There are plenty of people out there who like cooking. But, overall, the public’s relationship with spending time in the kitchen is something like “it’s just something that I have to do.” It would be nice if we could have a professional cook to prepare all our meals for us, sure, but most of us don’t have that type of cash. So if you have to make some food, then it’s worthwhile finding a way to enjoy it!
In this blog, we’ll show you how to do just that. It’s possible that, once you’ve applied our tips, you might just look forward to getting in the kitchen.
Have a Nice Place To Do It
You won’t enjoy cooking if you don’t enjoy being in your kitchen. We naturally shy away from spending time in places that we don’t like, after all. As such, if this is your current experience, then it’s recommended that you invest in making your kitchen a pleasant place to be. This could take various forms. For instance, you might just decide to change the lighting or invest in some storage to make the room feel less cluttered. Alternatively, you may make wholesale changes and change the entire decor of your kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you do, exactly, providing that you like being in the room once you’ve finished.
Learn the Basics
It’s not enjoyable to do anything if you don’t know how to do it! If you’re spending time cooking, then you’ll find that it’s much more enjoyable if you have a sense of how to do it correctly. If you don’t, then you’ll constantly be second-guessing yourself. If you know the basics
of how to put ingredients together, then you’ll be able to play around and have fun with it.
Cooking by yourself can be enjoyable, but it’s also worthwhile looking at cooking as a group from time to time. It’s a great way to spend time with your friends and family, plus it’ll allow you to make those dishes that can be a lot of work when you make them by yourself but easy when you make them with others. Dishes like fried wontons and sushi can be time-consuming to make when it’s just you; grab your family and friends, and you’ll be able to make a mountain of food in next to no time! Plus, this can be a great way to introduce your kids to the world of cooking.
Handle the Annoying Parts
You won’t enjoy cooking anywhere near as much if you’re spending too much time on the annoying aspects of cooking. By far, the most frustrating element is having to handle all the washing up. It can sometimes feel like that takes up more time than the cooking and eating part! There are things you can do to make it more manageable, however. One solution is to clean as you go along; this will help to prevent a massive pileup of dishes. It’s pretty easy to wash a few dishes while you’re waiting for the water to boil and stuff. Also: we mentioned group cooking. Well, how about group cleaning? Everyone who ate can pitch in to wash the dishes!
Play Some Music
You can push yourself well in the direction of having fun by, well, creating a fun environment. And how can you do that? By investing in a sound system for your kitchen, of course! Or a portable speaker will do if you don’t want to push the boat out too far. There’s something a lot of fun about loading up your favorite songs, opening a bottle of wine, and dancing around the kitchen as you cook. If you can create this type of environment, then you’ll begin to see cooking as a time when you can really unwind and have a bit of fun. And once you’ve done that, you’ll very much have “the cooking bug.”
Make it Worthwhile
Finally, remember to spend the time to really enjoy the meal that you’ve made. All too often, people go to great lengths to make a dish and then just eat it within a few minutes while they’re watching television. It’ll be much nicer if you can sit down with your loved ones at the dining table and have deep conversations. There’s merit in cooking meals at home and a lot of merit in honoring dinner time by using it as a time to bring the whole family together. It’ll become a time that strengthens the bonds.
This is a collaborative post.