Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The lost ART of cooking

Every weekend, I wake up around 9-10 o’clock, just grab a small bite and take care of some stuff waiting for the highlight of the weekend, MY MOM’s COOKING. Its either Majboos, Beryani, Safi or other Bahraini dishes.
If you think about it, you will realize that, most of my mom’s generation knows how to cook, and you will also realize that each of them have their own touch when it comes to cooking. You can really notice that in Ramadan, when the neighbors and family send food. You will find 4 dishes of majboos but all taste different. That’s what I call the “Art of Bahraini cooking”.
I have noticed that most of our generation girls (age between 21-30) don’t really know how to cook. I wasn’t sure about this assumption, so I ran small test at the place I used to work. I asked the girls a simple question “do you know how to cook eggs”, very simple thing to do right?? Wrong, I got crazy responses, example:
“ I am too afraid to go near fire”!!, “only if my mom warms up the cooking pan, I can put the eggs in”, with most of them answering NO.
A few years later (today), I ran another test; I asked “do you know how to cook”
We have 4 girls on the floor above us, and the result was 4-0. 4 saying No, and 0 saying yes.

I have heard a lot of reasons for not cooking, most of them saying, we work, we don’t have time. Let me answer that, you learn cooking when you are in high school, so you had time and you didn’t work. Second, even if you work, you have all weekends and believe me if you wanted, you would have learned.

I know these days girls don’t have to cook, we are not living in the stone age but let me give you a peace of advice, if you love your man, cook for him. This is one of the best you can do for him, Guys will love it. You do want to make your man happy right?? cooking is a start!


aMaL said...

why don't YOU cook?

Butterfly said...

I admit I don't know how to cook but difintely not egg because this is the easiest thing anyone can do :)

But thats mainly because we don't need to when we live with our parents. Once you are married then the experiments will start and the poor husband (the vicitm)is usually patient to wait until the new wife learn it the right way.

Have you ever heared of buff pastry filled with macaroni? One of my work colleagues who just got married created this dish for her husband. She copied the wrong ingredients from her mother :)

Sunshine Down Under said...

I agree... i almost starved my first ramadhan away from home, and dropped 2 dress dizes lol
had to learn how to coook in order to survive..

so its true then, the way to ur man's heart is thro his stomach ;)

Shahrayar said...

So cooking makes them Love you……but wait… (How do you make the Guys Faithful!!!)

Poisoning them maybe

Ala said...

if someone is going to love me for my cooking, than thanx i dont want his love, let him save it for himself.

SILVER said...


i have seen that happen and the poor husband has to say "it tastes great".

Sunshine down under,
it happened to me! now i know how to cook.

ummm i donno what would make guys faithful, thats a tough one

i didnt say love you for cooking, i just said it helps when married, its always an advantage

Free Spirited said...

well well, Men are shallow so girls we are smarter let's just learn how to cook and let them get even fatter!! So this is how you are going to keep your man!! No one would look at him!

Free Spirited said...

and by the way , you asked me if i know how too cook and my answer was yes.

Free Spirited said...

Look, Cooking comes with a female nature of taking care of people around. I think Women can transfer her love feelings and care through a sweet dinner or lunch. Lots of effort and love i can see.time,patience,thinking,testing, and more..all involves for a meal. And a smart woman should always serve the best :) .

Cooking is ART. and women are the best Art makers!

Anonymous said...

I googled cooking in Bahrain, and ended up here. Very nice posts, I actually went to some of them and enjoyed reading. Now, do you know a place in Bahrain, where you can go for cooking classes? If you, just drop me an email in sanchez.julian@gmail.com.

Thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

I also want to joing a cooking classes? Is there is any place in bahrain where i can learn cooking in !?

Anonymous said...

yes i also arrived here in search of cooking classes in bahrain. why dont we form a group and find a chef willing to teach us? contact me samantha@samanthathoms.com

Sunil said...

Hi I'm Sunil. I love to eat but can’t afford to go out to a restaurant everyday. I wish to learn to cook does anyone know professional cooking course. My email sunilht@gmail.com

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Julie said...

i also googled learn to cook in bahrain and end up here...
pls if any body have any idea where to go let me know as well

thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

i would like to join u guys in th cooking classes pls email me too if there is any. flowers2noor@hotmail.com

FanBoy said...

I want cookery classes in Bahrain too!

Anonymous said...

I'm planning to start a Health orientated cookery club featuring all the diverse cultures we have here in Bahrain. So if you are interested in learning how to cook Thai, Filipino, Arabic, Indian or even English or you cook your own home made food using fresh ingredients and would like to demo then please contact me:

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