When partners cook together

@allknowing (72601)
India
January 25, 2013 7:00pm CST
It is fun cooking together but not for long! Our first attempt was a fiasco. We were making 'chapatis' both claiming that they had the knowhow. We were planning on having 6 but landed with 19 what with adding water when the dough was dry and adding more dough when it became thin. This operation lasted for two hours and by the time they were ready it was already midnight - time to go to bed. We had by then lost our appetite. How good are you cooking together? Any interesting experiences?
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• Philippines
26 Jan 13
My cousin and I are partners in cooking but we don't really know how to cook at all. Hahaha! We just search menus on the internet and then we'll decide on what we'll try to do. There was this one time, it was during her mom's birthday, when she decided that we go make caramel custard because that's what her mom likes. So I did the research, took note of the necessary ingredients and procedures then we went to do the groceries so we can get the ingredients we need. The procedure was very easy but we ended up making the custard for almost six hours. My eyes were already closing voluntarily because I never had the chance to get some sleep after getting off from work. By the time we finished making the custard it was already past 8pm so the people in the house literally had to wait for us to finish before they had their dinner. I ended up not eating dinner at all because I was so sleepy and I didn't had the chance to taste what we made too because they ate up everything. When I woke up the next day they just told me they loved what we did but we need improvement. After that I stopped making caramel custard but my cousin is now an expert. She never quit learning it until she perfected it. Last New Year's eve, she made the bet caramel custard. As they say practice makes perfect. :)
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@allknowing (72601)
• India
26 Jan 13
When you say that they loved what you did but needed improvement, that reminded me abaout the sweet and sour pork I had tried ofcourse single handed. My husband said that is was great but not to make it again! I am intrigued to know why was it that it took you so many hours to make it. A caramel custard should take not more than one hour the baking or steaming time included!
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
26 Jan 13
No way! http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1383818.aspx?p=2#1_7506831 Scan my initial response ; a glance through will do.
@allknowing (72601)
• India
26 Jan 13
I visited that link. That topic talks about cooking by a male. Here I am talking about cooking together.There is a huge difference. Have you ever attempted cooking together and what was the result kala. It must have been hilarious.
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
26 Jan 13
This is unheard of in my husband's dictionary. That was what was written in the article.
@allknowing (72601)
• India
26 Jan 13
kala. You will understand - that was too long a post with no paras - quite a strain. Hope you agree!
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@thesids (22351)
• Bhubaneswar, India
26 Jan 13
We always do it together. And we divide our roles. I never do the chapatis as I am sick and tired of doing them (making all those different shapes etc) just because I am all alone. I always do the vegetables or even something else on my mind and mood... maybe chowmein rice for the lunch! In the evening for dinner, my wife does the chapatis and I do the other things. And then we do clean up the dishes and other utensils together. It is always so much of fun helping one another.
@allknowing (72601)
• India
26 Jan 13
I don't just get it. (making all those different shapes etc) I always thought chapatis were round. Do get back and tell us all about the chapatis that are produced by dear wife! It is certainly a nice feeling sharing the work in the kitchen.
@thesids (22351)
• Bhubaneswar, India
26 Jan 13
Wife gets them as close to circles. I can get them in any shape but circles
@allknowing (72601)
• India
26 Jan 13
@nyssa102 (748)
• United States
27 Jan 13
Oh I'd just love to cook with someone! I think it would be great fun! i've never done it, but can't wait to do it. I love the idea of cooking and baking with your partner. I do remember apple tree season. During apple tree season as a child, we kids would go out and collect apples and at night my mom would light candles and we would peel the apples and make apple pie via candle light. I really liked that experience. I'd like to do that again someday with someone.
@allknowing (72601)
• India
28 Jan 13
But no when one says "Anything you can do I can do better" Yes. Cooking is real fun when there is perfect understanding between partners where all mistakes would be laughed at!
@allknowing (72601)
• India
28 Jan 13
Please read as 'But not when one says......' I hope you get a good partner whose participation in the kitchen would be an enjoyable experience for both of you.
@Hatley (164451)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Jan 13
hi all knmowing ooh my gosh you donot want to know.My husband worked as a cook. So when we tried o cook together he was always going "no no not that way,do it like this just use the whisk ', he was making a vinaigrette dressing for a salad I had made. Even there nothing I did was just quite right so I learned something,do not expect a cook sho works as a cook to be fun to cook with as he was not ever. lol. and I loved him dearly too.I am a widow now for a Long time but would love to cook with him just one more time. lol
@allknowing (72601)
• India
26 Jan 13
I agree with you. Love conquers all.
• India
26 Jan 13
thnx for sharing your lovely experience. In fact, after some much exercises, you both might have felt as if stomachs r full ... lol ... though i dont cook regularly, but whenever i cook, my wife n son appreciates the taste. Its perhaps due to un-conventional way of recipe. I can make a lot of items starting from chilly chicken to bread pakoda. But if you will ask me the recipe, even i dont know the proper proper proportion. I do just by idea. But in chapati case, i can only make dough, nothing more.
@allknowing (72601)
• India
27 Jan 13
So you use the hit and miss method! This approach sometimes churns out the best food and you are a testimony to that! I hope your wife would join in atleast to clean up the mess you would have made while cooking!
@Archie0 (4669)
26 Jan 13
Haha, well i know it is hard time kneading the dough my sister can't even make good soft chapatis. But mine come up well, they come out so soft like melt in the mouth. Coming to the part of cooking together, wow i would love to experience that one day, i know how interesting it must be for you and your partner to cook, but as you say not everyday, i really don't know how the experience is so might be i would enjoy it or not. but i think it is a good thing to cook together, don't you think?
@allknowing (72601)
• India
27 Jan 13
I hope you will get a partner who will enjoy cooking with you, as not many men like those chores. So remember to ask this question "Do you enjoy cooking" and then proceed with your relationship!
@natliegleb (5184)
• India
26 Jan 13
it is so fun and we can share a lot when we cook and the work gets reduced for sure and ideally the best thing to do always
@allknowing (72601)
• India
27 Jan 13
How do you go about it in the kitchen. There are several chores and who does what when you are there. The boring part is chopping and cleaning. Do share
@airasheila (5458)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
hi there allknowing, with regard to your post, well, me and my partner used to do the cooking before. for past five years, we almost done cooking together. it really feels great since we used to divide the chores so we can finished the cooking faster. at times, we used to give an idea on how to get it done the quicker way since we used different methods in cooking. aside from that, we used to do the marketing together as well, and i missed all of those. wishing that those sweet gestures can be repeated once again since that situation makes us really feels happy...
@allknowing (72601)
• India
27 Jan 13
Not all couples have this fortune of enjoying working together. This togetherness fortifies a relationship and more so when one is cooking together. It is nice to know that you had this happiness. These memories are priceless.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
26 Jan 13
I used to cook alot with my ex husband. He loved the kitchen as much as I did. Those were great times together...
@allknowing (72601)
• India
27 Jan 13
It is not common that couples enjoy cooking together. Those memories are truly worth keeping.