When did you learn how to cook?

@pehpot (4762)
Philippines
September 11, 2008 12:42am CST
I grew up in a family where almost everyone is a good cook. My grand mother prepares good food and is an excellent cook. She knows a lot of old dishes and prepares it. My mother is a great cook too. I love all her dishes. she can turn one simple one into a very delicious one. Her friends always rely for help when they have occasions. I on the other hand also knows how to cook. But I only learned how to cook just recently. When I was growing up, I studied in a far University, with that I was not able to learn how to cook through them. When I married, my mother in law is a good too. No chance for me to learn how to because I ma afraid to try. I am afraid to try because my mother in law is a good cook and I am afraid she would say something bad on my food. When hubby and I moved out of their house, I finally learn how to. It is OK for my husband to sometime eat burnt food. Eventually I mastered it. I know now a lot of dishes. I can cook to as many as 4 dishes at a time. I love making up occasions so I can have an excuse to feed on people. I love doing it! How about you? when did you learn to cook?
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@crazydaisy (3896)
• Canada
13 Sep 08
pehot I had to learn how to cook very young there was 5 boys and my sister so we all had to take our turns at cooking. My mom was great at making pies.or cakes. When l got married l made my own wedding cake!!!I had a daughter and did the same. she had to cook dinners. cakes plus pies.... So she could do the same....happymylotting crazydaisy
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
wow! your own wedding cake?
• Canada
26 Sep 08
I was raise in big family of 5 boys 2 girls we had to learn how to cook my mom was well like for her pies!!! which I not as good as her. but I try.I made my daughter learn how to cook at the age of 8 yrs she did not any choice but learn!!!she makes good devil eggs!!! cd
@savypat (20217)
• United States
12 Sep 08
Well I started when I was old enough to stand on a chair and reach the counter. My Dad taught me to make pancakes. That was the first thing I got to help cook and I've been at it ever since. Keep enjoying and don't be afraid to start changing your receipes a little. Make them your own
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• United States
12 Sep 08
That sounds like my mother, she is 83 years old and says that she was probably 8 years old when she stareted cooking. My grandmother had 10 childen so they all had to help.
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@savypat (20217)
• United States
12 Sep 08
When I was little we didn't have TV and the radio was only on at special times, for baseball or the evening news. So we communicated a lot more one on one and the time I could spend with my Dad was really special. My mom included us in the cooking also but that wasn't as special.
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@ace_ivann (326)
• Philippines
18 Sep 08
Hi pehpot! I learned how to cook when I was about 10 years old. My mom actually is a good cook as well as my dad. At an early age, I would help my mom preparing for the dishes and I always see her cooking. I would just watch her while she cooks my favorite food. My dad is fond of making pastries and cakes. I liked when he taught me on measuring flour or mixing those ingredients. Now, I can say I can cook well. I also experiment sometimes and I am also resourceful when it comes to the ingredients I use. I cook from my heart.
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
cooking from the heart is a sure way to have a nice meal..
@gracie04 (4552)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I also came from a family of good cooks... my mom prepares the best dishes in town... maybe, i got the genes from my mom side of the family. I've learned how to cook when i moved out from our house. Since i am living in a flat with my hubby, i am in charge of food preparations. i know im nt as good as my mom so i have this thought of enrolling at one of the prestigious culinary schools here in the south... =)
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
oh go enroll, culinary schools can give you a lot on cooking, I sometimes wish I had enrolled in some when I still can.
@Eileen01 (195)
• China
11 Sep 08
I started to cook after I graduated from University.No body told me how to cook and I learn it by myself.
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
lucky you, its called talent.
@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I learned to cook as a young child. My father made the noodles by hand. We didn't use a machine to make bread, as rolled out the dough and made lots of loaves in a day.
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
oh really? I would love to learn how to that, but I guess I will never had the patience.
@rakittera (802)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Kudos to you for having the passion and talent for cooking! Like you, I grew up in a family where everyone seems to know how to cook good food, especially my mom. She started teaching me how to cook simple meals at the age of 10. When I was in college and my mom was sick, I used to cook meals for the family because my mom is too weak to do it. I'm so glad that my mom taught me how to cook because it comes in handy now that I have my own family and have just moved out of my parents' house. My husband loves to eat and I love feeding him! And like you, I like feeding people. So, I always volunteer for potluck parties.
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
Oh we are the same! but you are lucky you were able to learn it earlier.
