Hi everyone. I'm Jinta from Japan.
In this article, I would like to share with you my thoughts on the merits of making cooking a hobby for dads.
I'm a father of two sons, and my hobby is "cooking".
Isn't there a reason why we like hobby? For example, if you ask a classical music lover, "Why do you like classical music?". They can talk about the merits of classical music, but why they like it may be a slightly different question. It is a matter of taste. Just as there is no reason for sweets lover to like sweets.
However, if you look into the roots of why you like something, you will find that there is a rational reason for it. In my case, it is the reason why my hobby is cooking.
In this article, I'm going to delve into the reasons why my hobby is cooking. As I delved deeper, I found that it led to "benefits" and a rational reason why cooking is my hobby.
So let's get started!
- The Benefits of Cooking as a Hobby for Dads
- My family will love it.
- Customers will love it.
- It's a food education.
- Become smarter
- You can save your pocket money.
- You can have a financial sense of food costs.
- No need for expensive tools.
- Have fun at home
- Don't need a lot of space
- I can eat what I want.
- You can relieve stress at the supermarket.
The Benefits of Cooking as a Hobby for Dads
My family will love it.
This should go without saying. It would be a lot easier for moms if dads could take care of some of the household chores. Cooking is one of the most troublesome chores. Cooking starts with thinking about the menu. From that moment on, you have to process a huge amount of information. It's a kind of set-up. You also have to think about the cost of living and make sure nothing goes to waste. If dads can take care of this, it's easier for moms.
It also makes the kids happy. When I stand in the kitchen, the kids are curious as to what I am going to cook today. The food cooked as a hobby is often a little more elaborate, so it's a different kind of enjoyment from regular meals. And above all, there is the joy of eating something that Dad has made. It's a natural feeling to be happy because he made it for us.
I don't want to use a bad analogy, but you wouldn't think of thanking me for my hobby of swinging a golf ball, would you?
Customers will love it.
When a dad serves the food, the guests are happy. After all, they are rare and valuable. Even if you're a dad who cooks on a regular basis, you'll probably have a hard time making food that you can serve to your guests. If you are a hobbyist cook, you may be able to cook for guests. If you enjoy cooking as a hobby, your skills will naturally increase. You will be able to make entertaining dishes.
It's a food education.
In our family, the image of the person who cooks our sons' meals is mom and dad. They don't feel uncomfortable with their fathers doing the cooking, it's quite normal. Also, my sons are interested in cooking. I think they already have a sense that it is a necessary part of life. When I am standing in the kitchen, they will come alongside me to help and touch the ingredients. Especially when I am around fish, they are interested in the grotesque parts such as the blood and guts coming out of the fish. This is something they can't learn from the fillets that are sold.
You need to be smart to be able to cook well. From the moment you buy the ingredients, your mind is working at full speed towards the goal of making the finished product delicious. The important thing to remember is that if you don't layer the work process well, you will waste a lot of time and the result will not be tasty.
Pasta is an easy example to understand. It is at its best when the finished sauce and the boiled noodles match perfectly. If the noodles are cooked, but the ingredients in the sauce are not heated, the result is that the noodles will be knobby.
In this way, you can imagine multiple work processes and match the finished product without wasting time. The more you repeat and practice this, the smarter you will become.
You can save your pocket money.
Are you spending your pocket money on hobbies?
What am I talking about? But if cooking is your hobby, you don't have to spend your pocket money on your hobby. Since it is a food expense, it is paid out of the household budget. Since you can enjoy your hobby with your family budget, you can save your allowance. Use the extra allowance for something else, such as buying clothes. It may sound petty, but for dads, it's a real benefit.
You can have a financial sense of food costs.
How much is Chinese cabbage these days? There are a lot of dads who can't answer that question. If you are one of these people, you may not even know what your family budget is. How much does your family spend on food each month? If you cook, you will have a better sense of your food budget. You will also realize how expensive eating out is. This kind of balanced financial sense is one of the advantages of making cooking a hobby. Cooking regular meals and packing lunches. You will understand how this contributes to a healthy family budget.
No need for expensive tools.
You generally do not need expensive tools to cook. The advantage is that you can start with what you have at home. What kind of expensive cooking tools are there? It's probably not very expensive.
I have three of my own kitchen knives, and they cost about 40,000 to 50,000 yen totally. I keep them clean and polished, and use them with care. As a man's hobby, I think they can be categorized as inexpensive, can't they?
Have fun at home
I can do my hobbies in the kitchen. You don't have to travel far to go to the mountains or to the beach. It doesn't cost a lot of money or energy. Also, when you don't have the energy to go outside, a hobby that you can do at home is a strong ally!
Don't need a lot of space
We think of the space in your house as money. Rent is what you pay for the space. In other words, wasting space means wasting money. I want to save the space in my house that my sons can effectively use for their future.
In this respect, cooking tools do not take up much space. They are always used in daily life, right? Also, I've never heard of large cooking utensils. I think that "something that fits in the kitchen" is the market size.
I can eat what I want.
This is also a surprisingly big advantage. The person who cooks can easily take control of the menu, so you can eat what you want with the flavor you like. It's fun to go to the supermarket and put what you want in your basket.
You can relieve stress at the supermarket.
For people whose hobby is cooking, shopping is a very enjoyable event. For such people, supermarkets are like theme parks. If you are an advanced shopper, you don't have to buy anything. It's not window shopping, it's window supermarket. It's just fun to look at. What I want to say is that it is easy to enjoy. Just looking at the ingredients in a supermarket or market can make you feel happy, and you can enjoy thinking, "I'll use that next time". A nearby supermarket can be a great place to relieve stress.
And the last thing I want to emphasize is that you can continue to do this even as you get older. If what you enjoy is something that you can continue to do even as you get older, you will be mentally healthy, because you won't have to worry about, "This is fun, but how long can I keep doing it? It's funny to think about what I'll be cooking when I'm 80 years old, standing in my kitchen. It's kind of funny when I think about it.
In this article, I have discussed and introduced the benefits of dads taking up cooking as a hobby in my own way.
When I unpacked the question, "Why do you take up cooking as a hobby?". I found a rational reason when I unpacked it. I think I have come to the hobby of "cooking" by subconsciously choosing and deciding what I want and don't want, based on my personality.