure that if one of you likes it, that's all you need. :)

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  6. I'm ok at cooking but I would much rather have someone cook for me! Ha ha :) Luckily my guy likes to cook so he foes most of our meals... I do cook our evening meal though which usually consists of meat of some kind and green veg with a gravy or sauce :) nice and easy!

    Love, Rachel

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  7. oh no! i love cooking, but it can be stressful. luckily my boy loves cooking too so if im not in the mood he can take over haha!

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  8. This post had me smiling so much. I love cooking! BUT I'm with you on #2 - if I'm having a dinner party or any sort of meal party at my place for more than 5 people, I'll have it catered. Before you think 'what a snob' - I only do it because I want to be with my friends and family, enjoying their company, AND I don't want to spend hours cleaning after everyone has left. I want to sit on the couch with my husband and talk about the great time we just had. So I hire help! At first Patrick was shocked that that's how I do things but he's come to see what a great idea it is. I love cooking though, I just don't want to be stuck doing it whilst everyone else is chatting or opening presents or whatever other fun thing is happening. Concentrate on eating! We can't all be great cooks - where's the fun in that?! xoxox

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  9. You also spend so much time making it and cleaning up afterwards and it's all consumed in about 15 minutes. Such a waste of time.

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  10. I absolutely LOVE cooking and adore the process of whipping something delicious together sometimes even more than the actual eating process! I'm lucky to have a spacious kitchen though, and it's not something I like to do every single night. Mind you, I'm always more than happy to kick back and sample someone's else's labour. Have you tried interesting salads or raw focused meals? Less *cooking* as such but still delish. Xx

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  12. O.M.G. I share the same 3 points as you do, except, I kind of like experimenting in the kitchen :D

    Have you seen the size of my kitchen??? Anyone else entering it would seriously cause a cramp!

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  13. I'm a bit of a fence sitter. I neither love nor hate it. With all my allergies I really should be more experimental in the kitchen, but instead I tend to stick to the few dishes I know really well!

    x Jasmine

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