What do you learn in cooking classes? Are cooking lessons important?
To answer the question are cooking lessons important, we have to consider a number of things.
Cooking is an activity we learn at different stages of life; differently. A young persons version of bolognese with pasta will be very different to an adult’s version. Not only does life experience help the adult, there’s also learning to use utensils and preparation of ingredients that inevitably impacts the final meal.
Interestingly, cooking is also an activity we have “on repeat” due to essential personal and social benefits. For most of us, cooking brings great joy as we build confidence and share food we cook with family and loved ones. Even in pandemic times, we have found a way to continue being social with virtual cooking classes.
There’s growing interest in cooking
The good news is that in some ways, there’s growing interest in cooking and it is so amazing to see.
So why the growing interest in cooking?
It appears that our interest in cooking as a society has ‘blown up’ significantly for varying reasons.
Modern society’s lifestyle is placing demands on our home- life, reducing time spent cooking with family for relaxation and to enjoy cooking as an activity.
Over time, this trend has meant a loss of control over what we cook and eat, what we savour and how relaxed we are when making meals. it seems people want to regain their ability to reconnect!! They want more control and want to make sure they know what they are eating majority of the time.
Additionally, not knowing how to cook a homemade meal may be a problem for society in the long term. The rise in obesity rates is one strong evidence of why we should do all we can to take control of our lifestyles.
As well as the rise in obesity trends, there are many other practical reasons why we should not forget how to cook and what to cook.
The most important reason for us at Greenwich Pantry can be summed up in two main points.
Cooking and eating well supports living well. Living well supports our overall well being so that we feel energised and able to get on with our lives. In one sense it assumes the idea of balance. The eat well plate developed by nutritionists is an age old framework that has helped many people stay healthy across continents. By illustrating the amount and types of food we should aim for per meal or in a day, the Eatwell plate gives us a visual guide; after all,
we eat with our eyes.
The messages that the Eatwell framework provides are so simple. Indeed, many of us might have heard them repeated by parents, teachers and carers during childhood. However the simplest messages are sometimes the most challenging to grasp. In reality it’s about practice making perfect.
So how do we get to practice good cooking habit? Practice comes in the kitchen without a doubt, it comes when learning recipes that allow us to see the reality of the Eatwell framework for ourselves.
Not only that, when the food actually taste great, it all becomes very believable and real. Once reality hits home, habits starts to take shape and form around cooking delicious recipes that are not only nutritious but taste great too. Bam!
Food sustainability, the sustainability of future generations matters.
Greenwich Pantry recognises that sustainability has many facets involving organisations and individuals working towards long term goals.
One definition is that sustainability is ensuring decisions made now, do not negatively impact future generations. This approach suggests everyone has a part to play.
Every business can be a force for good and more importantly every individual can be a force for good to themselves and for future generations.
Cooking neatly fits here because there are a number of decisions we all make about what to eat, when to eat and where to eat! Even as a skill it’s important to pass on to future generations and thankfully the pandemic has brought this to light as we found the time to spend together in our family units and catching up with ourselves.
When you attend a cooking class several skills will be passed on to you. Skills such as cooking methods, short cuts, tips, cooking styles, ingredient knowledge and of course the food you cook and take home which can be shared with loved ones on repeat.
By learning to cook many have rediscovered new ways of enjoying life.
If you’re one of those we’d love to hear from you.
What have you learned to cook recently?