Cooking with love, it’s more than just the ingredients
With our fast paced modern life cooking is often something that is way down the list of priorities. We’re running around chasing after kids, working long hours and trying to get just two minutes in the evening to chill on the sofa to watch our favourite TV show. As a result, cooking is put on the back burner (excuse the pun 😜) and we resort to take-away food or ready-made meals.
We all know that a home cooked meal is better for us but we often don’t make the time to do it. Why is it so hard to motivate ourselves to cook?
Do you cook? And if you do, why do you cook?
Is it to save money? For nutritional reasons? You just love cooking? Or something else?
I cook for a few reasons. Firstly, I LOVE cooking. Secondly, I love knowing that I am fuelling my body with healthy, wholesome and nutritious food.
My love for cooking started when I was little. Mum used to have a special stool in the kitchen that I would stand on so I was able to help her prepare and cook dinner for the family. These moments together were some of my favourite, memories I will cherish forever. I loved being her little helper, shopping, mixing and seeing the food come together to form a nourishing meal. Once we cooked I would call (scream at the top of my lungs) for the rest of the family to come to the dinner where we would all sit down for a family meal. This happened most nights and it was important family time. I try to incorporate this practice into my life as an adult. There’s something so valuable about sitting down at the dinner table to eat a lovely home cooked meal with loved ones, or house mates. Sadly this is a tradition that many people/families have let slip, due to a lack of time and sadly prioritising TV dinners instead.
Home cooked meals are important and can provide a wonderful way to relax and unwind. By putting the emphasis back on cooking and using it as a tool to express creativity, gratitude and love can help us to reconnect with the cooking process. It may not happen every-night and that’s ok, but making the effort to spend more time in the kitchen is something we can all benefit from.
For me cooking is a form of moving meditation and perhaps it can be that for you too. Mindfull cooking can provide such a beautiful way to escape and wind down from the stressors of our busy lives while also providing delicious and nourishing food for you and your family.
Find your why and make the effort to spend more time in the kitchen to create nourishing meals full of love.
Modern day cooking… more than just fuel/energy for the body it is also fuel energy for the mind and spirit.