What a brilliant little thread. I was only talking to my 24 yr old the other day about it... She is an amazing cook (stood on a chair next to me when I cooked when she was two... on the other side of the bench... refused to let kids inthe kitchen proper tilthey were over 5... barricades and stuff). All my girls are good cooks.
A parents job is to raise an adult. I have a g/f who's 14 yr old can't butter a slice of bread! Having siad that; both my parents were cooks; Dad from the army and navy and Mum from out west for shearers teams... then they went and had 12 kids, 11 to raise and so they tended to cook in ENORMOUS amounts; they also had a hard life as kids so let us kids have an easy time chore wise... so I left home unable to cook.
Though through constant lecturing each and every one of us KNOWS the rules of hygiene in a kitchen to the miniscule point.
So I was telling my oldest daughter that we had a few young ones on here doing for themselves and how they might like a "How to not starve" guide. SHE suggested teaching hygiene as a prerequisite. Good idea.
Yesterday my teen (who has cooked me lovely meals before... and who has completed two years of cooking at high school in a restaurant line kitchen.... asked me "How do I know when to put the pasta in the water" ?????? Heres the rub... in school, they put the pot on and did other things in preparation then were instructed to put the pasta in the pot (now boiling).
Simple basic things huh.
My youngest, because of her disabilites, went to a SEDU (Special Ed) school the two years of her school and every day they were taught basic cooking. Did you know a child (a "regular" "Normal" child) should be capable of making a sandwich and getting a glass of milk at age 3?
mC.... you are on your way to a treasuretrove of wonderment when you start learning to love cooking. Your last recipe? Laughed til my sides split
(take a cup... I used a DW one one Sjoerd gave me.... let the corn and peas get to know each other)
I would buy your cookbooks!
I have "meals that can be made in five minutes" "meals I slave over just because we love them" "instant meals that just appear" and of course we love salads alot here and we eat so much asian food that takes time to prepare but a few minutes to cook... not bad living here, we get exposed to most foods from around the world on a daily basis.
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