@dong1970 (1573)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I started to learn how to cook when i'm in college.Nobody teaches me to cook,By watching cooking show,it got my interest in cooking.My wife is a good cook and now she is teaching how to bake cakes and cookies.Cooking is fun and i love to eat(LOL)
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
Oh lucky you for your wife, I hope in time my kids can taste your wife's baked cakes and cookies
@chinniR (661)
• India
11 Sep 08
hi pehpot, i don't know how to cook. but my grandmother and my mom are very good cooks. my mom is specialist when it comes to non-vegetarian food specially. in my family all my aunts are also very good in cooking. i have asked about this to my mom. i hope that i would also become a good cook he he he... happy mylotting
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I ma sure you will.. patience dear!
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• United States
11 Sep 08
I learned how to cook by grilling meat, on skewers or none. It's easy to make good barbeques by just grilling.
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
easy to grill! love barbeques! happy posting!
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@CJay77 (4438)
• Australia
11 Sep 08
I think I was in teens when I learn to cook! But they appreaciate my cooking at the age twenty I think. But now I'm married I do all the all the cooking. Thanks
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
oh well appreciation always comes late, you only appreciate it when someone else does. happy posting!
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@sweetdude (223)
11 Sep 08
well my mother taught me how to make curry thats it, the other minor stuff from school, in cooking classes.....happy mylotting friends!!!
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
how to make curry powder? where it came from?
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@ehlsie (730)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
we're the same! I came from a family which everybody knows too cook and loves to cook...I learned to cook as early as ten years old because my grandfather teached me...Now, i'm the chef in the house and i'm the one who always cook our food for lunch and dinner! happy mylotters!
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
hello there! good for you that they taught you early! keep on posting!
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• United States
25 Sep 08
I learned to cook when I was a young kid. I would watch my mom and both my grandmothers and my grandfather. They would always let me help when they were cooking. So I just learned how to do it from watching and helping them.
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• United States
13 Sep 08
i love to cook i learned from my mom when i use to get grounded and stay home all the time i would just experiment with everything we had i use to cook all the food up by being bored but it has taught me in the long run..
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
12 Sep 08
My maternal grandmother lived with us and she was the cook of the family. My mother is not a great cook, she worked a lot, but we loved my grandmother's cooking. I learned all of the basics from her but also learned from recipe books and other people. I am a good cook, but not a great cook. That's my husband. He loves to cook, watches all the cooking shows on tv and makes up some of his own recipes. I would just cook what you like and not care about what others think. Try it out on your family and friends, who are not judgmental, first, but you can always say to your MIL, "I will never be the cook that you are. Maybe you can teach me to cook." She would probably love that!
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@Ohara_1983 (4117)
• Kuwait
12 Sep 08
I learn from my mom she love to cook as we said mom cook is the best, also learn in another traditional way of cooking specially now that im staying in kuwait, we need to cook like arabic food & most of the time we cook not only one dishes but more in one serving.
• United States
12 Sep 08
I am the one that does all of the cooking in the house. My mother is 83 years old and she cooks really good. I should have got her to teach my how to cook and sew many years ago when I spent all of my time chasing boys and wantint to get married. Well, I got married and divorced, didn't cook very much during the time I was married, but that's when I learned to cook. Calling my mother and asking questions and using the old cookbook. Now I ask my mother all of the questions I can when cooking. I love to cook.
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@jdyrj777 (6538)
• United States
12 Sep 08
My grandmother was a very good cook. Unfortunaletly i was a tomboy and didnt hang around the kitchen much, unless it was time to eat. I learned how to cook when i moved away from home at age 17. It was either sink or swim. Or rather starve or cook. So i opened a cook book and so far im still alive and healthy at 52. Im always collecting recipes to this day. Im making what i call "The Neverending Cookbook". Because it is in loose leaf binder and i just keep adding to it. Also have it on CD.
@salonga (27788)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I learned it first when I was single, while watching my mother and my older sister do their thing in the kitchen. But I did not learn it to perfection. I only came to have mastered this art gradually when I got married. Well like you , there were some bad burnt food at the start and some misses at the start. I have to really work on my own as there is no longer a mother or a sister beside me to assist. We are living on our own and I have to do this job an no one else. I patiently start experimenting, I bought recipe books and ask my mother and ate how some dishes are being cooked. Now, I would say I have improved a lot. Oh no, maybe I should say ... it is my family who told me that!
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
26 Sep 08
mommy! so how was the rice? I bet that one your sister forgot to teach you.
@salonga (27788)
• Philippines
27 Sep 08
Actually she also was the one who taught me.. but she did not teach me to be attentive to my rice (ha!ha!ha!)!
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
28 Sep 08