I was talking to my mum the other day and she was laughing about how much I'd changed over the years and could never see me in the role I'm in now!
She said she could remember one day when I stated that cooking was easy. I was in my late teens at the time and hadn't cooked anything greater than beans on toast since being a small boy helping mum bake cakes, so I had no grounds to say it!
"Right that's it, you can both [my brother and I] cook once a week!"
She was determined not to have her sons leave home without being able to cook. So we took it in turns to cook tea, picking a different recipe each time and normally having to have our little sister show us what to do. I moaned like hell, it was the last thing I wanted to do in the evening, but I'm glad she did it!
|Roast wild duck|
|Homemade tomato soup|
Now we're both good cooks, each of us making everything we cook from scratch (my sister has been able to do this since the age of about 9) and we all have a core repertoire of recipes that we can cook from memory. We're also pretty adventurous and share new recipes between the three of us. I don't think any of us would ever consider buying a ready meal.
Now I use these skills every night when I cook tea (or dinner depending where you're from) for my wife and kids and I bake two or three times a week, I really enjoy it as well - once I've decided what to cook! My wife is also a good cook (an essential part of picking a wife I think) and food features pretty highly in our day to day lives, it's one thing we try not to skimp on and one reason we spend so much time trying to grow our own and finding ways to use it.
How did you learn to cook? What's the first recipe that you could cook from memory?