Food for Thought

3 reasons why you should learn how to cook

Although I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook, I never considered it to be an important skill and hence I never committed enough time to cooking properly. In two years, we’ll be living without much support at university; if you want a home-cooked meal, you have to make it yourself. Moreover, it’s a skill you will have to learn at some point; you can not rely on restaurants and fast-food chains forever.

So, this year I’m learning how to cook (properly)!

I am launching an informal cooking club, along with my friend Cedric, where fellow boarders would get together and cook dinner as a group. Even if our cooking skills don’t improve, we’ll still grow closer as a group.

Without further ado, here are 3 reasons to cook:

Health

Unless you’re eating a home-cooked meal, chances are the food you get contains high levels of salt, oil, and fat — and not the good kind. When you prepare your food, you are in control. You know exactly what is going into your food, and so can easily track and regulate what you’re consuming on a day-to-day basis. You get to choose how much sugar, spice, and everything nice you put in the pot. Additionally, since you can easily dish out a nutritious snack, you won’t regularly rely on potato chips, cookies, or other similar unhealthy snacks to satiate your hunger.

Some examples of the healthy food we might make:

  • Shish Kebabs
  • Maple salmon
  • Chicken Kaeng Khae
  • Fajitas
  • Spinach and Feta Pita bake
  • A whole variety of salads

At cooking club we plan to cook from different cuisines each session. This way we’ll be able to discover the different cultures that influenced each cuisine, while also learning new methods of preparation!

Independence

In a couple of years, many of us will head off to university. Thrust into a world without much support, we will have to do everything ourselves. We will, undoubtedly, be busy in exploring new interests, trying new activities, and learning new things. The last thing we’ll want to worry about in your schedule is food!

Since you eat food every day, it is only appropriate that you learn how to make it, especially if you live alone. Moreover, if you can make your own food, you won’t have to rely on anyone else to make food for you. Cooking will give you more freedom and flexibility to fit into your already busy schedule. Plus you don’t have to rely on eating out to indulge your cravings, you can just make food yourself!

Resources

With the mountains of cookbooks and recipes available on the internet, all you have to do today is pick out something you would want to eat, and follow the instructions in the book or on the website. It has never been easier! At the click of a button, you can get all of the ingredients you need for the recipe delivered to your doorstep. As everything is laid out for you, you can spend more of your time customizing the recipes to suit your own taste!

Furthermore, cooking together improves teamwork — a reason why we want to include as many people as possible. The experience of cooking as a team is very different from cooking alone; it is substantially more enjoyable, but requires a lot of patience, trust, and support. We feel that these skills will be useful in other team activities — such as the B and E day and club we’re starting — whilst strengthening the collaborative ethos of our school.

Conclusion

Practice, however, is essential in every pursuit, be it driving or math without continued practice you will never become truly outstanding at it. I, for one, love food, but have often been disappointed when I try to make something as simple as a snack. I find that since I don’t cook often enough, I am very slow, and due to my lack of experience, I am unable to cook to my desired level. As a result, despite the food being edible, it often isn’t great. By practicing at the cooking club, I hope to improve the overall quality of my cooking!

This was just a list of the things that inspired us to want to improve our cooking; I hope it motivates you as much as it motivated me!

Get cooking,

Prangan