Learning to Love Cooking

As I’ve probably mentioned in my previous posts, I wasn’t always cooking’s biggest fan. But this past year I have come to enjoy cooking and all things kitchen related, believe it or not. It had given me a way to enjoy something different in my life that I didn’t have previously. Sounds corny I know, but even a simple thing like cooking has provided me with an new outlet to explore that makes me feel relaxed and even entertained. It’s’ definitely better than sitting in front of my laptop or the TV as soon as I get home and staying there until I go to sleep. (I think both my mum and dad will agree with that).  Either way, I have found that there are plenty of ways to enjoy cooking and numerous reasons why you should start.

 

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For a start, I have found that it is both relaxing and efficient. Even if you haven’t started cooking for any other reason than you wanted to, it helps you get organised for the week ahead and soon enough ends up playing an important part in your everyday life.

 

Surprisingly, it has helped me become more creative. Cooking is a cool way to explore any creativeness you have by making different recipes and coming up with your own. Plus, it’s always an advantage when you get good feedback from your tasters and receive the occasional wanderer sniffing around the kitchen watching you cook. Although I’m not going to lie, I am quite selfish when it comes to my food, so anything I cook is mainly for me to enjoy! Think of me as Joey from Friends- I don’t share food (ask my family).

 

Feeling good about yourself and what you are doing doesn’t require a reason or explanation, if it’s something you enjoy doing then it should only matter to you and no one else. This is an important one to me, I may not be a master chef but I enjoy the process of making something and have discovered that whatever I make always tastes better than something I haven’t. Unless its a Chinese takeaway, for obvious reasons.

 

Being a book lover of all shapes and sizes, it comes as no surprise that one of my favourite parts of cooking is the cook books themselves. If your stuck in book limbo or feel like you need to take a break from any serious reading, then pick up a cookbook. Trust me, they’re fascinating! Learning the ways food can come together and how certain recipes are prepared is something I find really interesting. The first cookbooks I fully read were; Justine Pattison, Without The Calories and Joe Wicks, Lean in 15. I chose these two books when I first began to change my eating habits and I continue to use recipes from both to this day. For anyone looking to try their hand at cooking and enjoy healthier everyday meals, then I highly recommend trying these two. Pattison in particular has become a fast favourite of mine when it comes to easy to follow recipes and delicious food as a result.

 

Also, if you’re in the UK and enjoy cooking, I highly recommend watching The Great British Bake Off. May be going slightly off topic here, but the latest series has just ended and I am still all caught up in the hype of this show! Since I have started cooking and trying my hand at some amateur bakes, I have become even more obsessed. Watching the bakers show their skills and come up with mouth watering creations is so good. Almost better than watching their reactions when something goes wrong. Either way, watching people bake leaves me feeling incredibly envious and oddly satisfied at the same time.

 

Do you enjoy cooking? If so, how did you start?

 

30 thoughts on “Learning to Love Cooking

  1. This is so interesting for me to read because I am going through the same thing at the moment! I’ve just started to really get into cooking because I want to live a healthier lifestyle and find another hobby. I’ve been really loving following Haste’s Kitchen, Miguel Barclay and Jamie Oliver’s recipes on YouTube! There is something so satisfying about making food from scratch and it being amazing! Great post lovely!
    Alex x
    http://allthingsalexx.wordpress.com

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    1. That’s so good to hear you’re enjoying getting into cooking! It’s so much fun once you find your feet and discover what parts you really enjoy. I’ll have to take a look at these YouTube videos, sounds like they’ll be something I like! Thank you 😊 x

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  2. Love this blog post. I never used to cook that much but when I moved out of my parents house and now live in my own place obviously cooking was something I had to pick up pretty quickly. I absolutely love it now though, I love finding new recipe, I usually aim to have at least 1-2 new recipes a week and then the other days I’ll cook the ones I’ve made and loved before! I also love the great british bake off – it’s one of my absolute favourite programs ❤

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

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    1. Thank you! Same, I’m always looking for new recipes and have basically memorised my favourite ones so I can have them whenever I want 😊 xx

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    1. I completely agree! Eating is always a good thing 😂 I also found it was so much easier when I was at uni to eat in rather than spend money going out x

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  3. I love cooking and baking most of the time. Especially when I get to experiment and have enough time to do it. I started when I was around 10. I made simple pasta with a sauce or a cake with fruit on top, muffins. I like to learn how to do new dishes and when I travel I always try to recreate some of the food at home.

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  4. I love cooking and I started as a kid. I grew up the second of ten, so cooking was an essential part of growing up.

    Now as a dad I get to share the tastes I love with my family!

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    1. That’s so good! My dad always gives me cooking advice and he’s the first person I go to when I have a cooking related question 😊

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  5. I too was a little long in getting into cooking. I’ve just recently began cooking more and it does unleash a certain creativity! Not all my creations turn out very well haha, but I suspect I will only get better. Great post!

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    1. Agreed! I wouldn’t be able to cook for many people, too much pressure. Plus complicated meals take the fun out of it, simple is always best 😊

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  6. I used to love cooking but then due to dietary restrictions I fell slowly out of love, but now I’m finding my way back. 🍲
    Thanks, this really made me think. Dropped by from #BloggerBeesRT and so glad I did. 🙂
    Hope this week treats you kindly. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! Happy to hear you’re finding your way back into it again, you’ll get there 😊 thanks for commenting x

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  7. Haha, I can completely relate to the fact that cook books are more fascinating than cooking. I’ve got soooo many cook books in my shelf but never actually cooked anything from it. But lately I really got into it again 🙂

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    1. They’re so good, feels like I’m starting my own collection! They’re great to get inspiration from though, glad to hear you’re getting into it again 😊

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  8. I have always loved baking brownie, cakes, and cookies but cooking full meals for myself was something I really had to learn when I moved out on my own. I love making new meals and figuring out what I could do better next time I cook it.

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    1. My meals always change each time I make them! I don’t get to bake much but when I do it’s always brownies or cookies- can’t do them all the time or it would be all I ever ate 😊 x

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