(Closed) Bee's in their 20's

posted 5 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

sway0060:  I cook at least 4 times a week sometimes more depending on the week. Its all about finding things that fit into your schedule and that you can cook well. Fo example, in the winter time I’m all about homemade soup. It’s so simple, quick, easy and most importanly tasty!! Being a full time wife, mommy, employee and student, I have to use my time wisely.

Post # 47
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

sway0060:  I never cook, literally NEVER.  We eat out all the time or “fend for ourselves” which means opening the cupboards and making something… usually toast, a cup of cereal, etc.  We are children. ๐Ÿ™‚  If my husband told me he’d like me to learn to cook I’d tell him to move back in with his Martha Stewart-esque momma.

Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

sway0060:  Yup, I cook for us almost every night. So far this week we have had broccoli, beef, mushroom and tofu stirfry. Cabbage and sausage ( traditional ukrainian for my FI), I will be making a whole roast chicken tonight with roasted sweet potatoes, and thursday/fri we are having beef roast with sauteed bok choy.

On any given week day we eat any of the above recipes as well as coconut curry, cabbage rolls, salmon, grilled chicken breast, pork chops. We aren’t picky at all but everything I cook at home is Gluten Free as my Fi is Celiac.

 

FYI i am 25

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by  missjz. Reason: Edited to share age
Post # 49
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I like to cook but don’t really have time to often.  I highly recommend a crock pot if you’re just starting out as you can make so much in them!  Chicken stir fry is very easy too.  I have the allrecipes app on my phone and it’s great, they also have a website.

Post # 50
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Helper bee

sway0060:  I am twenty and I love to cook and to bake. Trust me a lot of stuff tastes better from scratch/homemade. I have grown up around cookinbg but still have some learning to do as well. Fiance can cook a few meals lol but he prefers I make most things. I would suggest starting out with pancakes. They are one of the simplest things to learn how to make from scratch. I love the idea a pp said about the crockpot! It will work wonders esp while you are just starting out. Pm me for recipes if you’d like ๐Ÿ™‚ or any questions

Post # 51
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Helper bee

Also my Momma always said you can’t mess up chili

Post # 52
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Blushing bee

I used to hate to cook. I have had several homes that I didn’t really use the kitchen. Since my current Boyfriend or Best Friend and I moved in to our home in January I have started cooking a lot more. I use pinterst for a lot of recipes as well his his mom and my mom. I actually made my first lasagna without a recipe the last night and tried a steak marinade this morning for steak salads. I plan our menu out in advance and tend to try to prep things in advance at least. It doesn’t always work out but we were spending an outragous amount of money eating out. My advice is to start small and simple and work your way up. If you fail at something it happens. I ruined a 20 dollar piece of roast this week because  I overcooked it. So we ended up ordering a 30 dollar takeout dinner. Nothing like spending 60 dollars on dinner because you coudn’t read a recipe right…and yes, I’m still mad about it.

Post # 53
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve been told im lucky. Ever since I was tall enough to see over the counter my mom would have me watch while she cooked and would recite our family recipes and culture recipes every time we would talk about food. 

So even on the first time that I had to cook for myself, I already knew what to do. It was messy and tougher than I thought but I knew what to do thanks to my mom. 

Even to this day, she still makes sure I boil water properly lol 

I know my mother better than I know myself, and it’s a fact that she didn’t ever purposely try to teach me how to cook, she just loved my company and gave her an excuse to chat while cooking.  I love her. 

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We do a mixture of “box cooking” and cooking from scratch. I work evenings a lot and Fiance has to fend for himself sometimes, but when I have time and feel up to it, I like to cook big meals from scratch and try new recipes. FI’s favorite thing that I make is pineapple chicken curry, and it’s pretty easy.

Post # 55
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

sway0060:  Being a full time student and working on top of that, I rarely feel like cooking a real meal. My Fiance and I will usually alternate who will cook and they will generally be simple meals unless it is a weekend or special occasion. Hope this helps! 

Post # 56
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Bumble bee

sway0060:  I cook pretty regularly.  Right now I’m not working (we just moved and I’m applying to schools) so I’ve been cooking a lot more.  I LOVE my crockpot.  It makes the best meals and it’s so easy.  Also very little clean up!! Go to pinterest and search for crockpot recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 57
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Sugar bee

sway0060:  When I moved in my first appartment at age 19, I started rather simply, replicating a few easy recipes from my mother’s cookbook. I also ate a lot of pasta ! Then, as I gradually mastered more and more techniques, I became more curious, and I started cooking more difficult meals and trying different veggies and meats (if you eat them). Don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s a learning process that can take time. You will get better as you practice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I use a weekly schedule to plan our meals (I make sure the leftovers on weeknights become the next day’s lunch). This way, I can stick to a groceries’ list that doesn’t allow me to buy everything and anything : I just pick up what I need. You will save a lot of money by avoiding frozen meals (and you’ll eat better, too).

To prevent us from eating out too much, Fiance and I discussed the type of meals we usually enjoy eating out and we included them to our weekly schedule (using themes). Our Friday night became ”International” meal night, where we choose if we want to eat a recipe that’s Italian, Asian, Indian, French, etc. On Sunday, it’s English breakfast at 11 am. And our Wednesday night is our Fast food night : we cook hamburgers, homemade pizzas or tacos. 

I like to use themes because it’s really a no brainer when it comes to planning. It only takes me a few minutes to come up with recipes for the whole week. Ultimately, you only need to have 2-3 recipes of each category on hand, so you can rotate throughout the month. A few ideas to get you started :

– Using a type of meat : Red Meat, Poultry, Fish or Seafood, Giblets, Deli …

– Using a mode of cooking : BBQ, Crockpot, Microwave, No cooking required …

– Using a type of meal you’d like to include : Pasta, Burgers, Salad, Soup, Sandwich, Pizza, Vegeterian …

– Using a type of food you enjoy (Ethnic/International)

– Using a fun theme and make it a challenge or an opportunity to try new things : New Ingredient, New Recipe, Cheeses, Fondue … 

Have fun !

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