You’ve heard yourself say it.
“I just don’t have time to cook dinner!”
It’s true. Modern life is just so busy. There is so much to fit in around work and family. It all takes TIME. And that’s a rare commodity.
So cooking is relegated to the too-hard basket because there aren’t enough hours to do it, and let’s face it at the end of a long day Uber Eats is just too damn convenient! Does that sound like you?
But what do you find time for?
But if you don’t have time to cook, what do you have time for? The average Australian spends:
- 4.3 hours every week on personal grooming
- 5 hours each week reading books or ebooks
- 13 hours a week watching TV (and that stat from the Australian Bureau of Statistics was taken before Netflix came on the scene!)
- 10 hours a week on Facebook alone!
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do any one of these things (if I did I would be a serious hypocrite!), I’m saying that we all have 24 hours a day. So maybe ‘time’ is just your excuse. Maybe cooking isn’t a priority for you.
But it’s about more than just food
Prioritising cooking your own meals at home is a way of saying these things are important to you:
- Your budget – it is so much cheaper to buy ingredients you can cook rather than pre-prepared meals, meal kits or takeaway.
- Healthy eating – when you cook you control the the amount of sugar, salt and fat that goes into your food, the quality of the ingredients and the good nutrients that you eat.
- Your ‘foodprint’ – that’s the amount of environmental resources that your diet uses up. Basically, buying raw ingredients and cooking them is better for the planet.
- Mindfulness and connection – you can turn cooking and eating into a kind of mediation and buffer against the rest of the day and use it to connect with housemates, friends or family.
Don’t feel the pressure!
But maybe you are unsure. There is so much pressure to do everything perfectly. As we spend more time consuming food as entertainment in the form of cook books, TV shows, Instagram stories and, yes, blogs, the less time we spend cooking food as nourishment for ourselves.
I wonder whether that’s because food as entertainment is styled within an inch of its life, carefully laid out, cropped, framed and filtered so that it looks perfect.
But the food we cook in our home isn’t ‘insta-worthy’. It’s easy to be afraid that your own cooking isn’t good enough to compete with the perfection that you enjoy being entertained by.
It’s time to shake things up
Then again, maybe you’d just rather be doing something else. Perhaps it’s time to switch up how you feel about cooking. You need to find ways to make it fun, multi-task or at least to get so clever at it that you minimise the time you spend in the kitchen.
Well you are in the right place! Over the next few posts, I’m going to chat about our expectations of homecooking and how we reshape them! In the meantime, enjoy the easiest, cheapest recipe that I know how to cook: Herb Spaghetti.