Can’t cook? Need more confidence in the kitchen? Don’t worry help is at hand…
I first learned to cook at around the age of 7, helping my mum to bake cakes and make jam tarts. I discovered that I enjoyed cooking, even if it was just basic stuff, like mixing cake batter or stirring the gravy. My mum was a good cook, we always had something nice for dinner and it was always freshly made (there were very few convenience foods in the 1970s.) We nearly always had a dessert to follow our main meal. Apple pie with lashings of custard, creamy rice pudding, cake and ice cream, trifle. I’m sure that’s where I got my sweet tooth from!
Now, many years later, I still enjoy cooking and I have a passion for traditional British food – the British Isles has a rich and fascinating food history – and I also love the food of the Mediterranean. My mum was English but my dad was Maltese. I still make many of the dishes that my parents used to cook for us, like timpana (baked macaroni) and kavalli mimli mohmi (baked stuffed mackerel.) My mum’s chicken pie and her lamb stew with dumplings were like a hug on a plate. These dishes remind me of happy times, the whole family sitting around the table talking about their day and enjoying mum or dad’s cooking.
Sadly, we don’t tend to do this very much any more. Meals are eaten randomly, often at different times to fit in with work and social commitments and it’s very rarely that we all sit down and eat together.
Why Learn to Cook?
So many people now rely on takeaways and ready meals, instead of cooking meals from scratch. I have nothing against this, I like a takeaway as a treat on weekends sometimes. But too many families are relying solely on ready-made food. This is bad for their health and also their bank balance; the cost soon adds up.
With the rates of obesity – especially childhood obesity – diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and even dementia on the rise, I want to do my bit to help people to eat better and hopefully feel healthier, slimmer, and more energetic. Even if you think you’re the sort of person who could burn water, or you have no idea how to boil an egg, you can learn these skills. And learn to enjoy cooking in the process.
My aim is to get people into the kitchen and feel confident in cooking simple but delicious food, for themselves and their families. I believe that with the right guidance, anyone can learn how to cook.
My Goal for This Website
I want to introduce people to the magic of cooking. Yes – magic! There’s no other word for how a runny batter transforms into a beautifully light cake, or pale, uninteresting chunks of potato become golden, crunchy roasties. Not forgetting sticky, yeasty dough transforming into a loaf of fresh bread. There is nothing to compare with the aroma of a fresh-baked loaf, in my opinion.
I will show you how to start with the basics, gradually moving on to more complex dishes as you gain skills and experience. I will be with you every step of your journey! Use this site as a guide, and come back as often as you need to.
If you ever need help or have any questions, feel free to post them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the very best, and good luck in your journey!
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