For the longest time cooking was viewed as something that was limited to a particular gender and restricted to a particular space of the house. We have come a long way since then, with many reputed and celebrity chefs being male. There are numerous concerts and benefits that support and encourage cooking despite age, race and gender. Cooking is viewed as something that brings people together. While this is all true, cooking can be used as a remedy and therapy to make you happy. Many people have begun to view the act of cooking as something that makes you feel better.
Makes You More Organized
If you are living alone, circumstances push you to live a more organized lifestyle because it would then make life much simpler and easier. When it comes to cooking your own food, you should be able to plan exactly what you want to cook and when. If not when it comes to preparing your meal you would realize that one or two vital ingredients are missing. Making a grocery list will not only make you more organized but will ensure that you have the necessary ingredients to prepare not only for a planned meal but an also for an unexpected meal.
Allows you to be Creative
Except for the set ingredients which a kitchen is supposed to contain, cooking by yourself allows you to experiment and be creative about the food you prepare by using what you have in your kitchen. Most kitchens have a few essentials such as flour, sugar and salt at hand all the time. More culinary specific kitchens would have ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, almond oil and virgin coconut oil which are considered necessary to create certain types of dishes. However, if you don’t have most of these ingredients in handy you will be able to come up with new and interesting ways of preparing food.
While coming up with different substitute ingredients are good, you should always take it upon yourself to try and prepare meals that you aren’t used to. You can look up for ingredients and types of food from different countries online and try your hand at preparing those meals. You might have to make a quick run to the grocery items to purchase certain vegetables and fruits that you don’t usually use, but most of it can be made with ingredients in your kitchen. You could use virgin coconut oil to make curries from South and East Asia and olive oil to cook Mediterranean food. This will also widen your palette to different tastes and culinary experiences.
Cook for Yourself
What you should remember though is that when you cook or prepare a meal, you should do it as something to make you feel relaxed and happy at the same time. There is no point in cooking a meal if you will be tired and stressed after it. On those days, order some take out and enjoy yourself. Make cooking something that will make you happy and satisfied, not stressed.