What are you doing here? Dad will always yell at me anytime he comes back home and sees me in the kitchen. My dad is one strong believer that men do not have to worry about knowing or learning how to cook. One of the experiences still sticks around.
One beautiful evening I followed the aroma of a fish stew and traced my way to the kitchen. As usual, mum obliged to give me the head of the fish for a test. I sat down to do justice to it and behold dad appeared from nowhere. Between my mum and I, it took him about 20 secs to figure out who to smash his anger on. It was a 20 secs of grave silence and of great thought. I never knew what was going to come out of it but all I knew was that the plate of fish head wasn’t mine again. A strong hand pulled my ear and in the next hour I woke up on a bed. My ear was still hurting and I was just wondering how long it was pulled. Am sure dad didn’t say anything to mum but personally I disliked the kitchen and didn’t want to visit again. Mum actually didn’t bother. But we paid the price.
Myself and dad was home alone. Mum had traveled with my younger sisters (I guess). We were enjoying ourselves watching the television (The men things). It was afternoon and guys were hungry. Mum had already told us where the soup was. So all we needed to do was to warm it, make iba for ourselves and have a jolly afternoon but no that wasn’t the case.
Hello kitchen I said, “You have some visitors”. The stern look from my dad was enough to kill the hunger. In fact I nearly told him I wasn’t hungry any longer. We stared at everything in the kitchen and eventually started making the iba. The drama was so much that dad got frustrated and called a neighbor to come and help. “The neighbor saved us”
Well dad is enjoying his life, his wife is doing a great job to fill his stomach (for the way to the heart of a man is his stomach). He doesn’t need any app to learn how to cook, he has cooking encyclopedias with him. But I have since left home and the consequences of disliking the kitchen still looms around.
Truth is dad’s attitude wasn’t intended to spoil his boy. His intentions were great. To build the man in me, to make me think and act like a man. To teach me that men source for the family and fed the house not to eat fish head. He succeeded because early enough I became a man. But his actions failed me somewhere.
I can remember my first attempt to cook away from home; I made a call to my younger sister for direction on how to fry a stew. Well to the glory of the lord, I succeeded in not burning down the house. Even dad will now call to ask me how am surviving with food. One day I had to remind him of how much he never wanted to see me in the kitchen. I quietly told him “You made me lazy with cooking”. We laughed over it and he encouraged me to go and learn.
Learning is not the issue, but the time to submit to the process is the matter. Nevertheless, technology came to the rescue. YouTube videos are my cooking friends but they require internet data which sometimes are not available. I have also gotten gifts of e-books on cooking from concerned friends but that’s not enough. Am still not a good cook. Right now I am looking for a mobile application that has offline video features, suggest recipe and help me make orders of the recipes from my favorite stores. More so if there is a robot that can do that, please let me know.
With the fast evolution on web, Semantic Web and Linked Data will play a great role in curating video contents of what I want to cook per time. Same technology will also suggest recipes for the said dish and will auto suggest online grocery stores near me where I can order them and get them delivered in less than 30 minutes. The system should also give me the leverage of rating the stores which can be suggested to my friends via social networks.
Note: The videos will have to be accessible offline meaning the app should have the capability of saving them temporarily on my local device and auto delete them after 24 hours depending on my preferred settings.
I think the fact that I am lazy at cooking or even learning the art is just a personal and an outrageous excuse to avoid it. What has cooking done to me?
The sad part is that cooking is a wonderful skill to have. Not only does it save you time and money on food, it can also contribute to better health, bring you closer to friends and family, and be a great creative outlet for stress.
You don’t have to love cooking, but knowing the basics and feeling competent in the kitchen can open a world of opportunity to improve your quality of life. Cooking should be fun and at the every least every guy should learn how to cook, it will pay sometime. You wouldn’t be needing a robot like I do now.
I will like to know what you think.