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did you grow up cooking? why do you cook?

Post by gnd » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:55 pm

Context: always somewhat shocked hearing when someone thinks cooking is sexist or forced. I LOVE cooking, I love baking.


I cook because I love to (plus for other reasons, but mostly cuz I like to!)


I can not remember not knowing how to cook; we grew up helping from as young an age as we could help. Stirring, helping shop, whatever...a bit more...and more....
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Post by fiat77 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:03 pm

I grew up baking but not cooking meals. I cook now for a number of reasons, but I think the main reason is that it is relaxing. After a long day at work I enjoy pouring a glass of wine and spending some time preparing dinner. I also love researching new recipes and a cookbook is my favorite gift!
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Post by veronica_inheels » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:17 pm

Because I like to eat. Eating restaurant food will make you fat and it is unhealthy if you do it all the time.
Also I have a family, good meals are necessary for children.

Truth is I don’t like cooking, it takes hours, makes me tired, there is mess, smells.

I do it because I am good at it( like most of the things I touch,really), and I make it tasty.

I like making sweets, baking. Because most baked products are the best fresh. Some I like warm. And again, lots of it I can customize to my own palate ( usually less sugar in deserts, maybe more almond or vanilla essence)
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Post by Iolar » Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:09 am

Also Poland doesn't really have restaurants. You have only recently stopped having to queue for bread. There was no way to eat out. Still isn't really.
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Post by BulletPark » Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:31 am

And Leprechaun Michelin Man once again approaches the plate.

I don't cook.

I used to and I got bored with it. There are a couple of things I do well for holidays or special occasions.

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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:48 am

I didn't know a thing re. cooking when I moved out of home. It wasn't until I went to sea full time, had access to unlimited seafood and subsequent shore time that I took an interest in cooking. I do all meals now as I like being in the kitchen preparing food and she absolutely loathes it. Works for us.

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Post by EMG » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:25 am

Didn't really grow up cooking. Started learning on my own after I got my own place and had no money. Watched a lot of cooking shows, asked recipes while traveling, and tried a lot at home. Took me a few years to get the basics down.

I like cooking. Don't like cleaning so much but I never really cook for more than 2 or 3 people, so not a big deal. Plus the gf usually cleans if I cook, and I do the same for her.

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Post by fishface » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:14 am

No I didn't. That was left to my mum and brother. I wasn't ever a confident coocook d still struggle.

I enjoy cooking but I'm not particularly good at it. So nobody ever eats my food.

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Post by mishmish » Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:04 pm

I grew up in a single parent family, the oldest of three kids. Did not appreciate the slap-together meals served at home (mom always worked full time) and lusted after good stuff to eat, plus siblings were hungry, so I learned the basics pretty early on, and long before I left home.

Honestly, I really enjoy it, and often cook just because I found something interesting at the market to to try. However, I too hate to clean up, and it's also just too much bother to do both, so the mr. is in charge of that when I cook. I never learned to bake properly because I'm not similarly motivated by love for baked goods.

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Post by rezuar » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:55 pm

I cook to feed my family. Sometimes I enjoy it, and sometimes, like in this weather, it’s a tedious chore.
My Mum always made me help her with preparing of meals so I learnt it wuite soon.
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Post by Stan In Maryland » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:34 pm

Interesting because someone asked me the other day who taught me to cook. I don't really remember anyone teaching me to cook. My older sisters had to cook on days my mom worked, but being younger, and probably as a boy, I wasn't required to. I guess I started getting interested in cooking around 14 or so. My folks would sometimes go away for a weekend so I had to fend for myself. Made a couple of disasters but got me interested in cooking. My mom was a very good cook but not particularly adventurous. I have always enjoyed trying new foods and cooking new things.

Now I cook for a couple of reasons. Daily meals I cook most of the time out of self defense. My wife is a very good cook but a bit of a workaholic and if I left it to her we would be eating at 8 pm and it would probably be a bowl of cold cereal. I also cook because most of the time I enjoy it. Also, I think it is kind of one way I show love for people. I take pleasure in people enjoying what I make.

