I live in a household where we have our jobs...the dad brings home the bacon, the mom cooks, and we teenagers do what we're told (most of the time...). But in terms of foods, we've always been in a box. Don't get me wrong, my mother knows how to cook traditional Puerto Rican dishes that are EXCELLENT. But those dishes, along with fast foods, fried foods, etc. are done over and over again in our house...Whenever I flip the tube to the food channel, I feel like we're in the dark in terms of the variety of food that we could be eating. Because of this limited scope, I have always been a picky eater when it comes to trying new things (or maybe the other way around?). But, secretly (or not), I have wanted to seriously start cooking and branching out into new foods (hence the name: ClosetChef).
My parents have noticed that I have started helping my mother when she cooks dinner more often (making the fries and keeping the food from burning). My father doesn't think that it is important for men to learn how to cook. He's even said that I should just find a woman who will cook for me
Why do I want to learn how to cook you ask? Recently, I have discovered that my nutrition, because of my limited scope of foods, is greatly subpar. Also, I recently found out that French Fries and other Fried Foods have been linked to cancer and other health problems as well. On a recent trip to a Japanese Restaurant with my family (one of the few times when we have broken out of the food box), the entree to our meal was a soup with Shiitake mushroom slices. I couldn't believe how tasty it was! Until that point, I had never had mushrooms before! I was ecstatic to learn that my brother didn't want his (he didn't even try it), and I ate his Shiitake soup too! When I ate at subway yesterday (and inadvertantly topped it with everything) I actually liked the vegetables on sauces on it! (I didn't think I liked vegetables!). These reasons, on top of watching the food channel and seeing some of the creations of talented chefs are why I want to learn how to cook and branch into new foods.
I start working this week, and eventually, I will probably buy a mini-fridge for my room to keep my secret nutritional foods. I also plan on buying a juicer, new pots and pans (all of my mother's pans are years old, scratched, warped, and flaky, which can't be good
), and maybe one of those all-purpose cookers you see on the late-night ads...
If you have read this far, you read too much! Seriously though, all future input will greatly be appreciated. I have read some posts here, and it is obvious that most of you are very talented cooks! Hopefully, I can learn from you cooks on these forums, and break out of my food shell! (I have recently started considering taking chef's classes on the side when I go to college next year...)