People tell me that if they could “just learn how to make a few meals,” they’d be so much happier. It surprises me how many people can’t cook. Our culture has become so food savvy that I take it for granted many folks don’t even have a good salad in their arsenal.
But I’m not here to judge. I’m here to ask the people who DO cook, to teach their friends what they know. And those who DON’T cook, to ask their friends to teach them.
It’s a good idea on many levels. It spreads knowledge. It gives you something to do together. It means your friend who couldn’t cook, will now invite you over for dinner.
I’ve offered to do this for many friends. We’ll sit and talk about what they want to learn: how to read recipes, meal planning. Then we’ll do the fun part – make a list of their favourite dishes and ingredients. I’ll take this info home with me and create a lesson plan. Next, we’ll meet at the grocer’s, pick up what we need, then head to a kitchen and get cracking (or mincing, emulsifying, poaching…).
The best part of all this: I get to do Julia Child impressions when I teach. Whether it’s appreciated or not.