I hate it!

@zenkey23 (418)
Philippines
December 7, 2010 7:34am CST
Honestly speaking, I always failed at cooking:( Whenever i started cooking our kitchen turns into a mess:( And the worse part is that.... The food i cooked taste`s awful:( Sometimes i told myself to stop cooking foods because i cant do it. But my mom told me to try and try until i succeed. But im losing the determination to cook so im thinking to give up:( I am jealous of my friend because they can cook good foods:( The only thing i know in the world of cooking is cooking rice,frying hotdogs and eggs:( If i were you will you give up? What is the best thing to do? Whats your opinion?
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24 responses
• United States
7 Dec 10
You should have seen me when I started cooking. I cleaned the chicken with ajax and everyone could taste it on the chicken. I added way too much salt and the food could not be eaten. I have mastered something though. I cook most of my food real easy. I am not the best cook but this is real easy. I take chicken cut it up and roll it in bread crumbs. I then fry it on each side till done. easy right?? I take talapia fish bread it with fish batter and fry it on both sides. real easy.. I buy meats and cook them in my crock pot. I put potatoes and carrots and other veggies in it. it comes out great.
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• United States
7 Dec 10
The crock pot is probably the most used appliance in our home. You can do so much with it. It's also difficult to really screw anything up in one. I think you should get a good cookbook like "Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook" and use it.
• United States
7 Dec 10
I want to buy one so bad I can taste the food. i will look for one on ebay as well.
@cegypt01 (73)
• United States
8 Dec 10
I taught myself how to cook,(my grandmother who raised me didn't really want to teach me how to cook and I was the typical kid who wasn't interested in learning). I did have some dishes that just were not edible (not because they would make you sick) but the taste was horrible. It took me months even a couple of years really to learn how to cook taking cooking classes when I was in school had helped a lot more then I thought, so I understood what most of the terms meant,Then I found cookbooks!!(OH Goodie)!! I love to read. and I started to read all sorts of cookbooks. Slowcookers are wonderful things just toss the stuff inside and turn it on and by the time you get home at the end of the day you have a meal that you DIDN'T have to slave over the stove cooking all day. I have stuck with cooking and while every once in a while there is a dish that doesn't turn out the way that I hoped that it would. For the better part of 25+ years I have turned into a Dang good cook. I have a few dish that I do that are excellent and my family loves them. I would sugguest finding someone that you know is a ggod cook and ask them to teach you how to make some simple dishes. That might help you more than you know. My little brother(ha!ha! he's 6'6")used to be a professional chef and he taught himself how to cook also.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
Hello cegypt01:) You inspired me with your story hehe:) Maybe i should also try finding someone who can teach me how to cook:) But i think i found the best one! Its my Beautiful and loving Grandma:) But sometimes she dont have the time to teach me:( But i understand it, shes busy sometimes doing somthing. I also want to congratulate you for being a good cok hehe:)
• United States
8 Dec 10
Grandma is ALWAYS the best cook because she loves you and the food is made with that love behind it. I watch Foodnetwork on cable a lot simply because I like to see what all I can do with the same ingredients and the meals don't stay so boring.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
9 Dec 10
Yeah i strongly agree that Grandma is ALWAYS the best EVER!:)[in terms of cooking i think:)] Sad to say i cant watch foodnetwork because we dont have a cable:) But since many have shown their help to me. Happy to say that i am improving in cooking:)
@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
Don't give up. try cooking the easy to do food first.since you already know how to fry, try going for stews. they are the easiest to learn as you just normally put everything together. get a good simple recipe and start form there. Almost everyone starts with failure, very few people are natural at cooking. take heart, you can do it.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
Yeah youre right! As of now, I am studying 2 dish recipe. Its just easy though but i know its delicious when perfectly cooked:) And for the recipe, I already borrowed one from my classmate:) Some of the ingedients are unfamilliar and some of those i cant find in the market near us:)
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
Stay away from ingredients you are not familiar with! Just kidding Its good to hear your back to cooking. Upload a photo some time so we can all enjoy a nice meal
@marguicha (80216)
• Chile
7 Dec 10
I love to cook and it has been a long time since I used a recipe to cook. But when I started I did not like it at all and things didnĀ“t come out as they should. I recomend that you start with a recipe and place al the ingredints (measured) in different bowls. Then it will be just al matter of mixing and the kittchen will not be a mess and the food will come out right. If you check at hoe chefs work in the TV shows, they have everything in a plate or bowl as they have to do the whole recipe in a short time. You can do it too.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I also think about of having a recipe:) But whenever i loof for a recipe it just confuses me:( I cant do the steps correctly:( And some of the ingredients is so unfamilliar to me:(
@marguicha (80216)
• Chile
8 Dec 10
You have to start making simple things. And the ingredients of those first recipes have to be ones you are familiar with. Read a recipe book until you find a really easy recipe. Take care!
