are you more process-oriented or goal oriented when cooking?

Singapore
May 27, 2007 9:48pm CST
would you say you pay more attention to the process when cooking? i.e. you enjoy yourself, you chop slowly, chatting, listening to music, setting aside quite a long time to leisurely prepare. you think most of the fun in cooking is in the process. Or would you say you are goal oriented? the whole point of cooking is to get good, hot, food out fast. guess this applies to those who have bigger families, and can't afford leisurely cooking. you have tools to chop and dice speedily, multi-task a few things on the burner at once, and everything is ready in a jiffy (say half an hour to an hour max?). which are you? what is your average time taken to prepare an average dinner?
2 responses
@aweins (4203)
• India
28 May 07
I am born and brought up in a joint family. it was quite a big one. so i was in a habbit of cooking fast. i use to get all things like cutting, seiving, managing, salad cutting, i use to do all that before hand. and just on time i use to start cooking. and because there were many people to eat, i have to make more food and fast. i maximum times needed halp in serving , and cutting, thats it. otherwise i was able to do all on my own. after marriage i came to a house with only 4 people including ,me. now when ever we have a mini party, dinner, lunch, tea time snacks or any invite for any meal or brunch or anything, i make all the things on my own. my in-laws are so surprised when they see me working in the kitchen all alone. to be true i was never alone after marriage. my hubby alwayz use to accompany me. i hardly cut any thing. he is the person who cuts all the items i need while cooking and he is the person who helps me in serving.so that makes my time passes ver y easily, without any feel of tiredness because my half work is done by him and when i do the other half we keep on chatting with each other. i enjoy my time in kitchen and i love cooking. i love to cook and serve food to guests., i love to invite people home to eat. i make all on my own and i make the dessert too also myself. that is also i love to serve something of my own when i serve the whole food cooked by me. so in my case you can say that i am process oriented also and goal oriented also. when i have some guests i am no dooubt goal oriented by on other days, i enjoy cooking.
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
28 May 07
i would say it is a little bit of both. It really depends on the event. For normal day cooking, I will take extra effort to make the meal nicer, so the cuts are neater, the vegetables are arranged neater... etc As for chatting and listening to music, usually I will work alone in the kitchen. Other times when my wife joins me in the kitchen, we will chat. No radio or music in the kitchen. I find it very distracting, 8p If the event is for lots of people, like a house warming or a mini party among friends, then it would be goal oriented. I still try to make the food as presentable as possible, just that it would not be as nice as when you are just preparing for two. As the chinese saying goes, "Mei shi, Mei wei", the presentation of the food is just as important as the taste! as for time taken, it will depend on the dishes I am preparing, it can range anywhere from half and hour to half a day... dishes like soup and stews takes longer time to prepare. Most of the time, I will try to come up with recipes that are easy to prepare and quick to serve. Still working on more recipes for that ;)