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Jun. 28, 2012 1:23 pm 
Updated: Jul. 2, 2012 8:41 am

I have to admit I have never really had to cook before.  Once in a while here and there, I would cook real things that could serve as a meal, but for the most part, my cooking back in the day was limited solely to things that were not necessary but rather a luxury, like desserts or some fancy, pretty appetizers. 

Cooking daily to feed myself (and often, friends) is, I am realizing, a whole different ball game.  My hands permanently smell like garlic and onion; I have to plan my gym schedule around my cooking schedule; I have actually had to touch raw meat (I was pretty squeamish before).  Of course, I could save the trouble and just live off ham and cheese sandwiches or something.  But it wouldn’t be as fun.  Or as fulfilling.  And it wouldn’t be as worthy of the ocean view I enjoy with every meal on my humble terrace (picture below).  As many of you have discovered before me, there is something very gratifying about creating a full meal, no matter how simple or elaborate, that not only provides your carbs and proteins and vitamins, but also, a certain pleasure that only a home cooked meal can give.  Call it nutrition for the body or soul (sorry for being so cheesy). 

As I am starting to make it more and more a part of my routine, I am developing more of an intuitive sense of what goes with what.  And as long as I don’t feel obliged to cook (which I know for many people is not true), it is truly enjoyable.  I throw on some good jams on Pandora, invite a friend over, and it is possibly the part of the day that I most look forward to.  J

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Jun. 28, 2012 7:51 pm
the other day I watched a ad for hamburger helper, they said it was a real family meal. I had to LOL. The art of cooking is lost with many Americans, it is all out of a box or can now days. when you create your own meals and as you say learn what goes with what it is more enjoyable than opening a dehydrated box of what was once a food product.
Jun. 29, 2012 2:09 pm
Absolutely, KingSparta. There is nothing more satisfying then making the real deal. And the gratification of knowing.. Hey I did this!! It is an art form and one sadly lost on alot of people. But those of us around here know, nothing brings more joy around then a home cooked meal.
Jun. 29, 2012 4:18 pm
It gets even more satisfying if you have your own milk cow, chickens and a grain mill! :)
Jul. 1, 2012 5:33 pm
petey I remember all the good times we had on my uncles farm. I am only allowed 2 dogs according to our county law, even though I live in the country. I wonder what would happen If I had Two dogs and a cow. We have too many rules now days.
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About Me
I am a student of economics and sociology, and one of my favorite things to study about any culture is their food and the role that food, meals and food-related practices play in daily life.
My favorite things to cook
Anything baked - and sweet things. I am recently turning very health conscious, so I have been enjoying experimenting with power smoothies lately. An all time favorite, and very versatile food to prepare, in my opinion, is eggs.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father has one specialty dish - the biryani - for which he is famous amongst family and friends. Apart from this he does not step into the kitchen. My mother, who till now refused to enter the kitchen, has found a new hobby in baking. I am said to have inherited my love for meddling in the kitchen from my grandmothers (probably both sides).
My cooking triumphs
Once stranded in a heavy thunderstorm on top of a hill (in Rio de Janeiro), with very few ingredients in the house (milk, tomatoes, onions, rice, some spices) I managed to whip up an Indian Paneer curry. People in the house were very impressed by my ability to turn milk into indian cottage cheese (as much as I would like to claim it was my talent, it really is a very simple trick).
My cooking tragedies
There have been several, many involving cakes that were burnt at the top and raw inside. Most of these occurred when I was way younger, about 10 or 11, and a lot of them can be attributed to my unwillingness to follow the temperature guidelines (or perhaps I was mistaking fahrenheit for celsius....also a possibility).
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