Do you enjoy cooking?

It’s an odd question to ask when it’s a task we perform for at least ourselves, and often others, repeatedly; daily, monthly, yearly.  It can be daunting.

It’s like when Golda turns to Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof and asks him, “Do you love me?”. 

I wonder after 25 years of cooking and cleaning, a homemaker’s major responsibilities, were our grandmothers more satisfied than we are today?

For sure the work was harder, much harder.  But were their kitchens, and those who ran them, more content?

I was talking to a friend of mine who is a mother of 6.  We’ve known each other a long time.  By estimation, she has served 175,200 meals over the last 20 years, not including guests.  I was surprised when she shared with me that she did not enjoy cooking.  Imagine all the hours involved, a lifetime really, accompanied by the stressful emotions of not liking what you are doing?  Sadly, I don’t think my friend is alone.

While mykosherkitchen@cor cannot promise to make you a happy cook, together we can go a long way to help you gain the knowledge and skills to develop a kavana (mindset) and mastery, which I believe to be the main ingredients for a kitchen filled with peace (not to mention, delicious, healthy, wholesome dishes that come from it).

Welcome to our weekly blog.  I look forward to receiving your questions and comments at nweisbrod@cor.ca.  Look for cooking classes brought to you by mykosherkitchen@cor beginning soon.  Go to www.cor.ca (link under construction) to see the calendar or email me and I will send it to you.

I look forward to being in the kitchen together,

Nancy Weisbrod, Director of Culinary Education, Kashruth Council of Canada