- January 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm #337815mosParticipant
This is an article that I came across on luminosity.com. I found it interesting as I’ve never thought of cooking as a hobby. Those of you that know me know that I love to cook and create new recipes or adapt some to more inexpensive or convenient ways of preparation (I do know that not everyone likes to cook), or improve traditional recipes. My personal goal with sharing what I do is to make things easier for those that don’t have the passion for cooking and/or to generate the confidence to experiment with ingredients to make the recipe their own — perhaps to be handed down, generation to generation. All that I learned as a child growing up in a wonderful, diverse cultural neighborhood brought me to this point and I am thankful that I was able to experience so much. I hope that ya’ll find the following article as interesting as I did.
“If you cannot afford the luxury of eating out everyday, then cooking becomes a daily chore. However, there are some people who thoroughly enjoy cooking. Although, cooking rarely features on our list of hobby ideas, these people are so obsessed with cooking that they start treating it as a hobby. So, is cooking really a hobby? Hobby is any activity which comes as a pleasant variation from your usual work and which allows you to unwind. Going by that definition, cooking is indeed a hobby.
Benefits of Cooking:
Most of us are reluctant cooks. We cook because we have to. How many of us really put our heart into what we are cooking? Very few. However, if you take cooking as a hobby, you will look at it as a way to unwind yourself. The difference between great chefs and us, reluctant cooks, is only that of attitude. If we look at it as a chore, we can never hope to become a good cook. You anyway have to cook, so why not give it the best shot? Instead of doing it halfheartedly why not put your heart and soul into it? People who enjoy cooking often say that when they are cooking they forget all their worries. The reacting ingredients, the delicious aroma of cooked food can all transport you to a different world altogether. Since, cooking requires immense concentration, your mind is only focused on your recipe and nothing else. The satisfaction that you derive from cooking food to perfection is simply immeasurable. Even if you don’t, you can always engage yourself in improvising or perfecting your recipes.
You need not be an accomplished cook to pursue this hobby. In fact the more inexperienced you are, the better. You will have a lot of things to learn as you go on exploring the culinary world. Cookbooks, magazines can be of great help for beginners. However, if you have never boiled an egg in your life, then this may not be the best choice for you, as some books assume that you know at least the basics of cooking. Just like every other hobby in the world, cooking may develop into an addiction. As you go on garnering praise for your recipes, you will get an adrenaline rush to try out more recipes. Even when you fail, you will keep yourself busy by identifying what went wrong with your recipe. Cooking is something which gets better with time. Every time you cook, you reach new levels of perfection with your recipe. You can also learn several permutations and combinations in the kitchen, which go into the making of delectable food. The joy of exploring newer cuisines and perfecting them is unmatchable.
Cooking as a Money Making Hobby:
Did you ever think of cooking as a hobby that makes money? Probably not. The truth is however that, you can quickly turn your hobby into a money making venture. Cooking can be one of the best hobbies for women, especially stay at home moms. Before venturing into a full-fledged catering business, you can start it at a much smaller level. Ask a friendly shopkeeper, if you can keep some of your food samples for sale at his grocery store. Depending upon the quality of your food item, you can get a good response. You can offer a part of profit to the shopkeeper. You can also open a kiosk and sell muffins, sandwiches or whatever is your specialty item. Besides, you can also start a small catering service from your home. You can supply food to small family functions or corporate parties. Another idea of turning cooking into a money making business is by starting your own cooking classes. What more, you can even write your own book or ebook on cooking.
Thus, cooking as a hobby has numerous benefits, from offering peace of mind to earning you a few extra bucks. So, don your chefs hat and get ready to explore the miracles in your kitchen!”
- February 17, 2014 at 6:02 am #451060
Great article mos… I love it. I love cooking too, but not just for me, as I’m alone. But have someone come to my house? And they can count on having food to eat when they get their. Then I really cut loose and cook a bunch, lol… Love it. ♥
- February 17, 2014 at 11:49 pm #451096mosParticipant
mawma7, I am a single too! However, I continue to cook as if I had a family…it’s more economical! LOL! Cooking this way allows me to prepare ‘portions’ to the freezer for lunches/dinner. I’m glad that you enjoyed the article, but I still think of cooking as a way of life not a hobby. The “behaviorists’ would probably disagree, but bottom line — if I didn’t enjoy it, I would find a way around it! LOL! …probably preparing short cuts using processed foods and I’m not about to go down that road!
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