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10 things you can relate to if you're trying (and failing) to learn how to cook

Why does it always end up on fire somehow?

LEARNING TO COOK is a skill that we all need to learn. However, some of us (like me) refused to do it until we absolutely had to. Is this a sign that my parents should have kicked me out years ago? Probably.

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Leaving that aside, there are many feelings that we share about learning how to cook for the first time. Here are just ten of them.

1. You really enjoy researching different recipes online.

You’re browsing BBC Food or Mob Kitchen, marking the things you’re definitely going to try and getting very excited about the whole thing.

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2. And then you realise you need to buy the ingredients.

I need coconut milk and prawns. PRAWNS ARE HOW MUCH?

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3. Then you get home and realise you forgot something.

Or that you don’t own a vital tool for the recipe like a hand blender or a cheese grater.

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4. You know you’re supposed to prepare everything in advance.

You know like measuring out your ingredients, chopping all your vegetables and making sure the meat is fully defrosted.

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5. But then it all falls apart and descends into utter chaos.

You forget to chop an onion or grate your cheese (because you bought a cheese grater finally) and suddenly your sauce is burning and everything is suddenly on fire.

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6. You manage to bring it back though and somehow it comes together.

Ok it might be a bit burnt, but it’s still edible right?

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7. You serve it up, hoping nobody notices the burnt bits.

You look at them, hoping that they won’t be too mean and hurt your feelings because you’re TRYING.

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8. And if they’re eating it, it can’t be that bad.

Once they don’t get food poisoning of course. But hey, they CHOSE to eat it!

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9. You feel quite pleased with yourself.

Until you remember that you’ve to do the whole thing again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day and the day after that.

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10. Fuck it, we’ll get a takeaway so.

Chinese, Indian or pizza lads?

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