A recent poll of 1,005 Americans found that, of the 54 percent of respondents who were cooking more than before the pandemic, 75 percent now felt more confident in the kitchen. Fifty-one percent of respondents announced they would continue to cook more once this is all over.
Studies indicate that all of this at-home cooking will likely make us healthier — and it might boost our mental health as well.
Another study revealed that a little creativity and creation in the kitchen can make people happier. That study, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, suggests that people who frequently take on small, creative projects like baking or cooking report feeling more relaxed and happier in their everyday lives. The researchers followed 658 people for about two weeks, and found that small, everyday projects in the kitchen made the group feel more enthusiastic about their pursuits the next day, food website Munchies reports.
It has been my advantage that I have been working in hotel industry since 2009 and provided lectures in college to students taking hospitality & tourism. There I was fortunate to observe the culinary expertise of various Master chefs that eventually intrigued me to try it out during the lockdown.
I also do the groceries, not in any fancy shopping malls but in our community wet market where I meet the modest vendors.
I learned alot from listening to my elders, especially from my mom on how she haggles from one vendor to another. Truly this experience is memorable to me
As I reach home with my groceries, I act confidently to prepare my recipes thanks to YouTube and Google which have been my reliable references. My inclination to traditional or cultural recipes also helps me to adjust in the procedures, thus by far I call traditional and modern fusion. I’ve been purchasing more kitchenwares and utensils, like the one I’m using in dicing onions and garlics which my mom refer as genius tools that she wished to have back then.
I know that people differ on how to handle stress and the pandemic is very unique thus it requires more resilience.
Still food is a good remedy so cooking helps me to manage myself and a way to extend care to others. To my friends who are from a distance, like the more complicated cities, my manner of saying hello is when I just arrange food deliveries.
Cooking and offering food to others seem more practical these days not only I help them fix anxiety but also comfort to their stomachs. The human senses are activated by food, thus this gesture of being thoughtful will be more notable.