Cooking and relationships: Though they may seem like two unrelated ideas, the truth is they go hand-in-hand. How, you ask? Cooking is an activity that allows a couple to connect on an intimate level, to be creative and strengthen their relationship.
The idea of preparing a homemade meal with your boyfriend or girlfriend may excite a few; whereas, to others, it may seem cringe-worthy.
Regardless of wherever you lie on the “How Much I Enjoy Cooking” spectrum, spending time in the kitchen as a couple can help strengthen the bond between the two of you, with delicious results.
Consider this: Culinary skills are sexy, and knowing your way around a kitchen is a desirable quality in a partner. It has nothing to do with your level of skill and everything to do with the fact that you are simply willing to dedicate the time and effort to cook in the first place.
To put it in a cliché way, it's the thought that counts. Even making something as simple as scrambled eggs or basic pasta and sauce can bring a couple closer because they did it together.
Not sure what it means to purée? Don't know which knife to use to cut the vegetables? Maybe your partner knows the answer, maybe not. We're not all professionals, which is precisely the allure of cooking with a significant other.
Nobody is competing; the goal is just to have a good time and make something delicious together. Not only will you learn about culinary terms and techniques, but you will also learn more about your significant other on a personal, deeper level.
What is her favorite meal to prepare? Who taught him how to cook? What is her fondest cooking memory? What cooking habits has he developed? Cooking is a simple way to expand your knowledge individually while growing as a couple.
Communicate with each other.
Cooking with someone else requires immeasurable amounts of communication if anything will get done. Without communication, arguments can ensue and time, energy and resources are wasted. This results in both parties feeling irritated and hangry. Being able to get along in the kitchen is helpful for the two of you to stay on the same page as a couple.
That moment when the timer goes off, and the kitchen fills with the aroma of a delicious meal, can be surprisingly exciting. All the hard work you and your partner did together paid off. Even if some parts of the meal don't work out the way you expected, that doesn't mean all is lost.
Again, it's the thought, love and care that went into the meal that counts. The satisfaction you will feel does not come from the food itself, but rather, from the knowledge that you and your partner were able to work together, as a team, toward a common goal.
You can apply this skill to so many things beyond cooking; you can apply it to life.
Spending time in the kitchen creates an experience the two of you — and the two of you alone — can share, and it's different every time. Perhaps one of you accidentally used sugar instead of salt.
Perhaps you both worked together to create the most amazing recipe for macaroni and cheese that resulted in the perfect amount of cheesy goodness. Regardless, cooking creates a memory that the two of you share and adds another page to the story of the relationship.
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