@lindsiko (358)
• United States
8 Dec 10
I started out cooking desserts before making meals. They tend to be easier for me for some reason and even if they don't turn out beautiful, they seem to always taste great! Have you tried cooking food in a crock pot? That's an easy way to make soups (creamy potato soup is easy and so good!) and meals with meat.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
9 Dec 10
Hello lindsiko! Because of your comment an idea came to my mind. I just thought that i also dont know how to cook desserts:( But for now i am going to focus on my cooking meals:) But i wish i can also learn making desserts:) I would like to learn leche flan hehe:)
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
8 Dec 10
Practice makes perfect. Your mom is correct keep trying. Lol! Whnei think of the first time ive tried making fried chicken. The pan caught fire. I took it outside and threw it in the snow. The snow melted about a foot all the way around it. I was trying to im press my dad who always complained about my stepmoms cooking. I impressed him alright, just not the way i expected. Nobody walks into a kitchen and is a good cook right away. Giving up is not going to help either.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
9 Dec 10
Hi jdyrj777! [wew so hard to type:)] Thanks for cheering me up:) You are one of the many people who cheer me up and make my self confidence improve:) I am glad to announce that i am improving in cooking and i recently learned 1 dish:) I am proud of myself haha:)
@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
8 Dec 10
I would have people cook for me. Why cook if I do not like the mess, worst still, if I do not enjoy the food I cooked. Cooking is a skill learnt. So if you are still interested, then maybe take up a cooking class (on something you really like first) and perhaps you will gradually gain the confidence. For me, I have no interest to cook. LOL.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I understand your feelings because no one like`s MESS:) But for those who are willing and determined they will just ignored it:) I also tell myself that letting others cook for me is a good idea, bu then i realize that its better to cook for yourself and for others:) Because it gives you happiness especially when the dish you cook tastes good:) But ill appreciate your comment:) Thanks for commenting:)
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
just practice. i was also a bad cook but when i had my family, i practiced..and when u put salt. put it little by little and taste it. look for easy recipes and read :)
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I always practice, that`s why sometimes my grandpa is getting angry to me because of the mess i did hehe:) But he is still supporting me even though he know`s that i am not good at cooking haha lolz:) That`s why i loved my Grandma and Grandpa:) Grandma because of cooking and Grandpa because of supporting me:)
@sunnycool (12737)
• India
8 Dec 10
Why on earth you wish to be that perfect in cooking dude Cooking is my time pass --- when i feel like bored or got nothing else to do with then i get hold some recipes from the magazines and i give it a try!I would only be lying if i say "All my dishes taste damn good" ... but i can gladly say they aren't that bad...guess what i can use these dishes on my rivals lol if they turn out to be awful.great day.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
My reason is just simple, I want to cook awesome foods for my friends,loved one`s and especially my family:) I want them to be happy whenever i make foods for them. But unfortunately until now, I am always failed at cooking. GRRRR!!![T_T]
@SIMPLYD (74827)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I guess, first of all you must have the interest in cooking so you could be a good cook. I myself, when i was still single, don't know how to cook. It was my husband who taught me how to cook and because i like to impress my husband, i developed the skill of making a simple meal delicious! Maybe because i love eating too! Whenever we eat in a restaurant and ate a delicious one, we would discuss what could be the ingredients as we eat. Then in a day or two i would buy the ingredients and cook it myself. Sometimes , i even cook better than the ones we tasted in those restaurants because i would think of other ingredients that could go well with it to improve its taste more! Although sometimes i cannot just get how to make it taste like that in the restaurant, but still i will try again until it will taste as good as the restaurant's. Same thing, when a friend would let me taste her cooking. If i find it delicious, i would ask for the recipe and try it myself. But of course, i will do it during those week-ends when we have our rest days from our office work!
