Facebook “Cooking”, not for the faint of heart!
Okay, so you open up your Facebook page, you begin to scroll down, and suddenly you are confronted with yet another shared recipe from one of your many virtual friends who claims this recipe is nothing short of outstanding. The picture of the “food item” looks , well, slightly amorphous, unidentifiable, like something out of a B movie. Nevertheless your curiosity is aroused and now you must click on See more, so you can actually look at the entire list of ingredients. As a foodie, you become increasingly horrified as each ingredient line details a jar, a can or a box of something that is necessary to produce what the post claims to be “the best____________ ever.” Apparently, when combined in the right proportions with the right meat of course, your boxes,cans and jars will supposedly yield a “delicious” end product.
I would often like to respond to these posts with a sarcastic remark such as “that’s not cooking, it’s called combining” or “given the quantities of preservatives in your assortment of boxes, jars and cans, what you are creating is more like a chemical experiment. Certainly posting commentary as snobbish as that would most likely cause me to be the recipient of a flurry of snide remarks or worse a multitude of “defriendments“-maybe this wouldn’t be so bad-just kidding. Is defriendments even a word?
At this point it would be prudent of me to say that I am not really as snobby as I sound. My issue lies with those “recipes” that are not really a recipe, since they don’t involve the artful combination of good ingredients and culinary savvy that real cooking entails. I think anyone has the potential to become a good cook, even if his/her culinary repertoire is limited. My advice to all those who say “I can’t cook” is “Yes you can!!” Start out with a couple of simple things and follow instructions to a tee. As you get more comfortable, try more challenging things. Learning to cook doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and patience and in many cases trial and error. Keep it simple and please, by all means: No “Facebook Cooking”!