Tips to Make Cooking a Pleasure

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Cooking is Unavoidable

Cooking is one household chore which someone likes to do it or not does not matter at all. One has to do it especially the ladies of each and every family goes through this phase. I am one who never preferred cooking but as I said being the lady of a family there is no option left.

My mind goes through confrontation every day before I enter my kitchen. The reason is that I am not fond of cooking so I always try to find out the shortest menu for the day so that there is no need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Ultimately, when I enter the kitchen to cook, the first thought which comes to my mind is to cook perfectly and properly. Due to such a thought I hardly come out of the kitchen in a very short period. Well, no regrets when I see smile on the faces of my loved ones after having a bite of their food. That does not mean that I always cook something which has a lengthy process but yes, I try not to compromise on its delicious state.

Pleasure in Cooking

It is a proven truth that whatever the emotional condition or the financial condition is, no one can avoid cooking. I am sure nobody will deny this proven truth. Thus, it is better to enjoy cooking rather than trying to make some excuses to avoid it. Now, the point is those who love cooking they are the great cooks automatically. There is another truth that if you enjoy doing something then it is quite natural it will turn out to be an extraordinary one but what about those who do not love cooking. Here, I offer some tips to those who do not love to cook but still turn out to be a really very good cook:

1. Add Your Special Touch: Cooking is an every day regime. It is quite obvious that any kind of regular work makes it monotonous especially when the same kind of stuff is being prepared repeatedly. Here, there is a need to do something different. The cook must add some innovation. That brings in a special touch. Add a little bit of innovation in the year old recipe and just see the difference. It makes a whole lot of difference not may be quite much in the dish but definitely the attitude and the mood of the cook change a lot. You can say it’s just a look which brings pleasure in cooking. It is as similar as ‘old wine in a new bottle’. For example: Bring in a minor change in flavour, garnishing or serving and witness a significant difference in the mood of those who do not love cooking.

2. Keep Your Loved Ones' Taste in Mind: Cooking in no time becomes a pleasure when a cook particularly adds some specific ingredients to suit the taste bud of the loved ones. There the cook never tries to compromise only in return wants a very warm smile. As for example I sometimes deliberately add raisins to some dishes which make my son very happy. Obviously, I take care of the fact that raisins can go well or not in a particular recipe.

3. Schedule Your Time Properly: Usually the cook who dislikes cooking mainly because of its monotonous ways must act a bit smartly. Today’s kitchen is equipped with all the modern cooking appliances. Then, simply use them in a very calculative manner. A cook before cooking needs to do all sorts of cutting, chopping, slicing, grinding, making paste of some ingredients and much more. In the free time this can be easily done and stored in an air tight container in a refrigerator. This breaks the monotony as well as at the moment of cooking there is no hurry to manage this and that. In this way the mood of the cook remains happy because of less stress and tiredness.

4. Decide Your Menu Before Hand: This is very much needed to make cooking pleasurable. If a cook is not mentally prepared about the menu then at the time of cooking the kitchen will turn out to be a battle field. Ingredients and time become a constraint. Thus, all seem to be in a mess and ultimately the experience of cooking becomes a nightmare.

5. Make a Wish: I consider it to be the most important aspect in making the cooking a pleasure. I always believe that whatever is to be done whether cooking or something else and is unavoidable then just make a wish to complete it with efficiency. The wish to cook with perfection as well as to make the family relish the food helps to put in extra zeal in cooking.

Have a happy family

The basic tips mentioned above which if followed will make cooking a pleasure. A cook by profession has a separate goal to fulfill but a cook of one’s own family has some other matters to look after along with cooking. However, those who love cooking does not get bothered. They can easily manage it along with other priorities at ease but the problem lies with the cooks who lack interest in cooking. Those who cook just for the sake of it go through a regular mind stress. My tips are for these cook and it is quite tested too with a great result because I myself have undergone this phase and the net result turned out to be fabulous.

By experiencing this I don’t mean you will become a lover of cooking as I have never become the same. The difference will be while you cook there will be no stress, dissatisfaction or disgust rather your mood will be quite nice and sweet. Your attitude will be appealing and with such a mood and attitude when you serve the food your loved ones will love it more. If possible follow the tips and experience the change in yourself while cooking and also the joy of your loved ones. I assure you cooking despite of not loving it will result into a great pleasure. This Pleasure is the Beginning of a Happy Family.

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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Hi Shampa,

While reading this hub, I felt as if you touched a chord of my heart :)

I did not like cooking and would do it for the sake of it. My MIL would come visit me and taught me stuff. I started preparing the way she used to and voila could see the smile on people's faces. Then, I realized the happiness I gave by cooking with LOVE and interest. IT comes in your cooking.

