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I work as a line cook, and when i'm not a work, I don't "cook" at all really. I have a zojirushi rice cooker, and unless I can steam/cook it in that thing while the rice is cooking I don't do it (with an exception of dashi stock and miso soup, but that's the easiest fucking thing in the world to make). I don't do any instant crap or take out either. 

 

After working in kitchens for years, the last thing I want to do is cook when I get home. Unless i'm visiting my family and they ask me to cook or I have to cook for other people at home, but if it's just for myself, I don't really cook at all. 

 

Anybody else this way also? 

post #2 of 16

Is the rice cooker your only appliance ? Then I can understand your conundrum .

 

For me cooking at work or at home, makes no difference in the end. Whatever I make, I make it because I want to, I enjoy doing it, it gives me satisfaction, pleases either others or myself .

 

I spend weekneds looking for new recipes, going to markets,visiting friends who own restaurants, going to farms, researching, etc....it just never ends.

 

My Kitchen (work and home) is like  my Laboratory, my Haven, my Fortress of Solitude, my Culinary Nirvana, the epitomy of culinary creations......

 

So I guess I love to cook when I get home .

 

Thanks for asking...

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post #3 of 16

One thing, Eric. This is a family site, and we try not to use profanity or other non-family language and activities. Just a friendly word.

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post #4 of 16

i cook whenever i get a chance, before work usually or after if need to have something reeady for the next day. day off or not im doing something if i have a craving.

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post #5 of 16

I've had 2 kids and everyday they want to have a new recipe to our table. I always love to cook and cooking is my passion. I'm not good but I'm able to follow on the cook book. lol

 

Any idea to add in my menu that would love by my kids? They love pasta. Hope you could help me with it. Thanks!

 

Camille Jude

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post #6 of 16

Yes, I experiment on a small scale at home then adapt it to work.

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post #7 of 16

I do and I did even before I went into this business.   I remember back when we were first married and I worked with special needs people I would get home before my husband so I'd get dinner going and every night it was a different recipe to try.  I loved experimenting with food and cooking in general..  and well here I am today.

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post #8 of 16

As much as I want to cook at home everyday I'm not able to do so as I have some important errands to attend but I regularly cook during weekends. Perfect day for the whole family.

post #9 of 16

Home?? Where is home? is that where I sleep? Oh yeah, well the kitchen at home is not really equipped for any serious cooking, (Mrs Bazza hates cooking.) Most of my meals at home are quick and easy or convenience food.

 

This Saturday I am doing a dinner for some friends at home which means that I will most likeley do most of the prep at work and finish it at home on the night. This is a rare one off though, I can't remember the last time I did a nice meal at home. And it makes such a mess when you don't have a KP on hand Lol.

post #10 of 16

Having a family to cook for, I definitely cook all the time. And I have to agree with Camille, I'm always running out of meal ideas!

post #11 of 16

There is a heat wave in Ontario right now so salads have been on the menu

 

Mediterranean Orzo , Quiona tabbouleh, Hummus ,  bruschetta, guacamole ,everything from the garden is being pulled and we are grilling outside.....

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post #12 of 16

Eric - yes, as I am a home cook and work my business from home, I have the luxury of being able to cook from home.

 

With your rice cooker - have you tried putting some fillets of fish on top of the rice once it is about half done?  If they are nice thin fillets they should be ready by the time the rice is - you will of course need to test it.

 

When I worked as a commis, I worked 7am till 11pm most days, but still cooked when I got home.  Learned to cook quick and short :) but at the same time pretty alright.  Some nights were disasters, some nights were good. 

 

If you get a chance - pick up some more kitchen appliances if possible.  I am not familiar with the apliance your mentioned, but it sounds like it may be a rice steamer?  If you can get hold of a bench top electric cooking ring - that may help.  And some people like/hate microwave ovens, but they can be a handy tool.

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I've had 2 kids and everyday they want to have a new recipe to our table. I always love to cook and cooking is my passion. I'm not good but I'm able to follow on the cook book. lol

 

Any idea to add in my menu that would love by my kids? They love pasta. Hope you could help me with it. Thanks!

 

Camille Jude

Turning Winds


Camille - hello :)

 

What age group are we looking at with your kids?  If they love pasta, then that opens a world of dishes :)

 

you could do (depending on age):

 

A simple Mac and Cheese - one pot wonder

 

Mac/spaghetti and meat sauce

 

"Rainbow Pasta" - dice up red, yellow, and green bell peppers and an onion, maybe with a bit of diced bacon if they like it, saute gently in frypan with olive oiland a little S&P till onion is transparent.  Meanwhile, cook your dried pasta in lots of boiling salted water (2 Tbsp of salt for 4 people) and drain, then toss together with "Rainbow" mix, add some butter and/or grated cheese of your choice (I like mozarella or cheddar plus a sprinkle of grated Paremsan), toss together and serve.

 

If they don't like peppers you could use tomatoes instead, and take the bacon out if you are non-meat eaters, just add more cheese :)

 

Or if you are not confident with cooking, you could buy a pre-roasted chook, then shred and de-bone it to mix with some cooked pasta, maybe mac or penne or spirals, toss with grated cheeses of choice.

 

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post #14 of 16

 

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I work as a line cook, and when i'm not a work, I don't "cook" at all really. I have a zojirushi rice cooker, and unless I can steam/cook it in that thing while the rice is cooking I don't do it (with an exception of dashi stock and miso soup, but that's the easiest fucking thing in the world to make). I don't do any instant crap or take out either. 

 

After working in kitchens for years, the last thing I want to do is cook when I get home. Unless i'm visiting my family and they ask me to cook or I have to cook for other people at home, but if it's just for myself, I don't really cook at all. 

 

Anybody else this way also?

I cook at home whenever I have the energy and time... and sometimes when I don't have the time.  I live by myself, so it is not as often as I'd like, but if I'm hankering for a healthy meal, I do it myself - something simple and quick if need be.  It's also a good chance to experiment.  If it doesn't work out, there's always cereal.  I'm my harshest critic, so I find that cooking for myself is often the best way to hone my techniques.  The rare opportunity to take extra time on things while cooking (contemplation, drinking, experimentation, philosophizing, what have you) that I would not generally be able to dawdle on in a work environment is nice as well.  "Necessity is the mother of all invention."  So if you're strapped for time on a regular basis at home, try making meals for yourself regularly as fast and easy as possible.  It takes some practice, but you can learn a lot when you push yourself. 

post #15 of 16

I cook at home, at work, for friends, for those in our church whom are recovering, church functions, my class reunion. I am like any other master craftsman, I go where I am needed. I love to see people enjoying my food for any occasion and for every occasion. I am privileged to be able to do what I love any ware any time. I do love to eat others creations. I just wish they would relax, I was not always this good at what I do. Believe me I have eaten my own cooking when it was not even fit for Fido. If you care enough to spend the time cooking for me I will always appreciate what ever is served. Its the time spent with and for others that counts. Sorry, I do tend to go on.

post #16 of 16

Absolutely! We eat out maybe once a week, but I really love to come home and cook, and then to sit down with my fiancé and have dinner together. We watch the news and it gives us a chance to have a nice, lazy discussion about things going on, and cooking helps me to relax after a long day.

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