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Old 03-18-2005, 02:30 PM   #11
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I have to agree that IMHO the best way to get someone to enjoy cooking is to rear him/her in a house where people prepare meals.

When we were kids we almost never went to a restuarant, money was the issue. And when we did, it was never anything fancy (no fast food chains then, we are talking about local seafood places and Chinese).

But we saw our parents cook (primarily mom but my dad would do a yeoman's task particularly with Sunday dinner or holiday meals).

We weren't taught to cook, we learned by being allowed to help out as best we could (I think we hindered more often than helped at an early age, but we were always thanked, praised, and encouraged).

And then as kids we started to cook on our own. Nothing exotic or fancy believe me, but we could put together a meal.

And somehow cooking became fun.

How one would make it interesting in another way, I have no idea.

But I wish you well.

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Old 03-18-2005, 05:24 PM   #12
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I'm told some new homes in Northern Ireland don't have kitchens, instead there is a cupbord for a microwave! :oops: :oops: :oops:

take time to smell the roses 8-)
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Old 03-18-2005, 05:24 PM   #13
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Elf, :) When my stepson first came to live with me, I started making wonton noodle soup for him. He LOVES it, so needless to say, asked his Mom to cook it for him. *sigh* He likes hers better, but I don't blame him, since it's his Mom's soup. I don't think it's real wonton soup. I think it's canned broth with some thrown together wonton.

Mine has home made broth, wontons (ground meat, shrimp, ginger, seasonings, etc), quail eggs, bbq pork, shrimp, roasted garlic & other seasonings.
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Old 03-18-2005, 06:01 PM   #14
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I'm coming to your house htc for wonton soup!!!!! Yours sounds awesome!

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Old 03-18-2005, 06:25 PM   #15
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Here's the secret:
Grandparents and parents.
Most folks have wonderful, vivid memories of their loved ones, especially grandparents, regarding food. Unfortunately, many have passed on, and cannot share the cooking with the younger set anymore.
The solution?
Have the elderly cook with teenagers. REALLY! It could open up a new world for both of them! The elderly would look forward to having a visitor who really wanted to see them, and it would keep their minds focused. The teen would get a vast knowledge of techniques, along with countless stories. Friendships would bond.

that's my story and I'm sticking to it :)
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Old 03-20-2005, 11:27 PM   #16
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The 'reverse phsycology' worked in my situation. During my childhood, I would have loved to help out Mum in the kitchen during the school holidays. Anytime I ventured into the kitchen to ask if I could help, or take an interest in what was cooking, she always told me to get out, cause I was in the way. My Mum was very territorial in 'her' kitchen

Then I started High School, and made a complete idiot of myself, as I didn't even know how to cook potatoes and mash them. It took a lot of convincing my Mum, for me to cook dinner for the family, and this maybe happened about 5 times during my teen years. Each time, the meal was critisized.

The day I left home and moved into a flat on my own, I spent my weekends buying and reading cookbooks, trying simple things to begin with, and venturing into more exotic dishes. The girl in the flat next door was Italian, and came over one weekend and taught me how to make Lasagne!!! That was a day to remember!!!

That was about 25 years ago, and my enthusiasm for cooking hasn't waned yet. The novelty is still there for me.
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Old 03-21-2005, 12:35 AM   #17
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Aussie: Good for you for not giving in and getting discouraged. Kudos!!
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Old 03-21-2005, 12:52 AM   #18
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Absolutely I doubt there is anything you can put into a bottle that would make someone more interested in cooking. And if it's about a more healthy "us" anyway, what could possibly go in a bottle that would chemically change us to get cooking that could be labeled as healthy?

My girls love to help in the kitchen, we made mini-meatloaves last night and all 3 of them helped in some way. My Mom made all of our meals from scratch when we were kids, no money to do anything else. I remember lots of comfort food and never being hungry - though we were very poor.

Getting the kids in the kitchen at an early age is very important, these are skills that are imperative to their future, we cannot depend on having money in the future to eat out, or even depend on the restaurants feeding us things that are healthy for us. Life will continue to improve/develop no matter what we do, but we can always instill the basic good things of life into our young ones and food is a necessity. :-)
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Old 03-21-2005, 05:30 AM   #19
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Thanks for the kind words, Thier. Another motivation was probably necessity, (being on my own). I've never been overly reliant on fast food - much rather cook!!!
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:36 AM   #20
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Brother! Just wrote a reply to this and lost it somehow. But I think the main reason cooking is on a decline is that fussy eaters have gotten the upper hand. They claim some virtuous reason why they cannot eat what you've fixed, and you're stuck, not making a meal for a group of happy family or freinds, but a bunch of meals for people who aren't going to like them and would rather eat McD's. I don't think it's the cook's fault, it is the way a generation has been raised, to believe that every one of their eating whims should be met by whoever is stupid enough to get in the kitchen. Oh, yes, and the cook gets to clean up the mess, too. I look for freinds who like to eat and think helping clean up is a easy price to pay, and I haven't had children. But I look at most gatherings and it is no wonder that no one wants to cook any more.

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