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Things People Who Love Cooking Can Relate To

Food is indeed one of the best creations of God, and the second best? All the awesome cooks in this world! And by this, we mean all the people who simply love cooking, even chefs at a restaurant. Cooking is fun, especially when the people in your life love to eat. So, if you have a friend or a family member who simply loves to cook, hold on to them for life! You’ll never go hungry, because they’ll always have something to prepare, even with 2-3 ingredients. Bring it on, baby!
One of the best things about cooking is that it is creative. You can be highly creative while trying out different dishes and recipes, because you never know, you might just invent an amazing dish! If you too happen to be one of those who is very fond of cooking, then you’ll definitely relate to the list 19 things below. Check ’em out!
Things You Can Relate To If You Love Cooking
– You’re the official cook in your family
You’re basically the cook whenever you’re at home. Everyone in your family has their own demands and are always trying to get you to cook something really delicious for them. Always.
– It makes you feel like a rockstar
People who love food also love the reason behind the good food―you! Cooking something awesome always makes you feel like a rockstar or some kind of superwoman or superman. This works well especially with those who are having a bad day. You surely know how to bring a smile to their face!
– You end up cooking at most of the get-togethers
Whenever there’s a get-together, and even if it’s not at your place, you still end up cooking anyway. It’s like some magnet pulls you automatically to the kitchen. Another reason is that you just love your cooking, and most of all, you don’t trust other people with it! (smirk)
– You instantly connect with people who love to cook
There are many, many people in this world who also love to cook. There’s so much to talk about when it comes to cooking! You can talk about recipes, appliances, ingredients, spices, etc. It is also a perfect conversation starter if you are getting bored at a party. I’m sure you’ll bump into someone who is fond of cooking or at least someone who loves to eat.
Cooking is like a rejuvenating therapy for you
Nothing makes you feel better than cooking and that intoxicating aroma of food. The only way to make your horrible day better is to go into the kitchen and cook something amazing or try out a new recipe. Like other people listen to music for uplifting their mood, you cook!
– You have immense patience, but only while cooking
Often times, you are labeled as an impatient person, but when it comes to preparing food, you become the most patient person on this planet. You can wait for hours and hours for the food to get prepared. You’re also impatient with people who do not eat properly, but nothing else makes you happy than seeing someone eating and relishing even the last morsel of the food in the plate. And that’s when you decide that you’ll be the “cook and foodie” partners, forever!

– You automatically get attracted to the food and grocery section in a mall
The moment you enter a mall, you find yourself walking towards the grocery and food section. Again, there seems to be some inexplicable force that pulls you towards it. You make sure that you are in control of the grocery shopping, simply because you get to decide what you want in your food. You know all types of spices and ingredients, and they have become an integral part of your life now. You have all kinds of ingredients and spices available in your kitchen.
– People often ask you about your secret recipe or ingredient
You are often asked about the secret ingredient that you used or the secret behind the wonderful dish that you prepared. What they don’t know is that it is not any ingredient, but the love for food and cooking that makes it tasty. Just a drop of love, and it becomes amazingly delicious. Sshhh! It’s a top secret!
– You always end up watching cooking shows on TV
However much you decide to watch some other channel or catch up on some movie on TV, you always end up watching cooking shows and channels like Food Network. You love watching and learning new recipes and make it a point to note them all so that you can try them out later.
– You have at least one signature dish
And it’s finger-licking awesome! You have this signature dish that nobody else can beat you at. Whoever wishes to have it, they know where to go. In fact, you’re popular in your group for that particular dish, and people have even mentioned it while introducing you to someone new. And you’re proud of it!
– You’ve burned or set something on fire at least once
All of us have burned or set the fire alarm off at least once while trying to cook. And the fire alarm makes sure that it won’t stop ringing for the next 10 minutes. And other times when you’re not burning stuff, you’ve left them undercooked. Well, only to get it perfect the next time! After all, practice makes a man perfect, isn’t it?
– You don’t like anyone disturbing you while you’re cooking
It is YOUR kitchen, and you don’t like anyone poking their noses in between while cooking, especially the people who have a habit of commenting on everything that you add to your recipe. It is your territory
and nobody is supposed to wander around near it. After all, who doesn’t need their personal space in life!
– People have given you all sorts of gifts related to cooking
Whatever occasion it may be, the only gifts that you get are related to cooking. Most of the time, it has been an apron, which you never wear! And other times, cake molds, cookware, pans, spatulas, hand gloves, chopper, peeler, grinder, etc. Thank you, people!
– You’ve bookmarked more recipes than you’ve ever made
More than half the time when you are surfing the Internet, you’re looking for new recipes and food combinations, or new appliances. You make sure that you bookmark the recipe, regardless of whether you’re going to try it out or not. The bookmarks list in your computer is filled with recipes, and is longer than the list of recipes you’ve tried out till now.
– You’ve pretended to be on a cooking show while cooking
Admit it! We all do such stupid things when we are alone. You’ve dreamed of being on a cooking show in front of a large audience, calling out all the ingredients and method of preparing. The next Master Chef in making, are you?
You’ve even stirred constantly for 30 minutes
Because it was written in the recipe! Remember the time when you started cooking and were just in the experimentation stage, and also that aching hand? Of course, how can you forget those times when you stood stirring the dish for 30-45 minutes continuously, simply because it was mentioned in the instructions! When you think of it now, you feel stupid for having it taken literally.
– You’ve also had to deal with little criticism for your cooking
Although you love and appreciate compliments, you hate it when anyone criticizes your dish. Moreover, you also carry a bag of guilt around with yourself. You now understand why your mom used to get mad at you when you threw tantrums as a kid and didn’t want to eat, because it was not nice, or did not like any particular vegetable or ingredient that was used in it. Oops! Sorry, Mommy.
You like to keep the kitchen your way
You don’t like it even if one spoon or spice is not at its place. You turn into a monster if your maid or anyone else re-shuffles the order of your cutlery. Even though it may look cluttered, you feel it is organized, simply because it is easier for you that way.
– When the recipe you tried is loved by everyone!
Happiness for you is… when you try a new recipe and everyone loves it! Everyone is always curious about what you’re going to cook next. They love your cooking so much, that they self-invite themselves all the time. The best time of the day for you is when everyone loves and appreciates your cooking. What else do you need in life?

