I’ve been planning to learn cooking for several summers and guess how it went so far. Yes. My enthusiasm got stuck right at lesson one (basically scrambled eggs). This year however, I have no other choice than to keep learning how to prepare some decent food as I am going to live in a private accommodation from October. And I definitely do not plan to survive a year on scrambled eggs.
So far, I haven’t really had to bother with cooking. When I’m home in Hungary, my mom deals with it (she’s a great cook, sadly it’s not something we have in common). Cooking wasn’t a problem last year either because I was staying in Student Halls. Even though we had a big, well-equipped kitchen in our flat, in most cases we used it only for warming up previously bought food or making tea. But that was okay, because we were provided with breakfast and dinner. I only had to manage lunch which was pretty easy since there is a café, a canteen and a food shop on campus as well.
Now, I have a list including 4-5 meals that I really need to learn how to make by the time I go back to the UK. If I cook something for the first time with some extra assistance (which is my mom), then it can’t be that bad for the second time, can it? And the problem is not only my abilities but my patience as well. It just simply doesn’t exist when it comes to cooking. Sorry for all the cooking fans out there but in my experience it’s just messy, tiring and boring. Also, annoying: many times I am already halfway through cooking when I realize that I don’t have the right ingredient at home…
To say something positive though, I have to admit that I kind of enjoy baking. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean that I’m very good at it. Sometimes my creativity overflows and I stop following the recipe and start to create something based on my own ideas. And then of course I wonder why my finished cake doesn’t look as nice as it did in the pictures, or in my mind… But after all, baking is not going to be the first priority whilst living in a private accommodation. Cooking is.
This summer, my surviving instincts enhance my motivation to indeed learn to cook properly. Stay tuned to see how I manage it after moving in!