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to be annoyed by grown adults who say they can't cook?

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Mintyy Sun 18-Nov-12 14:47:25

I don't think I am.

It just makes me think that the person saying as much is a little bit useless.

InNeedOfBrandy Sun 18-Nov-12 15:47:27

I take my dc to school, go to work, vist friends and relatives and go on holiday all without driving. Ok waiting on a bus stop in the cold isn't nice but it's not a real problem. Not driving doesn't stop me doing anything.

InNeedOfBrandy Sun 18-Nov-12 15:48:03

Actually it would be better if no one drived the world would be a cleaner place.

LucieMay Sun 18-Nov-12 15:48:11

If driving was a life skill, why I do have a perfectly normal life (work, school, social activities) without being able to drive?

squoosh Sun 18-Nov-12 15:49:14

Driving is a life skill not an essential life skill.

Cooking is a life skill, not an essential life skill. Sourcing food is an essential life skill.

Everlong Sun 18-Nov-12 15:52:43

My life would be screwed if I didn't drive to a degree. Getting ds to school for just one example would be a major major pain if I didn't drive not to mention, food shopping and visiting people.

Driving makes your life easier now and when you're older too.

chummymummy Sun 18-Nov-12 15:53:22

I remember spending a lot of evenings in the kitchen with my mum n sisters wen we were younger. I hated it at the time and thought it really unfair. However I am so grateful now. I think this is true of a lot of asian families.

I am doing the same with my kids now. I see it as a life skill. like if you were dropped in the middle of a jungle would you be able to take care of yourself? I know it sounds silly but I think I would be able to kill it, cook it n eat it!

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Sun 18-Nov-12 15:56:06

What on earth is a 'grown adult'... and what the dickens does their ability to cook have to do with you, OP?

You're being ridiculous to get annoyed. Do you normally overreact to things?

InNeedOfBrandy Sun 18-Nov-12 15:58:34

Driving might make your life easier but it is not essential and is not a life skill. Your life might be more awkward not driving but it wouldn't be impossible to live without it. It is quite possible to be independent and not drive as I demonstrate every day.

diddl Sun 18-Nov-12 15:59:55

I can cook-but my God I loathe it!

Loobylou222 Sun 18-Nov-12 16:05:16

Silly me I'm just a man"

My oh cooks pretty much everything from scratch, he was taught by jus grandma, it was a part of every day life.

I hate cooking.

He Is teaching me, but I find it very boring, and he bashes me do the shut jobs like chop the chicken!
It's the timings I can't get the hang of, I always overdo chicken as I worry it won't be cooked properly.

Loobylou222 Sun 18-Nov-12 16:06:44

Wow that totally didn't make sence! He does not bash me!
He gives me the shit jobs!

BadgersBottom Sun 18-Nov-12 16:13:33

Cooking keeps me sane. I suppose I feel a bit for people who can't but nobody can do everything - and if they think they can they're fools! I can't sew or knit or making greetings card and I wouldn't expect to be negatively judged on that particular lack of talent.

carabos Sun 18-Nov-12 16:19:54

I think it's worse when people claim to be really good cooks and then turn out to be rubbish. It's a talent IMO. Yes if you can read you can follow a recipe, but there is another dimension to it I believe.

I can make tasty meals from scratch and bake but I would never describe myself as a good cook.

FromEsme Sun 18-Nov-12 16:21:43

I once really upset a friend who said "look, I have cooked dinner from scratch today" and then showed me her stir fry covered in a gelatinous jar-sauce.

Apparently "that's not from scratch" isn't a nice thing to say. I was only 19 at the time, I would just go "mm, yummy" now.

Nothing wrong with sauce from the jar I'm lying, sauce from a jar is disgusting but it's not cooking from scratch.

Trills Sun 18-Nov-12 16:28:42

Once you are an adult you can choose to learn or choose not to bother to learn. Even if your parents have taught you nothing about cooking.

BadgersBottom Sun 18-Nov-12 16:30:18

Esme - you're right. There really is nothing more disgusting than sauce from a jar and I do tend to judge people who think that's ok. It's not. A few minutes spent looking at the ingredients would tell anyone that surely?

LucieMay Sun 18-Nov-12 16:31:15

Everlong if I drove I still wouldn't drive to work because the bus is so frequent and parking as a pain, it just wouldn't be worth it. I also wouldn't bother driving him to school as the traffic gets so bad it's usually just easier to walk. So if I did have a car, it would just be sitting there at least five days a week.

Mrsjay Sun 18-Nov-12 16:37:00

I dont drive cant cook and didnt even get my swim certificate I am a complete failure in everything grin

I think making sure you and your family eat is different from getting pleasure out of cooking I really wish i did have that creative thing in me but i dont I cook so we dont starve or live off takeaways where as i have a friend who is an amazing cook and has a huge cook book collection and enjoys reading them i think it is her porn grin

BananaBubbles Sun 18-Nov-12 16:37:38

Does that apply to pasta sauce? I'm looking at the jar of sauce I use reguarly,and I can't see anything that'd make me go eew,on the ingredients list.

Tomatoes (60%),Tomato Purée ,Garlic Purée ,Parsley ,Sunflower Oil ,Sugar ,Extra Virgin Olive Oil ,Red Chilli ,Sea Salt ,Concentrated Lemon Juice ,Dried Red Chillies

I cannot imagine giving a toss about people using jars personally.

Everlong Sun 18-Nov-12 16:39:23

I'm just using myself as an example lucie for me if I didn't drive ds wouldn't be able to attend the school he does, older ds wouldn't be able to stay behind at school to do his music. Not end of the world stuff but it would be a shame.

Driving just gives me more time to do things as opposed to waiting around for buses and trains.

sarahseashell Sun 18-Nov-12 16:40:37

YABU - there are lots of jars of organic stuff/ ready made things which are healthy enough. Some people just detest cooking and are crap at it, get very flustered and stressed by it etc

squoosh Sun 18-Nov-12 16:43:04

Why do people buy jars of carbonara sauce, that baffles me. It's only egg and parmesan and a couple of other ingredients.

Mrsjay Sun 18-Nov-12 16:43:16

I tried to make my own tomato sauce for meatballs once god it was rank yet when i make bolgnaise using just about the same ingredients it tastes nice, I also cant get a cheese sauce right sometimes it works and other times it splits I have no clue what im doing wrong

FromEsme Sun 18-Nov-12 16:44:13

It's weird, isn't it squoosh ? If people can't be arsed with the faff, why not just buy a ready meal? It's the same thing.

Then, I can't drive, so maybe I'm not allowed an opinion.

TheSmallPrint Sun 18-Nov-12 16:44:23

I can't cook. What I mean by that is that I rarely have the time to cook 'properly' and so often if I try it doesn't end up anything like the recipe and often tastes horrible or slightly over /under cooked, seasoned wrong etc. some people are naturally skilled at certain things and others aren't. I can draw beautifully and do it for a living, if you can hold a pencil why can't you draw like a professional? That's how I would compare it anyway. <shrugs>

As long as there are ready meals I won't starve.

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