Some people eat to live, and others, live to eat, and for some, it’s kind of a mixed bag. However, since the beginning of humans, we’ve needed to eat to survive and thrive. To quote Virginia Woolf: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” #5 in my “Things to Be Happy About” series is...food glorious food (and cooking).
The days of enjoying a good meal at a restaurant are over (for now) but you don’t have to go out to “dine well.” Even someone like me, who (I admit) prefers “quick & easy” for dinner, has started to appreciate a great meal I can make at home.
A Family of Great Cooks:
I come from a family of great cooks. My grandmother made amazing ethnic dinners every night from soup to nuts. My mother cooked for her elegant dinner parties and later in life truly became a gourmet cook. I still have a huge file of recipes she clipped for future reference that I’ll probably never make.
My twin sister could whip up a delicious dinner party and make it seem effortless, even fun. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the great cook gene.
When we first met, one of the things I really liked about my husband was that he liked to cook. When I cooked, I tried to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible.
Things Have Changed:
All of this has changed with Covid19 and quarantine at home, and the invention of the Multi-Cooker. Even though it might not be an easy time to get all the ingredients you need (but thank you online shopping), creating “food glorious good” and home cooking is my new hobby.
Our neighborhood restaurants have literally all closed, and it’s challenging to get any kind of delivery, so cooking is something we can do at home. Actually, we must do it if we want to eat. However, i’m finding new challenges and that keeps every day more interesting
Food Glorious Food!
Eating a great meal is a way to keep your health and your spirits up. I feel for the Americans who can’t get out to shop, or who can’t afford a decent meal. I feel grateful that even if it’s a challenge to shop (no thanks to hoarders of certain things) I am able to do it.
Food Glorious food
We’re anxious to try it
Three banquets a day
Our favorite diet
Just picture a great big steak
Fried, roasted, or stewed
Oh food! magical food! wonderful
food! marvelous food!
From “Food Glorious Food” Broadway Show Oliver
Not everything I’ve tried to cook in the last month has been a huge success. But I am enjoying learning how to do it better even though my cooking confidence has been challenged quite a bit.
My cherry jello mold didn’t gel quite right, my first soup was watery. My first attempt at rice pudding was…meh!
But then there are successes. The multi-cookers (I made the same recipe in both the Zavor America and the Mealthy pots) were delicious, and so fast I could hardly believe it! Ditto soups that usually take an hour or more on the stove but cook up perfectly in the Multi-cookers.
I’m also getting a lot of use out of my non-stick wok. Stir fry has endless and healthy varieties!
Tools of the Trade:
Like any sport or hobby, good tools and equipment help make the task easier and successful. I’ve come to really appreciate cooking tools, whether it’s something as simple as a good whisk, a fondue pot for comfort food, or an all-out sophisticated electronic multi-cooker (*watch for reviews of multi-cookers from Zavor and Mealthy coming soon).
Having the right tool for the job (as bluesman Guitar Shorty Sings, although he wasn’t talking about cooking tools) is important.
Some of my new favorites really don’t cost very much but make a difference, such as a A multi-tasking hand blend, a great knife sharpener, a colorful knife set with something for every task, a great garlic press, multi-tasking pots and pans. If you can afford a few new cooking tools (see our cooking tools stories on advicesisters.com) you can purchase all of these, online.
Food is not just sustaining us, cooking and eating can also bring us together and bring happiness. Food rocks!