Food and cooking used to be about community, enjoyment, fun, exploration, adventure. But nowadays, food is really just about getting enough calories to survive and finding the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to do that. Unfortunately, that means we’re missing out on the joy of food preparation, and cooking becomes a chore we have to do every night. Below are some tips for enjoying your time in the kitchen!
Get the whole family involved!
Get the kids to mix the salad. Get your hubby to bbq some meats. Whatever works for you!
Try a new recipe each week.
This removes the mundane, repetitiveness of cooking and gives you something different to look forward to!
Don’t cook dinner every night.
Cook a big batch of something (eg. a curry, a beef and veggie soup, a roast, a stir-fry) that you can use for 2-3 nights in a row so that you’re not cooking every night. This makes it feel like less of a chore.
Level up your presentation.
Garnish your stir-fry with some sesame seeds and coriander or buy some delicious wholemeal sourdough bread from your local bakery to have with your stew.
Use a new ingredient!
Try something you’ve never tried before. Maybe it’s a unique vegetable (like a Jerusalem artichoke) or a new cut of meat (like lamb rosettes). This will keep things interesting and creative.
Create a nice kitchen environment.
Take the rubbish out, do the dishes, clean the bench and maybe put some flowers in the kitchen and some music on. Make it a place you WANT to be in.