I’ll be honest – as someone who loves cooking and tries very hard to be an advocate of cooking at home, it took me a while to build the habit.
Back in Malaysia, it was a matter of convenience. My husband and I worked full-time jobs, we barely ever cooked at home as we could always get dinner sorted out for under RM20. When we moved to London, we never ran out of options for takeout, but groceries were cheaper so I started cooking more often. And then we moved to to this little city in The Netherlands that has no Deliveroo or UberEATS (yet).
I lost all will to start looking for new local favourites shortly after and started cooking 5 to 6 times a week. I still whine about how figuring out what to make for dinner is “SO ANNOYING, UGH” sometimes, but I power through anyway because I do find joy in knowing exactly what goes in to the food I serve on the table at home.
I could go on and on about why you should start cooking at home. Or you could just watch this cute little video by The RSA, starring Michael Pollan before I tell you how to start cooking:
Face your fear of cooking
A lot of times, we see cooking as a fetishised art form that only a few can fully master – but it’s not. Cooking is a survival skill that everybody can and should learn. So take a deep breath, mise en place your ingredients, and keep in mind that you are a fully capable human being who has got this.
Start with something you love eating
It doesn’t have to be something elaborate like a roast. It could be something simple like an omelette or a grilled cheese sandwich. As long as it’s something you can see yourself eating, I encourage you to try your hand at making it. But if you’re ever into making steaks at home and don’t know where to start, start with this video of Gordon Ramsay:
Stop stressing out and have fun
Seriously, stop worrying about how it might or might not look like how it does in the recipe photos. As long as it tastes good to you, it doesn’t matter. So get your recipe, mise en place (I know I’ve said this twice, but that’s how important doing this is) your ingredients, pour yourself a drink (if that’s your thing), and have fun. Here, have this playlist I curated for when I need some motivation in the kitchen: