Just because I love kitchen it doesn't mean everyone does. Well.... Let me give it a shot to convince you to start or to attempt. Actually my hubby keeps repeating "Thaaaat's why I married you" with a naughty wink each time we have dinner. How about I give you some valid reasons?
Reason 1: Ability to cook is in Top 12 things men value in women more than their beauty!
Surprised? I am not. Men became pickier nowadays. Being beautiful is important and is amazing but in reality many men admitted (read many blogs on this topic)- beauty can be bought. You can become picture perfect in no time so it does look like we cannot surprise men anymore with perfect looks. I am sure your granny told you that the quickest way to men's heart is through his stomach. Men love women who cook. Period.
Reason 2: Ability to enjoy food.
Reminded me of my first date with hubby-to-be, when I decided not to pretend anymore that I am this classy chica only living off salads. I actually ordered 750 grams T-Bone steak with mashed potatoes, while he ordered 300 gr filet. I thought that for sure he will never call me again after seeing this blonde monster eating. Believe it or not- that was the thing that attracted him to me: ability to eat! Apparently men do love women who eat. Think about it: he invites you to head for some pizza after a tough day. You sit with the menu and start counting calories and nagging how fat it is instead of ordering a nice one and enjoying it discussing more important matters. In the eyes of a man you will simply sound like unconfident woman. Learn to enjoy your life and stop trying to impress-be yourself.
Reason 3: Cooking is beautiful
...however it all depends how you present yourself. Keep your mani picture perfect, some make up on, a hot apron:) see what I mean? Now your hubby comes home, the smell from the house of home cooked food is spreading for miles:) How amazing is it? Then he sees his stunning wife who isn't only able to spend on herself, but who can also care for the family's wellbeing. This is HOT! And men admit it!
Reason 4: Money saving
All of us enjoy restaurants, but they come at a high price. Which man wouldn't appreciate a woman, who isn't only spending, but who is saving? No matter how rich he is, it will be really appreciated. (I know- i know that you work, you ear, you are Ms Independent, but still..keep being that woman who is under her man's wing-trust me).
Reason 5: Healthy and one more time healthy
Let's be realistic: we don't know how and what they put in the food when you go out. Do they use the same oil to fry 10 times? Do they wash the meat? Did they wash those vegetables. I did read those scary statistics which made me become even more addicted to cooking. You are in complete control when you cook at home.
Reason 6: You are a mother or one day you will be a mother (InshAllah)
Kids do deserve to eat home cooked food. Full stop. Cans and pouches are great but I do not believe in anything that lasts for a year to be super healthy. My kids love home cooked food to a point where they refuse to eat at a restaurant unless the situation is drastic:) Why? Because you cook with love! Our little ones deserve the best. I do use sometimes organic pouches when we travel-they are great, but not on daily basis. Healthy eating habits start from home.
Reason 7: Improved relationship with your mother-in-law
Now imagine: your darling husband was living under mammas wing for years. She was cherishing him, always had his fresh food ready. Now you came into his life and took him away. Would she be worried? it is natural. But what if she knows that her son is fed just as well? What if she feels that you are a great couple for him because her son is very happy? Obviously it's not the only reason but still... those small things count (in some cases it is not a small thing). I love my mother-in-law to death - she is my second mom. We spent hours cooking together. Even before I was engaged, I loved to learn how she does things because I knew that this what would make my hubby happy.
Reason 8: It binds family together
We just love cooking together and include kids in it. During winter months in Dubai we have a blast preparing home made manakish: our daughter helps us to create the mess, throw flour all over the place (she is helping, c'mon)... It became our Friday morning ritual: from early morning we prepare traditional Lebanese breakfast and then enjoy it with a cup of tea. Kids have so much fun. It does bind a family! Those moments are just priceless.
Whether you like cooking or not, I strongly believe that these are valid reasons to reconsider the whole thing. Cooking is an art.. what if you like it? Just try...