Sometimes I think I was born at the wrong time, as today’s society is too much directed towards easy cooking. People today do not have enough patience and time to dedicate themselves to cooking; eating has become a task to complete rather than a pleasure. Take-out, eat-out, food delivery… we are in the infernal cycle of convenient food.
But what many do not know is that cooking is an incredible hobby! It has a lot of health benefits, and on top of that you get to enjoy good, healthy food, what do you want more? In this article, I will explain the main benefits of adopting cooking as a hobby…
1. Unleash Your Creativity
I have an egg, some cheese, and olives… what can I do? Oh yes, an omelet. When you learn how to cook, you will notice a change in your sense of creativity. You will learn new recipes and adapt them according to your liking and what you have at home, so, the ‘what’s for dinner?’ won’t be a problem anymore. You will be able to concoct something with what you have in the fridge.
2. A Healthier Diet?
This one depends; you can cook unhealthy meals at home, but the best thing about home cooking is that you get to choose what goes into the meal. When you buy prepared food, it tastes delicious but let me tell you that these are full of sodium, monosodium glutamate, and other ingredients that can be harmful to your health when consumed in large quantities.
If you want to restrict or diminish some products, you can do so when you cook for yourself. In addition to that, some restaurants or fast food do not go for the safest or cleanest food product, so you may want to choose fresh ingredients for your preparation, your food will taste a lot better.
3. Explore Cultures
Do you want to travel to Mexico, Japan, or Portugal? With cooking, you get to explore wherever you want without leaving your house. On top of that, you may find your next favorite meals during your trials, and you may also want to plan a new trip to these places to go on a food trip.
Compared to reading or playing music, cooking is very versatile. You can do so while listening to music or watching a film. There is no right way of doing it (do not burn your house down), and it is not strict; you may fail once or twice, but you will get it right with practice.
If you are a business type of person, you may even try to start your own food business and create a source of income out of your habit.
5. Food Allows Us To Bond
Have you heard that food brings people together? If you love bringing people together, I guess that cooking is already one of your favorite hobbies. Either at a picnic or for brunch at your place, you will be able to gather your loved ones and serve them your favorite food.
You will have a feeling of satisfaction when you see their faces light up at the taste of your food and when you will receive compliments.
Cooking can be a relaxing experience; nothing else around you matters when you are in your kitchen and concentrate on your cooking. It is a good technique for those who suffer from stress. I love eating hot soups whenever I am sad; it feels so comforting. You can find your comfort food too, and whenever you feel sad, cook yourself your favorite meal to boost your dopamine.
Next time your feel hungry, close that food delivery app and put that phone away; see what you have in the fridge try experiencing new flavors and new dishes; you will be shocked at the culinary potential that you may have… Let us know in the comments if you love cooking.