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    Cooking lessons

    Err...in the old days Orchi could swear that parents would also be the best teachers to teach their daughters n sons on culinary skills...n they would start doing so at their childrens' early ages...

    But these days...heard that many teens wouldn't even be able to cook a pot of rice to begin with...let alone cook a simple 3 course dinner for the family...

    or rather sadly...many young parents wouldn't feel comfortable to do so themselves...so always wanna eat out with family or just wanna tar pau back to makan...

    Ahem...where have all the good cooks gone to?

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    Re: Cooking lessons

    Quote Originally Posted by orchipalar
    Err...in the old days Orchi could swear that parents would also be the best teachers to teach their daughters n sons on culinary skills...n they would start doing so at their childrens' early ages...

    But these days...heard that many teens wouldn't even be able to cook a pot of rice to begin with...let alone cook a simple 3 course dinner for the family...

    or rather sadly...many young parents wouldn't feel comfortable to do so themselves...so always wanna eat out with family or just wanna tar pau back to makan...

    Ahem...where have all the good cooks gone to?
    A decent cook reporting in, SIR.

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    Re: Cooking lessons

    back in my schooldays, in other schools, only the slower students took domestic science whereas the smarter kids took accounts.
    my secondary school headmistress chose not to offer accounts or sains pertukangan or whatever it is called in school, thereby, effectively forcing us to take domestic science and learn how to cook and sew. she said that it's for our own good so that when we grow up, we can at least repair a button and cook simple meals.
    so true...

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    Err...those days...childrens were asked to prepare firewood...lit the kerosene stove...jaga api so to speak at very young ages...they were also asked to clean n prepare vegetable...meat...fish...onions...ginger...garlic etc etc...or asked to stand on stools to reach for the woks for frying eggs...fish...or stir fry rice or vegetable...etc etc...or even reach for the kettle to boil water...

    But these days...kids are asked to stay away from the kitchen...

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    thereby, effectively forcing us to take domestic science and learn how to cook and sew. she said that it's for our own good so that when we grow up, we can at least repair a button and cook simple meals.
    so true...


    Err...JayTea...yes that brings back fond memories...fixing a button on a shirt or a pair of torn pants...cook maggie mee...boil an egg or half boil it

    n even to the extent of boiling a salted egg...frying a salted ikan sepat to eat porridge with...hmmm...yummy!

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    Re: Cooking lessons

    Quote Originally Posted by orchipalar
    Err...those days...childrens were asked to prepare firewood...lit the kerosene stove...jaga api so to speak at very young ages...they were also asked to clean n prepare vegetable...meat...fish...onions...ginger...garlic etc etc...or asked to stand on stools to reach for the woks for frying eggs...fish...or stir fry rice or vegetable...etc etc...or even reach for the kettle to boil water...

    But these days...kids are asked to stay away from the kitchen...
    Not really . I teach my kids some cooking tips . Handle the kitchen knives and cleaning n washing . It was put to test a couple of times when the punishment for their misdeeds is to starve them for a meal . Wow ..what happen was the elder one whip up bulleye telor with franks n tuna fish . Telor goreng on their toast as well . Telor with chives fresh from the flower pot at the backyard .
    Mind you...he can clean the whole fridge if needed to . Guess what i'm the one that go starving lar.... and one weapon less to rely on .

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    Not really . I teach my kids some cooking tips . Handle the kitchen knives and cleaning n washing . It was put to test a couple of times when the punishment for their misdeeds is to starve them for a meal . Wow

    Wow indeed...good for your kids CCY...get them to experiment with preparing eggs alone can be fun n rewarding...

    Scramble em...add a pinch of salt n pepper...or fry em easy..err...sunny side up!...or even make an omelette out of em...hmmm...yummy!

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    I cook!!!! I love cooking and baking and will later make my kids help out in the kitchen. I truly believe in a balanced home cooked meal.
    Sham

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    I started cooking when I'm in Std 4. We used firewood to cook rice. And, the veges are FREE i.e. scraps from the market.