Now, I am an expert and can prepare a meal in a jiffy :))) (praising myself huh!)

But, again I make the menu of the week on Sunday and get the vegetables etc before hand. So the weekdays, I spend less time in thinking than cooking :)

Voted way way up and rated as useful, awesome, intereesting!


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shampa sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello Ruchira,

Well, where have you been? I missed your praising comments. Thanks a lot for praising this article. It is my pleasure.Everything needs a plan and wish too.

As you have said that you praised yourself, I feel it is very important as it helps to boost up self confidence and especially in this present world when usually people do not praise others. Only thing is we must remain modest along with self praising and your words signify that you are full of modesty.

Cooking is not my forte but still, whatever I cook I do it with pleasure.

Above all nice to see your photograph.


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sabrani44 4 years ago

Great hub. It was very informative and interesting. I like cooking as it is a great way to pass the time, and you can be really creative with what you make. But I like baking better! Baking usually takes less time, and the stuff always turns out good.

Voted up! Keep up the good work.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello sabrani44,

Your appreciation is my pleasure. I like baking cakes but definitely not the cleaning chore related with it.


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Shampa very nice hub and The most important ingredient of any food is love. Unless the food is prepared with love for the cooking and for those who you are cooking for it wont ever be good. Yes there are times when a person ( read a lady as in India males hardly help) is tired or if she is angry or have other problems and it would show in cooking.


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Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

Shampa this is very important hub. You are 100% right about making cooking pleasure because your mood shows in your food. Cooking done when not wanting to cook would surely not make a great tasting dish even if you put everything in it. And sweetie you are right too about the love and you are wrong about males hardly help. I am male and I love cooking. Sweetie remember best cooks in world are males.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello Sweetie1,

Sorry for being late in thanking you. Thanks a lot for the read and appreciating this hub. It is certainly true that while cooking love is the most important ingredient without it cooking cannot be pleasurable.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello Indian Chef,

Thanks, you read it. It is surely a pleasure to receive a nice comment from a person who loves to cook and offer such beautiful dishes. I agree with you that best cooks in world are males.


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful hub Shampa, What you have mentioned here is right. Enjoy what you do, and it is never a stress! Voted up !


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello livingsta,

Whatever we do needs to be loved because that gives true satisfaction and no stress builds up. Thanks for liking it and echoing my opinion.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

You nailed it shampa. These are great tips to follow. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared to my followers. Have a great week!


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello Thelma Alberts,

Your words are extremely motivating. Thanks for your appreciation, voting and sharing.


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Great information! I don't really enjoy cooking but if I have the menu planned in advance, as you suggested, it does make it easier.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

My Mother taught me to cook at a very early age. I love to cook. She didn't use recipes very much: a pinch of this and a pinch of that. I still have her old torn and tattered cookbook (wrote a Hub about that) and I still use the recipes from that book.

Good Hub with lots of good tips.

I voted this UP, etc.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great post and full of helpful tips in making cooking a fun experience. I find planning ahead to be most useful and it makes the time shorter. My mom taught me a few cooking tricks, loved the fact that she put a little thought into making it all special for everyone.


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shampa sadhya 3 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello jenbeach21,

Thanks for reading my article. It seems we both are in the same boat but I very strongly recommend you that cooking indeed becomes easier if menu is planned in advance. I do benefit from this practice. Thanks again!


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shampa sadhya 3 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello mary615,

Thanks a lot for your meaningful comment. My mother was also a very good cook but I never tried to learn because cooking was not at all my choice. Now, when cooking is a must I try to recall her cooking tips which she used to give to others. They are really helpful. Thanks again for reading and voting it up.


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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

Hello Shampa sadhya,

I love cooking, but then too many a times I get bored of it. I read your hub, you have given great tips to enjoy cooking. Great Hub!!

Voted up useful and Shared


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shampa sadhya 3 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello rumanasaiyed,

Thanks a lot for appreciating this article. I wrote this one simply on the basis of my experience. I used to and still try to maintain a distance from cooking but it is always a futile attempt when you are in a family. Natually, I try to find out some pleasure in cooking and ultimately I invest my time in it. At the end it turns out to be a matter of joy. Thanks again.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, as you say when we love what we do the results are excellent. When we cook with love the dish comes out perfect. Voted up. Great tips on making the whole cooking experience enjoyable.


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shampa sadhya 3 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA Author

Hello Vellur,

Thanks a lot for appreciating the article and my sentiment. Indeed, love makes everything perfect even cooking.

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