I didn’t have to learn how to cook until I got to university and even then, it would be a rare occasion and only when everything was closed. I would make the simplest food – eggs, instant noodles, rice. Whenever I tried to impress someone, I would cook my “formal meal” which consisted of goat cheese and spinach stuffed chicken breast with broccoli. I used to think a salad with anything more than lettuce and tomatoes was formal. Yes, I got made fun of all the time from friends but especially family. How did a 20 something year old girl not know how to cook properly!?
It wasn’t until my last year of university that I was really starting to crave home cooked meals. I would go home more often just to taste my mother’s cooking. I remember one time I was craving one of her dishes so bad that I went out, bought all the ingredients, then put her on speaker phone so she could direct me step-by-step how to make the meal. From then on, I would memorize the steps for 2 or 3 dishes that I craved often and make them whenever I had the time.
I didn’t enjoy cooking until I bought my first house. Let me tell you, owning a beautiful kitchen would do that to you. You just want to use it and use it well. I started baking more as well as trying out dishes from cook books. Soon after, I wouldn’t need the cook books because I learned what tastes well together. Eventually you just get the hang of it!
It took me almost 30 years to fully learn and enjoy how to cook. I wonder how long it will take you?