If you ask a group of people if they love to sit down to a home cooked meal; then ask them whether or not they like to cook. The chances are good that you got a very positive response to the first question, but the second question drew a yes or two, a few maybe’s, and several groans. Cooking doesn’t have to be something that you rank right up there with root canal; cooking can, and should be, fun. Making a home cooked meal for your family not only saves you money, but you will know exactly what is going into your body.
One way to make cooking fun is to get someone else involved. Have your kids help out with small tasks that they can handle or invite a friend over to try out a new recipe. Even if the recipe is a flop, it’s always easier to laugh at yourself when someone is laughing with you. Not every recipe that you try will come out perfect, but as you gain experience and confidence you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many will. Getting your children involved with the cooking will give you both a lifetime of memories and if they like to cook while they’re young it is a love that they will carry over into their adult lives.
Planting a small garden is another way to make cooking more enjoyable. It needn’t be anything extravagant, a few tomatoes and some herbs are all you really need to start with. If you don’t have room for even a small garden, give container gardening a try. Most herbs grow very well in containers and there are several varieties of tomato that are geared specifically towards container gardening. It’s a great way to get the kids involved as well, even a picky eater will be more likely to try a vegetable that they’ve helped to grow. You can purchase fresh herbs at the grocery store, but there is something incredibly satisfying about preparing a meal with ingredients that you’ve grown yourself.
Anyone who loves to cook will tell you that it’s all about creativity. Don’t be afraid to try new things or new combinations and experiment with those you have. Take a cooking class if you’re nervous about trying things on your own; meeting new people who share a similar interest is always a great way to start something new.
Above all, keep it simple. No one will expect you to be a Cordon Bleu chef and if you try things that are too complicated right at first, you may end up frustrated and unwilling to continue.