Welcome to my kitchen, friends…

Since I don’t really know where to begin, I’ll just begin at the beginning. The beginning is my first attempt at cooking. I was home for my first summer break from college. At school I had decided to become vegan. My mom didn’t know anything about cooking vegetarian, much less vegan, so we went to the bookstore together to pick out some vegetarian cookbooks that a friend had recommended. After browsing the recipes together, we decided that tomato sauce for spaghetti would be a good place for me to begin because I had always loved spaghetti and it seemed like a straightforward thing to cook. My mom went to work the next day and that afternoon I tackled my first cooking project totally solo. My poor mom. I was calling her every two minutes:

“Mom, what is a head of garlic and what is a clove of garlic?”

“Oh, okay, so I need to break off the cloves. Okay, bye.”

A moment later I called her again.

“Mom…this papery stuff on the garlic…Do I take that off before I chop it up?”

I got everything chopped and prepped and into the pot and then after a bit it was boiling so hard it was flinging tomato sauce everywhere. I called my mom again.

“Mom…what exactly does simmer mean?”

So you see…even a nimrod can learn how to cook. Even though it was a rather humbling experience, I was hooked. I started cooking regularly, which was wonderful for my mom, who was working very long hours at the time. She told me she really enjoyed coming home to a nice meal that she didn’t have to think about or prepare.  I experienced for the first time how gratifying it is to cook for oneself and for others.

So there you have it: my first beginning. Because there are always more beginnings…cooking is an endless adventure. Please go wash your hands and join me.

 

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13 thoughts on “Welcome to my kitchen, friends…

  1. It really is a great feeling seeing people enjoy a good meal you have taken the time to prepare with them in mind! I have always told my husband it is how I express my love – through cooking or baking. My “love” makes him gain weight sometimes, though! 🙂

  2. Great story! I am glad you bothered to ask your garlic questions! And I want your curried cauliflower soup recipe…so make that!

    • Ha! my idiocy about the garlic still makes me laugh. the devil is in the details, for sure. Okay, I’ll get working on making the cauliflower soup part of the upcoming menu. 😉 Tonight I ended up making hakka noodles with some cauliflower (not cabbage).

  3. What a great story! You’ve come a long way,
    i’ve experienced the blistering specks of sauce flying at me. Sometimes I need cooking goggles.

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