Sunday, August 5, 2012

Appreciate The Cook

Here's a conversation with my daughter 4 days ago, when I picked her up from class ...



Me: "What's that you're holding? Let me see."

Daughter (handing over container to me): "Spaghetti bolognese."

Me (sniffing the contents): "Oh? Where did you get it?"

Daughter: "We cooked it for our Home Economics class today and it tastes HORRIBLE!" (dramatically throws up hands in the air)

Me: "What do you mean horrible? Was it horrible to cook or horrible to eat?"

Daughter: "BOTH! The ingredients they gave us looked so ... UGH. And the spaghetti tasted so ... UGH!"

Me (laughing at the disgust on her face): "Which one of your classmates cooked the best?"

Daughter (bordering on shrieking): "No one! Everyone tasted everyone's and EVERYTHING TASTED THE SAME - BAD!"

Me: "Ahhh, so aren't you glad you don't have to eat this sort of ... erm ... stuff at home?" (sorry, couldn't resist)

Daughter (eyes opened so wide they are almost popping out): "Yes. YES! The spaghetti you make tastes so good. OMG, this (points at the container) is trash. Horrible!"

Me (grinning): "Good, I'm glad you know!" (sorry, couldn't resist again)

Daughter: "Just throw that thing away when we get home. Yuck."

And throw away I did, but not before snapping a photo. :)

"I am so gonna blog this," I thought to myself. Now having done that, can I just say, this will surely go down as one of my favourite posts? Tee hee!

And if you are a home cook who puts food on the table for others, day in and day out, this post is dedicated to you. :)

As I mentioned in my About Ju page, " ... the best way to get to know [my] food is by cooking it ... it makes for a more aware and discerning eater. It makes one understand the food and appreciate the cook."

Those last 3 words were written with you in mind, my dear kiddos. *wink*

28 comments:

  1. That was a great memorable moment. Now only they know their mommy is a good cook ! Happy for you !

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  2. Haha... I am a homec teacher and I always want the students to appreciate food cooked with the simplest ingredients can taste good too. I always made my students taste their food and give me their comments. And the dishes I taught them must be similar to the ones I serve at home:) yes! Appreciate the cook!

    Zan

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    1. Hi Zan, that's the way! You're a good teacher. :)

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  3. So adorable and true. Although I wasn't very good at it when I was young, but I really do love, appreciate and respect the people who's been putting food on the table in my family all these years. Ever since living overseas, I sure as hell know how difficult it really is and have never felt so sorry for being such an ungrateful brat when I was younger. Never again!!!

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    1. Hi Winston, at least you appreciate now (I am all for living/studying overseas for my children when they are old enough). Likewise, I didn't learn to appreciate until I had children. But better late than never. ;)

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  4. Gosh! I love this post and I must get my boy to read it later. I agreed that not even kids but we as adults must also appreciate the cook at home especially those heartwarming meals prepared by grandparents/mum/dad whereby efforts and times are spent just to feed the family or loved ones with their favourite meals.

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  5. this is the reason why i roll my eyes when commercial eating outlets love to use "home cooked taste", "as good as mum's cooking" in their advertisements and promotion because, puhlease! my mum do budgeting to use the best seasonal ingredients to produce the best food on the dining table, not to maximise profits!

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  6. It is so cute and so true..no one makes food like our moms:) It's the love ingredient:)

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  7. Haha so cute! I think there should be greater emphasis on Homec as a mandatory subject, not just an elective in school. After all cooking is a life skill just like swimming :)

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    1. It is a mandatory subject in secondary schools- for sec 1 & 2. But the emphasis is more on processes and project work, rather than learning/ concentrating on the basic skills now.
      Zan

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  8. AHahahah I love your stories :) Now you're inspiring me to be a better daughter and say 'thank you' once in a while to my mum now rather than taking her good homecooked food for advantage and never really expressing my thankfulness I have a mum that can cook!

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  9. That is such a charming story! I think it is wonderful that your daughter gets to learn cooking in school. Guess its time for her to pick up the fine points from Mum!

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  10. My son shows me the Thumbs up for my cooking. Thanks for your blog. It's been really helpful.

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  11. its such a good way to learn to appreciate good home cooked food from mommy! some times it's better to let the young ones learn through the negative ways! Nice story!!

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  12. Our children will always love their Mummy home food cook. That means all your hard works are successful and all your foods are cooked with LOVE. Keep up the good food. :)

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  13. I have been cooking and baking for years with varieties for my family and hubby's family. Believe it or not, I hardly receive any appreciative remarks from them. Perhaps, taken for granted. But I love cooking for my Swiss friends, they will always say 'Thank you for the nice dinner'.

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  14. I totally agree with you, Ju! It's only through cooking that we develop our appreciation to the cook/chef. I used to hate helping out in the kitchen when I was younger and I took my grandma for granted until I had to cook my own real food when I left home for further studies.

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    1. Absolutely! Now I realise how fantastic my grandma was, cooking for old and young ...

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  15. my memroies of home econs class was just as bad. the teacher's recipe for chicken rice involved a yeo's chicken rice paste -.-

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    1. Really? Yeo's paste? Aiyoh. And chicken rice actually requires very few and simple ingredients!

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  16. Haha I love it! I cringe every time I remember preferring a can of campbell's mushroom soup over her own homemade soup. aiya! Now I appreciate and miss her cooking, knowing how much thought, love and work have gone into it. Glad your kids are ahead of me in this area!

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  17. That was so cute!

    It's tough to cook for people who don't always give you credit. But it's also very rewarding when those people do go out of their way to compliment your cooking/baking skills.

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