As to cleaning. When we were young one of my sisters would use every pot and bowl in the house so the rule became, if you cook you clean up. As a result I clean while I cook. By the time the meal is on the table most often all of the kitchen clean up is already done when I cook.
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Post by ceylon_tea » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:33 pm

i didn't cook at all until I went to Uni and started living on my own. I suddenly had to learn to cook. I managed to learn it pretty quickly. I like cooking but not every day. I get husband to do most of the cooking. He's a good cook.

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Post by gnd » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:39 pm

yeah I usually clean up as I cook/bake.

Those savoiardi (Italian cookies/ladyfingers) I made, damn near got every thing in the kitchen dirty with no time to clean up til afterwards. Lots easier to clean up a bit at a time, than all at once! Very tasty cookies though, well worth making.

Agree, can be tedious to cook esp in the heat.

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Post by micvan » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:03 am

Only girl in a family of seven always had to help mom prep supper plus chief dishwasher. God the amount of dishes!! I used to get bored when I was little so mom would pull up a chair and I would " help" her make pies or cakes. Always made my own little pie and when I was about 8 starting baking cakes by myself. My family was pretty meat and potatoes though. Branched out when I left home. I'm a very organized cook all ingredients are premeasured and ready to go. I clean as I go. I do not like the spectre of mountains of dishes!!!

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Post by gnd » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:44 pm

wow yeah that must have been hellacious clean up duty micvan:/

aw cute, making pies:) My kids like that too (well they love cooking, baking anything:)

v talented you, baking cakes all by yourself that young!
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Post by leela » Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:34 pm

My mother and grandma were always 'cook from scratch' good cooks. I used to cook with my Grandma every time I visited (which was very often) from being a small child, so I probably learned basic techniques from her. My mum only really gave me the boring stuff like veg preparation to do, but she was a good cook, so I think a lot of the meals I cooked for the family were based on things she made.

But I'm not enthusiastic about meal preparation. I was happy to let my husband do most of the weeknight cooking (which fortunately he enjoyed as a wind-down after work).
I really struggle to get enthusiastic about cooking just for myself. By the time it's ready I've lost interest in it. I do enjoy making a meal alongside a friend though. Companionable cooking is nice.
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Post by veronica_inheels » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:25 pm

I am like leela- unenthusiastic about work in the kitchen.
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Post by gnd » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:07 pm

yeah, leela, I miss cooking for our kids. It was nice when Engineer and I, or Geek and I cooked together.

Cooking should be more about family.
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Post by gnd » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:09 pm

Nice u cooked with your grandma and mom, leela. Again, cooking is social. I liked in Italy helping make pastas with several generations; or when our kids were little and they and I got to cook with my mom.
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Post by micvan » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:05 pm

Yes it is fun cooking with someone! After George had his stroke and he went into rehab I used to bring him home on the weekend as part of his rehab some simple suppers and we would go grocery shopping for ingredients I would write out and he would have to read it and select the items. And then we would chop, sauté together. Gave him more confidence and I got more at ease at having him around the stove. In an unfortunate situation it was a break and brought us closer.

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Post by guruwil » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:52 am

Yes I grew up cooking, helping at first and then cooking whole meals for the family from mid to late teenage years. I like cooking but tend not to do the day to day as Mrs G works part time and is home well before me so she does most of it. But I do like to do more complex cooking that takes more time which I do on the weekend. Things like making home made pasta or slow cooked meats, or even pickling and bottling vegetables etc. have even had a go at cheesemaking.
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Post by Homerj » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:38 pm

No but I did in my 20-30's in that I had a string of g/f's who couldn't cook, so in lieu of starvation I learned to.
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Post by Scrubb » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:51 pm

Mom used to involve us kids with baking, thinking we'd enjoy it and it would be a Mom and kids activity. I never liked it.

Then when I was about 10 or 11 I got interested in little bits of cooking. I always loooooved food and learning how to make things I liked to eat was interesting and fun. I didn't do much of it, though. Mom was a good and efficient cook so I was in the way more than anything. When I moved out I could make omelettes, spaghetti bologniase/or tomato sauce, and chilli con/sin carne.

Gradually taught myself over the years and had a larger repertoire by the time I was 30. After moving in with Mr_S when I was about 33 I started teaching myself more cuisines and more techniques.

I really like cooking. it's a creative outlet, it's a way of taking care of those I love, and it makes food that I really, really like to eat.
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