Here’s the deal:
I go out to eat way too much. I do this for 2 reasons:
- I don’t have the skills to make food for myself
- It’s easy
When I was a kid, my parents and grandparents cooked often. I had many opportunities to watch and learn, but I wasn’t interested at the time. When I eventually moved out of my family’s house and into my first apartment, I had no idea what to do with my stove. The only thing I could make at home was Cup O’ Noodles in the microwave.
But there’s more…
In my 20’s I tried to follow some recipes and make some dishes. But my kitchen still felt intimidating and unfamiliar.
From grocery shopping to cleaning up, it didn’t seem like the process was worth the time I was spending. I’d think, “It’s so much easier to buy food from a restaurant”.
This would become an on-and-off cycle for me for the next 5 years: wanting to cook > trying to cook > getting frustrated with the process > stopping for awhile > not getting better.
Don’t get me wrong – I love food (a lot). This just hasn’t translated into a love of cooking… yet.
So, here I am — in my 30’s with a renewed determination to learn. My main goal is to empower myself and not have to rely on others to satisfy my appetite. I also hope to enjoy more meals in the comfort of my own home, save some money, and make meals that my friends & family can enjoy.
OTHER POSTS IN THE 100-DAY CHALLENGE SERIES
Day 1: Intro to Me & My Goal
Day 4: “Why Learn?” and My Cooking Background
Day 7: What Should I Learn to Cook FIRST?
Day 10: Pasta + Meat Sauce (Tomato Bolognese)
Day 21: Pasta + Meat Sauce (less Tomato)
Day 28: Pasta + Meat Sauce (Beef Stroganoff)
Day 35: Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs
Day 42: Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs
Day 49: Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs (coated with flour)
Day 56: Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts
Day 63: Miso Glazed Baked Salmon
Day 70: Miso Glazed Baked Salmon II
Day 77: Miso Glazed Baked Salmon III
Day 84: Final Exam
Day 95: What’s Next?
Day 100: Final Thoughts