Cooking With Olive Oil

Olive oil is believed to reduce chances of contracting coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a severe medical condition. It is characterized by the narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. A diet rich in olive oil also helps in lowering cholesterol levels in the body. Here are some facts and information about the benefits of cooking food in olive oil.
How to Cook With Olive Oil
Marinated meat
Marinating fish, meat and poultry with olive oil adds a healthy and pleasant flavor to the food. Baking usually involves lots of fat. So instead of using butter in baking, you can use olive oil to reduce the quantity of fat. The amount of olive oil used should be about 25% less than the normal quantity of butter.
The extra-virgin grade of olive oil is the expensive one. So you can keep it for salads, dressings and vinaigrette. Extra-virgin and virgin olive oils cannot maintain their flavor if subjected to high heat. That is why they are the best for uncooked food.
Foods like vinegar, wine, lemon juice, tomatoes, etc. have a high-acid content. Use of olive oil for cooking with such foods balances the acidity. It is a good practice to do a taste test before you decide on a recipe to be cooked with olive oil. Best results are obtained if you can pair up the taste of the oil with other ingredients in the recipe.
Appetizers with olive oil.
Olive oil can also be used for preparing appetizers. Broiled baguette slices can be rubbed with cut cloves or garlic and then drizzled with a few drops of olive oil. Prepare delicious dips by preparing a mix of white beans, garlic and olive oil in a food processor. You can also use your favorite herbs for seasoning.
Another important tip that has to be kept in mind is the smoke point of the olive oil that is being used. Experts recommend that olive oil (or any other oil) must not reach a temperature that exceeds its smoke point. By smoke point it refers to a stage where an oil begins to break down. So exceeding this particular temperature imparts an unpleasant taste to the food being cooked in the oil. There are usually three types or grades of olive oil. These are extra virgin, virgin and olive oil. The third one is usually preferred for cooking. This is because this oil undergoes a better refinement process than the other two. That is the reason why olive oil is considered best for stir-frying. Stir-frying requires the cooking oil to withstand a high amount of heat, and olive oil has a smoke point of 410 degrees Fahrenheit. Regular cooking oils degrade on repeated high heating, whereas olive oil doesn’t.
Health Benefits of Olive Oil
In comparison to other oils like vegetable oil, corn oil, peanut oil, etc. olive oil is effective in reducing blood pressure. Research done on the use of olive oil for cooking revealed that blood pressure medication could be reduced to 50% of the normal dose in patients who used olive oil for cooking. Olive oil is known to consist of high quantities of mono-unsaturated fat and low quantities of saturated and polyunsaturated fat. This is the key reason olive oil helps lower cholesterol levels and is regarded as a healthy cooking oil.
LDL cholesterol is one of the major health concerns in recent times. LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is termed as the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Gradual accumulation of this agent on the arteries causes severe heart disease. Using olive oil for cooking has also been found to be effective in countering the ill effects of this type of cholesterol.
Apart from reducing the chances of developing cancer, olive oil has also been recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) to be beneficial for the heart.
Using olive oil for cooking is an old tradition and the list of recipes using this oil is an endless. Despite its many benefits, it is important to remember that the oil is still a fat. It causes no ill effects while it is consumed in limited and required proportions. By far, olive oil is good for your heart and adds great taste to your food!