One of my favourite ways to unwind on a weekend is to cook up a delicious plate of food. It might be something that I used to cook during my dorm days or if i’m feeling adventurous, I might flip the pages of the cookbook and try out a new recipe. I do not love cooking, but I do like how it makes me feel when I am done in the kitchen. It’s relaxing, comforting and the reward is well-earned!
It forces you to be mindful
Cooking is one of those activities that forces you to involve all your senses. you keep an eye on the flame, hear the sizzling and crackling, smell the aroma, touch and taste of course – all contributing to give an integral experience of sensations.
This way when you’re focusing on the moment , you’re not thinking of the past or worrying about future problems. Instead you’re just in the present moment where you’re cooking to treat yourself!
It is a creative experience
An interesting thing to note is, cooking is an activity in which two people can replicate the same recipe and the taste will be different. The same person can cook a dish in multiple ways – even changing one step or an ingredient. It’s art!
Sometimes when I don’t feel like going out to buy groceries, I’ll just wear my creative chef hat and think of all the different ways to make the most out of the ingredients I do have at home. This not only saves a lot of time and money, but now I have created a new recipe. Can I call myself a chef now?
You become good at multitasking
Although cooking involves successive steps. There are times when you have to work simultaneously. For example, while you set the dough aside to rest, you start working on the side dish. Or while the potatoes are boiling, you can chop the vegetables for the gravy. This lets you multitask in an environment where you need to be accurate on your times.
You learn to appreciate food – and everyone in the food industry
It’s hard to cook! Not anyone can cook up a delicious dish that can fill you up. You become appreciative of all the chefs and the people who have open up their restaurants, your mom and grandma who has their own magic to somehow cook a dish that comforts your soul.
You become more appreciative of how it reached your table. From a seed planted by a farmer and taken care of until it matured to a crop and then harvested. The grains then distributed, processed and transported it to the supermarket. It has taken a long way!
It makes you feel loved
Doesn’t it make your day when your partner or your friend surprises you with a home-cooked meal? It makes you feel connected to them, it makes you feel loved and taken care of. It means so much to you – one of the most thoughtful gift ever.
Likewise, a one pot pasta dish that you cooked is gonna make you feel satisfied and fulfilled way better than a bowl of chipotle.
I have been cooking away this weekend and although it doesn’t sound as glamorous, it definitely forced me to think about how meaningful cooking is in our lives.
Do you enjoy cooking? Why or why not?