How Do Your View Cooking?
Despite the fact that this question is asked somewhat rhetorically, it is a question you really should ask yourself and answer. Do you view cooking as a chore or duty or do you view it as a project? There is something much more pleasurable about embarking on a new project than getting around to a loathsome chore. If you do view cooking as a chore the more fundamental question might be why?
Some common reasons that people dislike cooking include the following: lack of skill, lack of confidence, boredom, or you could simply dislike the inevitable clean up far more than you enjoy the process of cooking. For each of these, there are solutions if you are willing to make the effort.
A lack of skill when it comes to cooking can be easily corrected in most cases by taking a few cooking classes. Classes are offered for varying degrees of skill sets and are meant to help you develop your cooking talents while teaching you the basics of meal planning and preparation. You can increase your skills by taking more classes down the road. You can found a lot of those in a simple google search.
While a lack of confidence is a little more difficult to address having a few -dinner parties’ in which your quests can compliment your culinary talents can often solve this particular dilemma. The key in this process is to plan your menu carefully and remain well within your comfort zone. You will be amazed at the wonderfully rich and delicious meals that can be prepared with very little effort if you are willing to sift through the recipe books in order to find them.
Boredom in the kitchen is perhaps one of the easiest problems to fix there is. The solution is exceedingly simple-find a challenge. Try cooking Thai or Indian cuisine. Try more difficult recipes like recipes form resturants like I use and highly recommend. Try making only meals from scratch or simply try broadening your use of spices and seasonings. There are many things you can do in order to provide some pleasure back into your kitchen. You may even come across hidden talents and tastes in the process.
There will always be clean up. My suggestion is to make a deal with either your partner or your children and they can draw straws over who cleans up. Of course if this won’t work in your family, you could always turn over a new leaf and clean as you go whenever possible. This makes the clean up process after dinner so much simpler to handle that it is well worth a few extra minutes during meal prep.