I think we can all agree that sometimes cooking feels like a chore, and it can be temping to call it quits and settle for take-out. But if you love cooking, you know that the simple act of preparing and eating a home-cooked meal can also be very rewarding. So, redditor u/SigmaSixShooter asked, "What's your simple pleasure while cooking?" Here's what people said.
1."When I'm just sweating some garlic and onion and that smell hits. Mmmmm."
2."That feeling when someone else walks into my kitchen and says, 'Omg that smells amazing.'"
9."Slicing into the jiggly, soft yolk of a perfect six-minute egg and cutting that egg into two perfect halves. Then adding it yolk-half up to a bowl of ramen, a big salad, or a piece of avocado toast."
10."Listening to a podcast while I cook with nobody else in the kitchen. It's complete serenity."
11."I love finding cheap ingredients (for example, a tough cut of meat like short ribs) and making something fantastic with it through the many tricks I’ve picked up over the years."
12."That satisfying sizzle when your protein hits a perfectly preheated pan, and the smell that directly follows. It's like a mental cue that says, 'Alright! We're off and running!' But that sound...I love that part of cooking."
13."I weirdly love the process of grocery shopping. I find it therapeutic, ritualistic, relaxing, and even fun. For me, the process of going to the market and picking out ingredients with my own two hands (the perfect banana, the right bunch of carrots or bundle of kale) is half the fun of cooking."
14."I love how when I step into the kitchen to make a proper meal, my brain slows down to focus on the cooking and I stop overthinking all other aspects of my life. And at the end of that relaxing time, I get a tasty meal to boot."
15."Frying eggs sunny side up or over easy. It's the zen of perfecting a simple technique."
16."Being able to make good food and enjoy it with others is a beautiful feeling, especially when you can share something you love like a great wine or a new recipe. Sharing it with people creates this memory, and when you smell or taste or see that food again, it brings you back to a moment."
17."Clean-out-the-fridge night. Every once in a while when the kitchen is getting unruly, I tell my husband that dinner is choose-your-own-adventure, and we each just make whatever we want from what's in the fridge and freezer. It's one of the most satisfying kinds of meals to me, and has the added bonus of cleaning out the kitchen."
18."Taking my sweet time cooking on a weekend. Yes, I'm going to take two hours to make supper tonight because I'll be enjoying the process at a leisurely pace."
19."I love the day-before-pay-day concoctions or the Sunday stew where you throw everything into a pot and see what comes out. It's the best!"
20."Cooking for myself with no one to impress or account for. Sometimes, I love just cooking a solo meal on a leisurely night when I can experiment with a new ingredient or recipe with no pressure whatsoever."
25."I love the colors of cooking — the rainbow hues of a bunch of different vegetables, the change in color when cooking spices (I'm looking at you garam masala) or the swirl of cream when you gently stir it into a sauce."
26."When my husband walks into the kitchen and says, 'Let me do those dishes.' It's quite possibly the sexiest statement ever uttered in the kitchen."
27."Discovering other cultures through food and cooking. I may not have a Persian restaurant where I live, but I have a great Persian cookbook and have been learning the cultural recipes through it. Food is so deeply tied to culture that cooking is basically the cheapest way to travel."
28."There's nothing better than every chewing in silence (then moaning at how good it tastes). That's the best, when everyone is shutting up at the table and eating your food and loving it."