Cooking – the bane of my existence

People who love to cook always amaze me.

I am good at many things in life – cooking is not one of them.  I had a husband whose biggest vice in life was eating.  He loved food – loved grocery shopping (YUK also) and eating.  I raised sons who could eat the paint off the walls as teenagers.  I cooked a LOT of food.  I always HATED IT!!!

My hubby (Chuck) never complained, and always said “if your Mother can cook it, you can eat it”.  Poor kids!  Yeah, they survived pretty well and grew up to dislike very few things.

He even bought me a VERY expensive cookware set back in  the 1970’s because he thought if I had great cookware I’d like to cook.  Obviously that didn’t work.

Interestingly, I don’t mind cleaning up the kitchen – if someone else just does the cooking.  Of course, now that I’m on my own – I get to do both (or not).  I’m waiting for them to come out with a pill one can just take in lieu of food.  Seems like it would save a great deal of time.

I do have one son who LOVES to cook and two others who are great on the grill.  My daughter is a good cook.  None of them got that gene from me.  Have DIL’s who are good cooks – one a gourmet cook.

Both my parents were good cooks, my Dad as much so as my mother – and of course Grandmothers who didn’t have any choice but were both very good.  Wish I’d have asked them if they liked it.

Up until right after the tornadoes of 2011 I had an easy to clean, smooth, ceramic electric cook top – which I loved and the rest of my family hated.

So, when it finally died I replaced it with gas and I now have a very annoying to clean gas cook top. They all love cooking on gas.

But what’s the real reason for the gas cook top you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you.  If we have another tornado and lose power for days, I can boil water on the gas cook top and make coffee in my french press 🙂

Grace & Peace,

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6 Responses to Cooking – the bane of my existence

  1. jodie filogomo says:

    What a great post to read this morning. It’s not that I don’t love to cook, but it takes a lot of time and then “poof” it’s gone. At least when I knit a sweater, it’s around for a long time. And when I put together an outfit, I can at least wear it all day!! Just sayin’
    But I have that flat top stove—I know all the “real” cooks like the gas ones, which must mean I’m a fake!!

    • Iris says:

      I know what you mean – when you knit (or cross stitch in my case) you have something to show for it that’s around for awhile.

      Cooking seems like such a waste of time to me. I do like to eat – but that’s time consuming too.

      Flat cook top – my absolutely favorite. Trust me, it’s much easier to clean than gas 🙂

      Grace & Peace, Iris

  2. Cooking is funny – it can be so divisive – I LOVE to cook…or I HATE to cook – but the thing is SOMEONE’S got to do it or we all starve to death. It’s not like painting or reading or crocheting where you get to choose. I don’t like crocheting so I’m just not going to do it. But cooking? To an extent I really don’t have a choice. I need to eat so I need to cook. I know I could buy already prepared meals or always eat out, but while that thought is appealing, it would be prohibitively expensive.

    I’m right down the middle of the road on this one. I love to cook FOR someone. Preparing a meal or favorite food item for a loved one who truly appreciates your effort and visibly enjoys eating what you’ve made for them is like a gift. For both of you. But just cooking for myself? A pain in the butt. And then having to clean up afterward?? UNBEARABLE.

    What saves me is cooking a lot at one time…and then just having to reheat for the rest of the week. On Sunday or Monday night I roast 8 chicken thighs (that fills up my largest baking dish) doused in soy sauce, then I have two pieces each night for dinner – I usually go out to dinner with friends one night a week, so DONE. Or a pound of spaghetti with a substantial sauce. Or a big pot of chili or hearty soup. So the one “cook” will last me most of the week.

    Now if I just had a dishwasher….


    • Iris says:

      I’d also love to buy the already prepared meals – way too expensive for me.

      I’ve thought of cooking a lot at one time – it’s really easier if I can just get myself to do it. It’s difficult to even buy stuff for one person. I did make a big pot of bean soup (can’t do that for just one person) and froze a number of meals. It was really nice to just pop it out of the freezer in the morning and have dinner that night. Okay, I’m seriously going to try to start doing that – you’ve inspired me.

      Grace & Peace, Iris

  3. Jacki Espino says:

    I enjoy cooking, and I would have loved a nice set of cookware. I’ve never had a really nice all matching set — but what I’d like most is a decent size kitchen. I have a mobile home dinky kitchen and that has greatly reduced the attraction I once had to cooking. When you can’t spread out — you just can’t enjoy yourself. But I will say having the right appliances has helped — love cooking in my instant pot and my huge toaster oven. Makes it a lot easier to find the energy to cook sometimes. And I do love my gas cooktop — I’d hate to go back to electric at my age.

    • Iris says:

      Jacki – what’s an “instant pot”? I do have a toaster oven (really small) that I use more than my regular electric oven. Still dislike the gas cooktop, but then I don’t use it very often. I’ve thought of getting one of those little single burner smooth tops I see in the tiny houses on HGTV.

      Grace & Peace, Iris

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