Here are five reasons you should make time to cook:
1) Cooking is a great way to connect with family and friends. I think it's important to share ideas and experiences about food with people (hence the blog) and the best way to do this is to cook for them. They will also be very appreciative!
2) Cooking is therapeutic. Even in the busiest household, cooking is a time where you can be mindful and focus on producing something. When I need to switch off from a stressful activity, cooking allows me to do this in a productive way (rather than staring at my phone).
3) Cooking your own food makes you more aware of what you're eating, which is great if you are trying to eat healthily.
4) Cooking allows you to be creative. As a pesketarian I often end up eating different meals from my family or variations on the food they are eating. Often at short notice I end up creating something new from the store-cupboard ingredients, and whether the meal is a disaster or a triumph, the experience is valuable.
5) Cooking allows you to discover new ingredients and new cultures. I think one of the amazing things about travelling is discovering new dishes and ingredients and due to the range of stock easily available today you can recreate this experience in your own kitchen. And without paying for flights!
I hope this has inspired you to make a home cooked meal. It doesn't matter if it's once a month or three times a day, the act of cooking is valuable for all the reasons above. I also think it's addictive so if you give it a go you may get hooked. For advice on how to make up a recipe as you go along, read my post on How To Improvise In The Kitchen.
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