This blog post was supposed to be about my latest and greatest cooking accomplishment. Remember my barbecued blueberry chicken? And how I’m in love with it? Well, the original recipe from How Sweet It Is calls for the barbecue sauce to be used on salmon. Being the lover of salmon that I am, I decided today would be a good day to whip up some barbecued blueberry salmon, take some sweet photos, and then write an eloquent and inspiring blog post about how much I hate the misconception that girls are meant to cook on a stove/in an oven and guys are meant to grill.
Yeah, about that…
My previous experience with grilling has been fantastic. I’ve cooked some mean chicken on the grill and, not gonna lie, have been really impressed with the results. Unfortunately, it appears my grilling prowess is currently limited to chicken.
My grilling job on the salmon was, in a word, disastrous. It was overcooked, it was mostly tasteless, and honestly, it didn’t even look like salmon anymore when I took it off the grill. Alas. While I still fully believe that girls are fully capable of grilling and that the dominant idea that men are the only ones capable of cooking dinner on a grill is completely ludicrous, this girl definitely needs some more practice when it comes to cooking fish. I really don’t consider myself to be some raging anything-boys-can-do-girls-can-do-better feminist, there are certain misconceptions that irk me, and grilling is definitely one of them.
While I was eating my [mostly awful] meal, I started thinking about cooking, particularly cooking for yourself versus cooking for more than one person. I know some people who have either recently gotten married or are engaged and will be married within the next year and a half or so, and I wonder what making that cooking switch must be like. Obviously it’s not that difficult to alter your recipe from feeding one to two: in fact, I imagine it makes cooking a whole lot easier. But how does it work in practice? Does one person in the couple just assume the role of chef as soon as the honeymoon is over? Are these things you discuss before you get married or move in together? If one person is the designated cook, doesn’t that get tiring after awhile? I’m trying to picture how this must work and it’s a weird thing to wrap my mind around.
All of this thinking made me really appreciative for my mom’s cooking. My mom usually cooked the meals when I was growing up, though my dad often cooked a couple of times per week. I’m starting to realize how much I took my mom and dad’s cooking for granted. I rarely thanked them for what they made, which makes me feel like a lousy person now that I see how much work goes into meal planning. I definitely didn’t give my parents the credit they deserved. Things to remember….
What’s your opinion on cooking roles? Can anyone cook anywhere?
If you’re married or live with your significant other, how did you figure out who cooks when/what? I’m really curious about this!