Why You Get Bored When Cooking and What to Do About It
Why You Get Bored When Cooking Most of us have some kind of cooking routine. We have a few recipes that we know we can make to perfection. So we always make sure that we have the ingredients for...
Most of us have some kind of cooking routine. We have a few recipes that we know we can make to perfection. So we always make sure that we have the ingredients for those recipes and we keep alternating them throughout the week. Your week might look something like this:
Sunday: Vegetarian Chili
Tuesday: Mini Pizzas
Wednesday: Chicken, Veggies and Rice
Thursday: Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwiches
Friday: Tilapia, Veggies and Rice
Saturday: Go out to dinner
And once Saturday has come and gone, you might revert to the same menu, with very little variation from Sunday through Friday. So it's quite obvious why you get bored when cooking; it's because you've fallen into a rut. Here are a few ideas to help you get out of it:
- Get Recipes. It’s very easy to look up recipes for things that you like on the internet. However, when you sit down to get these recipes, you may not remember the names of the dishes that you had liked. Instead, why not make a note of these dishes when you actually eat them? If you go out to a restaurant and find a dish you really like, send yourself a text message with the name of the dish and look it up later. Print it out even before you think about making it and put it in a folder. That way, you’ll have a whole folder of dishes ready the next time you think about experimenting.
- Ask Friends and Family. Another great way to get new recipes is by asking friends and family. If you go to a friend’s house for dinner and you love what they make, tell them to give you the recipe. They can either explain it to you right then or email it to you later. If you go to your parents’ place for Thanksgiving and your mom makes a mean turkey, ask her for the recipe. If you have any childhood dishes you love, you can ask her for those recipes too. Most moms will love the attention! Plus, they’ll stop bothering you to start eating home-cooked food because they’ll see that you’re actually cooking.
- Buy New Ingredients. Sometimes, it can be fun to experiment with a new ingredient in your cooking. You can buy a bunch of mint leaves and look up various recipes that you can use them in. According to this article from The Kitchn, you can use mint in drinks such as mojitos, juleps and gimlets as well as salads and rice. They also provide recipes such as Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and Vegetable and Mint Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce. So keep your eyes open the next time you go to the supermarket and buy something that you’ve never bought before. It can be a vegetable, a fruit, a spice etc. If it looks interesting and you’re wondering what it’s used for, then buy it. You can look up the recipes later.
- Cook Together. Another great way to avoid boredom in the kitchen is by getting people to cook with you. Why do you need to do everything yourself? Get your spouse, children or friends involved in cooking and make it a social activity. Call up your best friend and tell him or her to come over with the ingredients missing from the recipe you want to try. In the meantime, you can get the remaining ingredients ready and open a bottle of wine. Listen to some music while you’re cooking. Get some recipe ideas from your friends as well. It doesn’t matter whether the dish turns out to be perfect, as long as you had a good time making it.
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