One of the oft-cited laments of those who don’t really enjoy cooking is that a meal takes so much less time to eat than it does to cook.
I don’t mind that, not least because I always relish a bit of pottering about in the kitchen, it’s the only time I ever get to myself. But also, I confess to an affinity with that Victorian worldview, the constant harping on the inevitability of decline - "the woods decay, the woods decay and fall", that sort of thing - and the reminders that all things go back into the earth or up to the heavens. I don’t resist the implacable cycle of meals, the kitchen grind.
- Nigella Lawson (Nigella Express, Against the Clock)
"I do immensely idolize women cooks/chefs like Julia Child and Nigella Lawson who really influenced hoards of women all over the world. Those women cooks, homemakers and most specially those women who never set foot inside a kitchen but were instantly enticed to be in the kitchen by these two phenomenal women on tv. I believe that cooking or even the idea of cooking is not only an activity where everything is handmade and made from scratch. I believe, a woman, because she is by nature a nurturer does not wear an apron and whip something up in the kitchen just for domesticity, but because she cooks for love… Loving and nourishing her loved ones with food she created."
- Goddess Of Scrumptiousness (J.M) ;-)
Heart in Cooking/Baking
"Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling and sometimes, yes, there is an element of force-feeding going on." - NIGELLA LAWSON
And cooking and baking is an activity where you can never NOT involve your heart, for to feed yourself well means that you love yourself. And to feed others means that you love them enough to go and willingly dedicate a couple of hours of your life cooking or baking in the kitchen just to feed them and make them happy. -jeannie :)
I HEART SCONES - Recipe here
I’m a homebody, I’d rather be in the kitchen cooking than hanging out in a bar.
I guess anyone who is very dedicated to their craft or passion or dreams at several or most occasions find themselves in a little kitchen, their bedroom, an attic or a basement immersed on doing the one thing which pumps meaningful and creative blood in their veins.
I am always happy being alone in the kitchen. I enjoy tinkering with kitchen equipments, rummaging through my boxes of baking and cooking tools, mixing my own blends of spices, opening the food closet, browsing on what is available there and coming up with something like a tasty dish. I like the calmness and preciseness of baking because the end product almost always never disappoints. I love cooking using my heart and intuition because both directs my palate into successful dishes. I love cooking in silence because I can reflect and think and hear ME. But I also love cooking with music playing in the background… play something Latin and sexy and my dish turns out spicy with vibrant colors… play something upbeat and jazzy and my dish turns out assertive and bold because of the bright flavors of fresh herbs, the tartness of fruits I always incorporate with smooth, creamy and decadent desserts. I never play sad music or even ballads while in the kitchen…Because I don’t believe anyone can cook with a broken heart (Well, technically we can, but with just pitiful outcome, I believe.) because a sucky feeling does transfer a lot of crap to my food… So in times like this, I never cook… I just eat my way through 2-3 jelly donuts. @@@
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
A friend doesn’t go on a diet because you are fat.