Falling in-love with cooking

Do you believe in a quote that “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? –Jerome K. Jerome– It means that cooking good food for a man is the best way to catch his affection. If you would ask me, I absolutely agree with those lines and I believe it can also apply to our children.

In the Philippines, it is part of the culture for women to learn cooking before getting married or having a family of their own. Most parents would tell their children how valuable it can be when they become a parent too.

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Learning how to cook is one of the most important skills anyone can have. As a Mom, it’s my responsibility to provide my family with a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is something that we have to deal with every day of our lives.

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However, nowadays, most Moms are switching to become career women, the majority of them may be working in a corporate world, in a government, manufacturing companies, and many more. Due to work schedules, some may not have enough time to prepare food for their families and ended up eating out or buying take-out food instead.

When I am still working in a corporate job in Manila, I rarely cook food for myself, I would rather sleep or eat out with my office-mates and friends as a way of comforting ourselves from stressful work. Despite over-spending too much on food, I always make sure to send enough money to my Mom in the province who is taking care of my daughter.

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Fortunately, I’m now a full-time mom for more than a year to a smart and healthy 9-year-old girl. I’m truly grateful to my partner who made it happen. He’s the best partner and the best dad my daughter and I could ever have.

When I stopped working, I began to explore and discover cooking as a hobby. I started watching food blogs on Facebook and You-tube for me to get more ideas and recipes whenever I want to cook something. And that’s how it started, I have found myself falling in love with it. Since then, my daughter’s appetite for eating became more extremely amazing.

She’s not a picky eater, she loves to eat fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat, or whatever type of meal I put on the table. Aside from giving her proper vitamins, cooking is another way for me to maintain a balanced diet that is very important for the kids’ growth.

I have taken down some of the advantages of cooking to share it with everyone.

Advantages

  • Saves a lot of money: Spending too much money from eating out can hurt your budget. You may want to start saving and make cooking a habit.
  • Having Healthy and Nutritious food: You can pick the freshest or nutritious food and makes it delicious at the same time.
  • Avoid Food Poisoning: You are worry-free from harmful bacteria or germs that may cause sickness, virus, cholera, and other similar illness that can be found in contaminated food.
  • Quality time: Your loved ones will more likely to eat food you cook especially if they are involved in the process. It allows you to have quality time with the family.
  • Stress reliever: Cooking can be a stress reliever. For me, I tend to eat more whenever I am stressed out and so I cook anything I want and that would make me feel better.

If there are advantages to cooking, there are also some disadvantages along the way.

Disadvantages

  • It takes a lot of work and time.
  • You tend to eat too much food that can be resulted in gaining more weight.
  • It can be frustrating if you don’t cook it right.
  • Having a messy kitchen and having a lot of dirty dishes to be cleaned up afterward.
  • Cooking something not everyone would like that can make you feel rejected.

The disadvantages of cooking can be challenging but would always teach you to learn more. We can turn a simple dish into a special one that doesn’t require much time. You just have to be creative.

You can make a better taste next time if you didn’t do it right at first try, there’s always room for improvement. If you over-eat, make sure to get regular exercise so you would not worry about gaining some weight, you can do it while doing some household chores.

It is not easy to fulfill mom’s tasks while working at the same time. However, with proper time management and determination, it is never impossible.

Blog by: Agnes Avila

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