One Food Habit to Change This Year

It’s the start of a new year and I don’t know about you but I got about a dozen minor yet noticeable bad food habits that I’d wish to get rid of. If that sounds like a lot then you don’t want to know how much I used to have. I’m talking about small things like too much sugar in my coffee or eating too much calories at breakfast, etc. Not eating whole cakes or anything like that.

Every year one of these minor but annoying bad food habits gets eliminated by my will, and it usually starts about this time of the year. This time around I’m starting 2021 with the challenge of eliminating a certain pesky bad food habit that has been with me for way too long now.

My bad food habit to eliminate this year–have you guessed it?–that’s right! It’s drinking 0 calorie gin sodas instead of beer. I don’t drink a lot of beer but if I can avoid the bloating by sacrificing beer for gin sodas then it’s something I should do for my health. Just one small thing that stacked up on top of many other small things makes a big difference in improving my overall health. Doing this also strengthens my will power and hopefully inspires others like you!

What’s the one bad food habit you want to get rid of this year?

Cooking with a Newly Repaired Appliance is Almost as Good as Cooking with a New One

I hope everyone who reads this blog knows what it feels like to cook your first meal with a kitchen full of brand new appliances. If you do, then you might also know what it feels like to cook with an appliance that just recently got repaired. In North Vancouver, BC, where I was visiting my aunt this summer I got to experience cooking with an appliance just after it got repaired by a professional technician and I must say it was just as good as cooking with a brand new appliances. Let me explain why.

First of all, both situations have their own unique form of satisfaction. When you’re cooking with a brand new appliances you get experience how that appliance works for the first time. For instance, you might have installed a gas stove in your kitchen island and cooking a stew on your new gas stove for the first time might be a fascinating experience because it feels like you’re cooking in someone else’s kitchen. This is a great joy of home cooking I hope everyone who loves to cook gets to experience.

On the other hand, cooking with an appliance that was recently broken has a different satisfaction. Although I think this satisfaction is just as pleasant as the first. The satisfaction you get from working with a newly repaired appliance is increased the longer you had to wait to get the appliance repaired. Maybe your local appliance repair company, like the one my aunt chose in North Vancouver, won’t be able to come out to fix your oven for a week. In this case, you might be sick of ordering food to your door and can’t wait to cook your own meals again. So by the time your appliance is repaired you’re so happy to cook with it again because you missed it so much.

These two different forms of satisfaction, at least for me, are equal in terms of pleasantness. But if we’re talking about purchasing a used appliance I think it would be more satisfying to purchase a brand new one instead because you haven’t had enough time to get attached emotionally to the used appliance yet. I once purchased a used microwave and immediately wished I had bought a new one instead because it didn’t heat up the food as well as I thought it ought to.

This was my opinion on the matter, and for those of you thinking of whether or not to replace your broken appliance or get it fixed I hope I helped to make your decision easier.

The Joy of Cooking at Home

Everyone who loves cooking at home has their own reasons for it, but here’s mine. Recently I’ve been enjoying cooking at home a lot more because I just upgraded my kitchen appliances. I got tired of having to repair the dishwasher every Christmas–and dirty dishes are one thing that holds many people back from cooking in their own kitchen frequently–and now cleaning up after a big meal is a breeze.

Also, with my new microwave, reheating leftovers is as easy as ever, and in my opinion microwaving leftovers can still be considered cooking at home, unless of course you’re microwaving delivered pizza or Chinese food, haha.

The other day I made tortellini with a homemade alfredo sauce. And it wasn’t the taste that made it so memorable. What makes me think of that cooking experience with joy is the way the sun shone on my kitchen counter as I worked slowly to good music. Oh yes, it was so nice.

So if you’re looking for a way to find more joy out of cooking at home then try this: play some good music, pour your favorite beverage, and don’t forget to sample the food as you cook. You don’t have to cook something fancy, but to enjoy it you have to derive pleasure from the experience. What do you like to do when you’re working? Have a podcast on in the background, or a football game? Or do you like to have someone to talk to? For me, it’s not just the cooking that I enjoy. It’s spending time in my clean kitchen with the ones I love, knowing that when I’m done I’ll have something incredible to eat.

That’s why love cooking in my own kitchen, using the new domestic appliances I spent a lot of money for. And you can enjoy it too if you find a way. Have fun.