There is skill and art to cooking. Cooking is an exercise in experimentation based on experience. When one’s experiment is successful, sometimes the recipe is written down and shared. Not all cooks like to write down recipes, and some don’t like to share their recipes.
In the olden days you got your recipes from friends and family or from the newspaper home section or from a cookbook. Nowadays allrecipes.com has any possible recipe you could want and often has pictures and preparation videos.
The irony of having every recipe at your digital fingertips is that there are a decreasing number of individuals who are cooking from scratch. The convenience of pre-packaged meals in a time when parents are working outside of the home makes them easy to turn to. One unfortunate reality with pre-packaged foods is that the additives, most not healthy for you, come with the food. It’s a good thing that the human body is as hardy as it is. Or is it?
Getting back to cooking, I grew up in an era where the women did all of the cooking, and cook they did. There was a hot meal waiting on the table for when their men came home from work. There was at least one hot meal a day prepared, and all of the family members sat around the table to eat it. There was a great variety of foods being prepared. No vegetable was exempt. The meats ranged from animal, to cut, to ground. Grilling wasn’t much of an event back then, with just tabletop charcoal grills available.
Canning was a standard in households when I grew up. Canning days would get relatives and friends together and make large batches of tomatoes, carrots, corn, pickles, peaches, cherries, relishes, jams. There are pleasant memories of these times.
Cooking from scratch today is cheaper than fast food, restaurant dining, and pre-packaged dinners. It takes time and planning and room in your freezer to store the extra portions you should make when you take the time to cook from scratch.
I’m a good cook. Now that I live alone, I rotate my standard meals and seldom cook anything “fancy.” In the back of my mind though, I know if an occasion should arise where my cooking skills are needed, I can rise to the occasion.
Michael is the host of Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Tale Weaver. Michael says:
This week consider the notion of cooking. We have all had experiences, some good and most likely some not so good. Write your response in 500 words and link it using the linking toll below. Go where the prompt takes you and have fun.