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    err...when i hear u guys talking about cooking, i really feel like kicking myself lar! Know why? bcoz my late mother was a good cook then and i enjoyed her food very much. When I was a young boy, she offered to teach me cooking but i was very lazy then and didn't want to soil my hands so didn't take it up. That time my elder sister was able to cook quite well too. So, i thought to myself then that even if my mum is not around i still have my sis and even if my sis is not around, my future wife should be able to cook for me mah!

    Well... little did i know that today, my sis still around but lived some 350 km away and my wife turned out to be not only not a good cook but also one who doesn't like to cook. So much so that my house today has not got a working kitchen now. The stove has somehow clogged up after years of unuse!

    ...and now what happens is my son who doesn't like to study or read (due to dyslexia) is now telling me that he likes very much to learn cooking! The irony is neither me nor my wife can teach him and further compounded by the house without a proper kitchen. We live by eating catered food on weekdays and eating out on weekends. I feel so sorry for my son, actually.

    So guys...better learn cooking when u r young, ok.

    I will appreciate very much if any of u good ppl in this forum can recommend me where i can send my son to learn about cooking. Heard that there is a baking class conducted in Blue Wave Hotel, Shah Alam this coming school hols and have already registered him for it. But what he wanted is real cooking ...not just baking wor! hmmm...
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    Nothing is better than starting them at home . Let them take part in preparing a meal . Washing n preparing vege ,goreng ikan always facinate this kids . Give them a chance to lay their hands on . Force them if needed . You never know when it will come in handy in their later years . Or when you are down n out one day , what is more refreshing than to find your kids cook you a hearty meal . I always tell them that everyone have to learn at least the basic cooking . Teach them how to cook something that can keep them away from starving when you are not around .
    The school that my elder boy came back from pri 5 one day relating to me how he fry a few eggs in school in one of his lesson . The teacher commended him for that n he jump up n down feeling so happy .

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    Err...AtomicFire...have no fear...by sending him to bakery course is going to be great for him...he could master the elementary but once he devotes greater interest n puts his own creativity n aspiration into it...wow...he could surely bake up a whirlwind...n a bright future shall await his talents...

    Ahem...err...not that Orchi's got one of course...Headache...yalor...remember those days back home in the kitchen stoves...either we ended up smelling like a burnt piece of wood or smelling like kerosene...heheheee...watch the firewood...gotta shift the burning firewood in time away...otherwise...family would be eating burnt n charcoal smelling rice for dinner...kena scolding from old man somemore...hahahaha

    I cook!!!! I love cooking and baking and will later make my kids help out in the kitchen. I truly believe in a balanced home cooked meal.

    Err...Shamalasp...heard in HongKong...in order to keep the husbands from 'eating' too much 'outside' food...the wives gotta really know how to brew up a soup storm at home...for their husbands to come back to...

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    And, the veges are FREE i.e. scraps from the market.

    Yes...remembering old times...Orchi's younger bro used to tag along when we were really young...n whenever mom ran out of vege money...both of us would head near to streams to pluck 'kankung'...or go around searching for puchok ubi kayu(masak gulai)..ubi keledek or puchok sayur manis...puchok kacang panjang to bring back home...sort out the tough ones...clean n wash em...n stir fry with ikan bilis or make soup out of em...hmmm...taugey...sawi...kobis...were considered as 'luxury' vege(s) those days...

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    Re: Cooking lessons

    i learnt 2 cook from my kai ma n my aunt wn i wuz a kid cuz both my parentz were workin n my brotherz dun cook wun.... hehehe...

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    Re: Cooking lessons

    Jaytea...... are you from Assunta too??!!

    Regarding cooking, I can't cook to save my life. My mom however is an excellent cook..... especially Penang Nyonya dishes. My mom told me to learn from her before 'its too late' ........ so I've asked my husband to learn from her .......

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