So I had this thought the other day: what if I could teach our friend's daughter how to cook? She is eighteen and will (possibly) be moving away from home soon. I don't know her plans, and I don't know what her Mother has taught her, and I would never presume to know more than her Mother, but if I were eighteen, I would like to learn from someone else, if for no other reason than it got me out of my house.
So I offered to teach her how to cook. Once a week, at my house. And I can't wait to get started! I am in the process now of gathering information and making a little booklet for her with instructions, what kind of cookware she needs, different kinds of knives, utensils etc. The book will also have categories of basic cooking techniques, how to stock a pantry, and recipes that we will do together that will form the basis for her future kitchen.
I have always wished that my Mom had been alive when I started learning how to cook. So, I am using my (talent??) mad skillz in the kitchen to teach the younger women. Of course my three little sous chefs will be tagging along with us, though will not be participating per se. I can't wait! We get started on Tuesday next week just before lunch time. And since she is a homeschooled child, I would like this to be an organized class that counts toward her school hours.
All of this brings me to ask: what tips can you contribute to our book? What was the first thing you learned to make? What do you wish you had known about cooking before you actually had to jump in and just 'do it'? I welcome any and all hints, tips and advice.
And I'll let you know how we're doing.
Have I mentioned that I am excited?!?