I don’t cook. Never have. My meals were provided by Mom/Army/Wife. I have other assigned duties in the household. If my wife goes before I do I’m screwed.
Things are going to get mighty expensive with Grubhub every night. When I can’t afford glue and paint maybe then I’ll learn to cook.
Ditto here Matthew- the only thing I am worse at than cooking is gardening/growing things .
Some one once told me that I couldn’t grow mold on old bread in a damp basement and they were right. I have very dim memories of trying to grow a certain kind of plant with my college roommate in the early 70’s but for some reason my memory is foggy …
Haven’t got time to watch cooking shows, too busy in the kitchen.
Seasoning and additions for minced meat sauce is “whatever that doesn’t run away fast enough in the fridge”. I call it “surprise cooking”, sometimes wife and two kids sit there with puzzled looks trying to figure out what that taste is. Their faces at the “reveal” are sometimes quite amusing to watch.
My wife has bought half a dozen cookbooks and I’m slowly working my way through the recipes.
I do all the cooking and it’s like models, just follow the instructions. I’ve made bread from scratch, doing smoking on the grill, pies, soups, stews, pretty much anything. I’ve gotten some good vegetarian cookbook recommendations from the wargaming crowd as well. The good thing is my daughter is dabbling in cooking now (since they don’t do any of that in school) and has realized it’s not too hard and cheaper. I do like my fast food and pizza also though. We’re entering soup & stew season so it’s on! Lots of leftovers and easy to make. We keep an “emergency chicken” in the freezer when colds and flu hit (ya I know, but “it can’t hurt”). I’m now exploring dog food options since the old Molly had some issues and we’ll be making treats and meals for them as well. It sucks that my kitchen is so small and not much freezer/fridge space. Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, Cowboy Ken Rollins, and America’s Test Kitchen are some of my usual shows to watch when searching for recipes or info.
Cooking is very similar to model building you can choose to follow the instructions or not. I do prefer home cooked meals as it’s generally cheaper, taste better and a healthier option. At least in the US most restaurants add a lot of salt and other fillers. Not that I am a temple of health but as we age less of that junk is not a bad thing.
Baking on the other hand typically means you have to follow the directions.
I do much of the cooking in my house along with a lot of other stuff, but I do have two boys who cut the lawn for me and anything else I need, definitely takes arm twisting though !! My wife is much better at cooking than me but we have a rule: who ever gets home first has to start chow. That’s mostly me since I get home at anywhere between 3 and 5, she’s not home til 6 regularly.
I make Taiwanese Cucumber Salad to take to work now and then. It’s a lot healthier than a Burger King lunch. There are recipes online. Seems a bit tricky to balance the salt and sugar in the recipe, at least in my experience. Jarred minced garlic is maybe better to use in my humble opinion.
On my list to cook/prepare: Mexican Spaghetti, Dalmatian Spaghetti Sauce, Prebranac, Arab Salad.
Just found this site with recipes that look to be very good. Also, the marinade is outstanding with burgers. Used it for years.
We tend to take turns in the kitchen, depending on the smell of my cooking, it’s either happy to eat, or trying it before dog gets it,
A compliment sometime comes in that it, tastes better then it smells,
when she’s fed up with my suprises, I get to do some modelling for a week.
4 pounds of pork sholder roast
1 small head of cabbage chopped
1 sweet onion chopped not fine.
2 table spoons smoke
2 table spoons salt
1 1/2 cups of water
Oven at 300 degrees
roast goes into pan fat side up
add water, smoke and salt
cover with foil bake for 7 hours
uncover, add cabbage and onions, make sure there is still some water in the pan
recover and bake an additional hour.
remove cover, serve over rice.
adjust ingredients to taste
I got a lot more recipes. It pays to have a few cookbooks in the house. I’m a single guy, so most times, I just hit Door Dash for food, or eat out of a can; but the times I feel like actually doing the whole cooking thing, I have plenty choices. Plus investing in a slow cooker and an air fryer were one of my more level-headed decisions.