If there is one very important thing that living in France has taught me, it’s the love of food & quality over quantity. We have so much choice !
When I moved to France, my boyfriend (husband now) used to do all the cooking. Food was very important in his family, like in many French families, and everyone grew up learning to cook and loving it. Moving to France out of college, my culinary skills at that age were very limited. We still joke to this day, that if it were my turn to cook, I would call Pizza Hut. Yes, that was my idea of “cooking”.
Things have changed significantly in 20 years !
I first started cooking when my kids were young and my husband was travelling for work. Their day care person at that time fed them potatoes or pasta everyday, so if I wanted them to have some daily nutrients, I needed to learn to feed them correctly.
I learned very quickly that cooking a vegetable (broccoli, zucchini…) actually takes the same amount of time as cooking rice or pasta.
So over the years I have experimented, innovated, followed recipes….From websites, magazines, blogs, cookbooks… all you need to do is try. It wasn’t always a success, but it added variety, taught me how to cook a ton of different meats, fish and vegetables, and most of all, taught me how to make a meal. Roasted veggies, fish, rice… too good.
Thank you France for this wonderful cooking culture !
Do you cook ? How did you learn ?