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well i have succumbed to jamie olivewr...how caqn people not cook

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zippitippitoes Tue 30-Sep-08 21:17:50

...i just dont get it tbh

its not hard

mikehunt1 Tue 30-Sep-08 21:19:41

I find it's not so much the cooking as the deciding what to do.

Jamie's greeat, because everything's pretty straightforward.

That young Chinese lass who had a series recently is also v good & I'll prob. buy her book.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 30-Sep-08 21:19:58

words fail me

i cant beleive that some people fed their kids kebab

spamm Tue 30-Sep-08 21:20:33

I know - I find it soo sad. I am not a gourmet cok, but I love making something for my family. I really feel it is important to me.

spamm Tue 30-Sep-08 21:21:00

ok - cook blush.

Carmenere Tue 30-Sep-08 21:21:13

Most people who don't cook don't because they don't really value eating and see food as fuel. Which is fine I suppose but they are missing out on a whole spectrum of pleasure.

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Tue 30-Sep-08 21:21:32

ime <with dh> its because they are not taught at home from an early age and have no confidence to try it.

i was always helping my mum and nan in the kitchen and consider myself to be a good cook and have no problems trying new things and following recipes. dh otoh can make omlette and wasnt allowed near the oven untill he was about 17.

dd1 <4> helps me cook and all the time. ill be starting it with dd2 soon. not just cakes either she help with savoury too.

expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 21:21:33

it's a lot of ignorance, too, sadly.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 30-Sep-08 21:22:23

how hard is it to cook some veg and serve it with some chicken/fish etc

and spending £10 a night on takeaways - £30 would easily feed that family of four

phdlife Tue 30-Sep-08 21:22:40

ohhhh don't taunt me, I am stuck with S4C and Jamie won't be on til 10:30 <<sulk>>

LittleBella Tue 30-Sep-08 21:22:49

I love kebab
Nothing wrong with it - good quality bread, lamb and salad. If ingredients are good qual, then it's a jolly good meal. (Doner usually a bit dodgy though)

lal123 Tue 30-Sep-08 21:23:08

think its because they haven't been brought up in a household where cooking is the norm. If your parents never cooked for you how would you learn?

Blandmum Tue 30-Sep-08 21:23:43

Granted not everyone is going to be a terrific cook.

But if you can read and tell the time you can follow directions and get something basically edible

DD is learning the basics in school (she is 11) and I have been impressed with the stuff she has done so far.

spamm Tue 30-Sep-08 21:24:09

Hearing what those Moms say, it seems to be a lot about confidence.

I also learnt from my Mom and my Dad, and my grandmothers on both sides. And I LOVE food. Not fuel, but a real pleasure for me.

expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 21:24:44

DH stir fried frozen mixed veg and seasoned with sesame oil, soy sauce and garlic.

tossed in some leftover roasted chicken and straight to wok noodles.

tea done in about 15 minutes.

not hard.

he's got horrid dyspraxia, too.

he's watching this now.

remarked, 'david blunkett can cook and he is stone blind! what's these peoples' excuse?'

fishie Tue 30-Sep-08 21:24:57

it is impossibly hard if you have never seen it done or eaten anything made by your own family zippi.

NotAnOtter Tue 30-Sep-08 21:26:54

dp and i were both cooking for our families aged 15 as our mums had both tossed off

no one taught us - might not be ho ho ho (te) cuisine but....

zippitippitoes Tue 30-Sep-08 21:26:56

i will agree that my kids youngest ds is 20 cannot cook anything like me despite the fact that i am a good cook

im as shocked at that

i used to cook all the time when they were growing up

so im not entirely asgreeing with the bpassing on thing

but i still dont understand why

expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 21:27:02

can get on YouTube and watch it step by step.

DH has a thing for his DS Lite that has step by step instructions for recipes that are easier for him to follow as he has severe dyslexia.

Not hard.

he knows how to shop for ingredients in any shop from farmer's shop to Waitrose to Lidl.

not hard.

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 30-Sep-08 21:27:26

i also love kebab - but to give it to a 2 and 5yr old hmm

and yes if you can read, then you can follow a packet instructions

so who do you blame for lack of cooking skills

parents or schools

zippitippitoes Tue 30-Sep-08 21:28:07

following a recipe is easy

expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 21:28:19

same here, NOA. in our home we were expected to cook.

by the time we were 13 my sister and i could cook a full meal for 4 and wash up.

my dad can even cook and he grew up with Mexican machismo ruling the roost in their house.

Carmenere Tue 30-Sep-08 21:29:29

JO said something terribly clever on Parkinson a few years ago. He said that when women were encouraged to work out of home( either by choice or necessity) there was nothing done to replace the job they did. And a big part of that job was cooking decent food and teaching kids how to cook. That is one of the reasons that there is a whole huge swathe of people who don't have a clue how to cook. That the job of SAHM wasn't recognised as a job iyswim.

fishie Tue 30-Sep-08 21:29:37

they don't care. food is fuel and another annoyance to spend money on.

i am not watching jamie, dh has some peculiar prog on, so not commenting on whoever has been chosen for public scrutiny.

TigerFeet Tue 30-Sep-08 21:30:13

I did hmm when she went on about not having money for ingredients - cheaper than a takeaway every other night surely?

I think the problem is that a lot of these parents were brought up on takeaways and mothers saying they couldn't cook. THey don't know any different.

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