I think I’m getting old …
I don’t remember exactly when my love for cooking started, but what I do remember is that I’ve always loved eating. And in order to eat, then I must cook. Both cooking and eating will always go together.
Today with the help of Social Media we don’t really have to think about what to cook. We can just go into google and type what we feel like eating, and we will get a recipe.
When I was still a kid, I remember my mom had cooking books and sometimes she would follow recipes from these books. Technically I am doing the same right now, but instead of going into cooking books, I will just go to Instagram or Facebook and a food video will pop up. I still own some cooking books that I use every now and then. Facebook and Instagram are my go-to pages when I am in need of something quick and not so easy sometimes. Here are some of the pages I follow on Instagram and Facebook for recipe ideas:
Now, the most important part of cooking is going grocery shopping. From my experience, not everyone likes going food shopping. To me, going to the grocery store has become more of a hobby and less of an activity. I enjoy going to the store and choosing carefully every vegetable I’m buying. It sounds a bit annoying, but I do take my time and my shopping list to the store every weekend.
I remember I liked going grocery shopping with my parents when I was little. I would go to the store with them and choose what I wanted. It didn’t bother me as a kid, I enjoyed it then and I still enjoy it now. Grocery shopping for me, other than being a necessity [because I need to buy stuff, so I can cook], it relaxes me. It makes me forget about what’s going on in my head. Cooking does the same for me too.
I think cooking and grocery shopping are good de-stressors because they require a lot of attention to detail and concentration. It does not necessarily mean that you can’t do anything else at the same time, but it does take a lot of energy and effort.
There was one day this week when I was not feeling my best. I did not want to talk to anyone, and I just wanted to come back home and go straight to bed. As soon as I got back, I realized I did not have anything in the fridge and that I had to make lunch for the next day to take to work. Without thinking too much, I started cooking and my mood changed immediately. I was smiling again and full of energy, so much that I went to bed a bit late that night. And it wasn’t because of the cooking, but because my mind was still active, even after the cooking was done.
I had the same feeling after work one day. I knew I had to get some groceries, but I really wasn’t in the mood. I pull out my shopping list from my pocket, grabbed my basket and started walking. As soon as I started looking for my food, I completely forgot about how I was feeling and was walking around the grocery store with a smile [almost]. Once I got home, I forgot that I was tired, I organized the groceries and started cooking. Cooking really is a mood changer for me. But again, you have to enjoy it because if you don’t, then, it will just put you in a bad mood and the food won’t taste as good.
I don’t cook every day, but I do cook every Sunday to have enough food for the next couple of days, at least. I write and plan my meals and based on that, I make my grocery list. Better than having to think on the spot what to cook. It really is about being organized and making the time to cook and shop.
I like eating, and so does everyone, no?
Now, let’s get to cooking.