I never used to like cooking much. I always looked at cooking as a minor inconvenience, something that I had to do if I wanted to eat and live perhaps but not something to look forward to. And then I went vegan.
There’s something about cooking plant-based recipes that brought back my love of food. It makes me feel like some sort of druid when I’m in the kitchen, and it’s good to see great food coming together from plant-based sources. It’s also helped me to get a much better idea of what I’m putting inside my mouth and into my body.
When you can see exactly what’s going into your food, it’s much easier to fall in love with it. Now, instead of being something that I need to do to stay alive, cooking is something that I look forward to, and I also like dipping into my leftovers when I have them.
What I’ve learned is that cooking is an art form, and you can have a lot of fun with it. It’s a way to express yourself, but it’s also one of the rare art forms where you get to share it one on one with another person. Although I’ll admit that I also take a lot of photos of my food so that I can share them on Instagram.
Ultimately, making food gives me another way of being creative, which is why I like it. But at the same time, I also get to enjoy the fruits of my labour in a different way. You might be able to hold a book after you write it and you finally have a copy of it, but you damn well can’t taste it.
I’ve only been cooking seriously for a couple of months, but I’ve been enjoying it. It’s a skill that I’m glad that I’ve learned and I can’t wait to keep learning in the months and years to come. You should come over sometime for dinner. It’s on me!