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
Honestly speaking, Since i am like 7 years old. I already have interest in cooking. Its because of my grandma who alway`s cook delicious foods:) I am proud to say that i am good at judging foods via their tastes. But i just dont know whenever i am the one making the food it just... Always fails:(
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
In my opinion, I would not give up on something. Its just a test on your strength and perseverance to your part. It is also a test on personality. If you give on little things, then on the long run, you'll give up with LIFE itself. Also, I believe in the old saying the TRY and TRY until you succeed and Practice makes perfect. In everything, we tumble down, we make mess and that the reason why we learn and we persevere to make it successful. Its like cooking too. Now, you can't really cook much, but as the days goes by and when you practice well then you could be the renowned chef that you haven't expected. I don't know how to cook too. Messes everything in the kitchen, but I would not give up on it because it something that I'll treasure when I grow old.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
Indeed! Perseverance is needed!:) I know its just a test and i must face it. But sometimes i just want to give up because my mind tell`s me that i cant do it:( Maybe imma practice thinking positive:)
@hushi22 (4941)
7 Dec 10
ohhh...i just fount someone like me. hahaha. dont worry pal, you are not alone. im sorry i cannot give advices because i also fail in cooking but i am good at baking. just continue to learn and you will be fine i guess.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
WOW! Hello there PAL!:) I am happy i found you:) All i thought is that i am the one who always failed at cooking:) You can add me if you want:)
• Philippines
7 Dec 10
zenkey, If I were you I would search for the internet for the most possible foods that you are going to cook. I mean their ingredients, the procedure to cook, and make a list out of it. Later, if you want to cook, let's just say steamed rice with chicken, just follow the procedure on the list you have made, provided that you are complete with the ingredients. Later on, you will begin to familiarize with the ingredients and procedures, and will become automatic from days and days of doing it.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I already tried searching:) And as of now, i learned 2 dish recipe`s:) I just wish that when i cook it it will taste good:)
@wjack2010 (755)
7 Dec 10
My advice: Follow recipes (Search the internet) Ask on MyLot or other people if you have questions about cooking! Keep trying giving up is possibly the worst thing you can do. How are you learning if you give up? That's exactly why people go to school!
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I strongly agree! Giving up is not the key! Maybe i should try increasing my self confidence:) By the way thnx for commenting:)
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
7 Dec 10
If you really want to, keep trying. The saying goes, if at first you don't succeed, try again. Sometimes we just have to keep plugging away. Maybe you could take a cooking class. Or ask your friend to show you. And anyway, nothing wrong with a fried hot dog! They are yummy
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
LOL:) yeah there is nothing wrong with a friend hotdog:)[T_T] Actually i asked my friend to show me how to cook some foods:) And about cooking class, Maybe i will let my grandma teach me:) Grandama is so strict that`s why im scared having my tutorial with her:) WEW!
@larrychen (165)
7 Dec 10
Cooking by yourself is really a great experience if you like eating. You can eat whatever you like because you can try to cook them yourself. Maybe at the beginning it's not so easy a thing to do cooking all by yourself. But if you could insist doing and learning, you will master the skills one day. As a boy, living in an apartment without a kitchen, it's a pity that I cannot cook by myself. I love eating so much, and I really wish to get some chances to learn to cook some dishes. Cooking is also a way to enjoy our life, right? Good luck and come on, you will do it, if you really wish.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
7 Dec 10
Yeah i agree to you that cooking is also one way of enjoying life:) By cooking you can set free your hidden talents.[do you think i have it?^_^] Thank you also for cheering me up!:) Same as you i also love eating so much hehe:) we can be friends if you want:)
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
7 Dec 10
HI, When I was young, I don't even know how to cook rice. I only know how to cook instant noodle. But I am willing to learn.so when I was in overseas for my study, I learnt to be independent and try to cook some simple dishes. I learnt all from my mother,She taught me how to cook rice and some simple dishes like stir fried vegetables, stew chicken potatoes, cook soup and fried egg. Although just simple dishes that I cook,but they are healthy food for me. Now, I am cooking for my family everyday. Another simple dishes to go but we love to eat those home cooked meal. They taste great and healthy than dine out. Don't give up...as long as you have strong determination to learn,you sure can do it one day. Learn something easy and simple to cook and take less time for preparation...slowly do it and I believe you can success one day.
