Why I’m addicted to cooking
Told through iPhone photography. And also words.
There’s something about cooking that makes me completely addicted to it.
It’s not that I’d consider myself a fantastic cook — but I’m really good at following recipes and performing some heavy improvisation.
I also don’t think that I’m visually creative in the kitchen. If I can spend extra time making something taste 5% better or look 50% better, I’ll go for taste every time. Some of my favourite meals to cook look like utter crap!
I also don’t tend to do it as a money or timesaving venture (although it is that, at times) — my favourite lasagne can cost up to €40 for 6 decent sized portions, and takes about 3 hours of total work (maybe up to 5 once you take into account cooking time). Cheap, but still probably above what could be considered ‘Cheap Cooking’.
And while I enjoy taking photos of the process and end result, sharing them with the world (follow me on Twitter for more of that kind of thing), that’s not why I do it either. Sure, it’s nice getting great responses from people who are (or were) professional chefs, but… that’s not why I do it.
Maybe it’s because I love eating?
I mean, I definitely love eating. But spending an hour and a half making a pizza is going a little bit overboard for the amount that I enjoy eating. I could probably go to a pizzeria in town, and the full price would be similar (once you include the taxi).
I think that the reason that I enjoy cooking so much is that I find it deeply relaxing and hypnotising. I have a demanding job (which, don’t get me wrong, I love) and spend most of my free time learning (check out my post about how I took a Harvard course for free — I even got to visit campus). The last thing that most people would want to do at 7pm is start cooking a meal that they won’t get to eat until 9. But for some reason, I just love it (although I always have a frozen pizza hidden away somewhere, just in case).
And those who cook with me will attest that I am pretty exacting with how things get done. If somebody isn’t cutting something right, or stirring exactly how they should, I’ll take over. And I love it.
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