@zenkey23 (418)
• Philippines
7 Dec 10
You`re one of my idol`s now:) Even you encounter those trials you face it and now you can cook foods for your family:) You awesome! I will follow your opinions:) I wish someday i can cook for my own family:) Try and try :) and maybe your right that i will be success in cooking foods someday:)
@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
14 Dec 10
I am learning to cook, and I am finding that cooking really isn't as hard as I thought it would be. I have found that more often than not, the trick is to cook things slowly. I used to be really bad about burning things, because I would have the burners turned up too high. Remember that cooking is not a race. In order to learn, you have to slow down and take your time. I also recommend that you get a couple of good cookbooks and try to use them as well. Don't be afraid to ask questions too. Get some of those friends you mentioned who you say are good cooks to help you out. I have a friend who is a really good cook, and go to his house regularly. He has helped me learn a few things about cooking, and we have had a really good time doing it, so don't be ashamed to ask for help. Your friends will likely be happy to help you out. The worst that can happen is that you might mess up a couple of times and have to take them out to eat instead, and then they will just give you a hard time about it later once you get good at it LOL Another thing you need to remember is to start simple. Don't try to cook like a professional chef to begin with. I tried that, and I messed it up. So I decided to start over with stuff so simple that no one could screw it up, and I have slowly but surely gotten a little better and a little more confident in the kitchen, and I have even started learning to clean up some of the mess as I go as well, so that the kitchen isn't totally wrecked when I am done the way it used to be. A word of caution though...it is kind-of ironic that I am giving someone cooking advice tonight, because LAST NIGHT, I was slicing an onion to put in the meatloaf I was going to cook. The knife slipped and cut the end of my left thumb REALLY BAD. It almost cut part of the end of my thumb off. I didn't go to the hospital, and it should heal up nicely in a week or so, but it hurt like hell, and I ended up not finishing my meatloaf. SO, be careful when you are cutting stuff up or peeling stuff...LOL
@Memnon (2173)
11 Dec 10
We all make mistakes now and again. If you feel that you cannot cook, follow recipes to the letter, so that you cook decent food from the recipe, and learn how to use different foods to the best effect. It would be a shame to give up as cooking can be enjoyable: as can the results. Good luck. Try following the BBC Good Food (UK based) website for simple ideas. They also send you a (free)newsletter if you subscribe. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/newsletter/signup
@Suggar (3612)
• Bulgaria
9 Dec 10
Hello friend, your mom is right. When you keep cooking, you will learn every day something new. When we moved to live alone with my boyfriend, he was very worried about the taste of the dishes (i understood it after a month, actually ) Before that i haven't cooked at all, only when i was teen, it was a pleasure for me to make something fast, but nothing more. When i lived with my parents, my mom was really worried that i can't cook. All the time she was saying to me - you can't cook, you don't want to learn to cook, poor guy who will take you one day But now i can proudly say that i learned a lot of things really fast. Every time i had to cook for me and my boyfriend, i called my mother, because she is very creative person and she is cooking delicious. I was asking her what to put in different meals, what products, what spices. Soon i got myself that i know for which meal what spices are good, which taste will be good when it's mixed with another taste. My granny was saying - girl, the taste of one dish comes from the spices, if you don't know what spices to put in a dish, it will never be delicious. This is how i learn what tastes are good for mixing. Don't be jealous, your friends can help you a lot with different tips. And soon you will learn to cook everything, even new recipes will be easy for you if you know which tastes are good for mixing. Use imagination, use fundamental tips in cooking, be creative and you will cook delicious, believe me!