I can use a frying pan and make pasta but that’s about it.
I’m very much a chuck it all in one frying pan/wok/casserole dish/saucepan merchant. Too many instructions and timings and I can get thrown. Another big problem organising myself to prepare a menu plan and buy the ingredients.
So, you eat only pizza? JK
I’m a pretty good cook now but I used to be a so-so cook as a mother. I had not be interseted in food for long , long time when I was young. That’s why I was not good at it. However after I got the diagnosis my life has changed so much including my view of doing cooking. Now I take it as my priority duty because I hope my husband and my son enjoy what I cooked for them. It seems to me kitchen is the last place I can show my ability. I think when you have Sz, you may not be able to be a good teacher, a good accountant or other professioners, but you can be a good cook at home. Cooking yummy food for my family makes me happy now.
Cooking is no big mysterious thing. It does takes practice to get half-way decent at it though but following a recipe is not that hard. It does take a little investment for the equipment needed and it does help to have plenty of staples on hand like chicken broth and spices.
But if you ever built model airplanes or cars when you were a kid a recipe is basically the same. A recipe lists every ingredient you will need and the quantity and what tools you will need, it lists the steps in order and methodically takes you through the process from start to finish. If you can read, than you can cook.
Sometimes a recipe will list a term you do not understand but its simple to look it up online to get an explanation. Example: I did not know what a “double boiler” was. I looked it up and found out it is a pot with another pot that sits on top of it. It’s used to melt chocolate for certain desserts. I had to look up “saute” and so on.
But you can go online or buy a paper cookbook that will have strictly “easy recipes” or “simple recipes”. Try some of those and once you got those down move onto more complicated fancy dishes and desserts.
Try to master a few very basic recipes, and then if you like, you can expand on it. If not, basic is still good.
If you cook the same thing once a week, you will eventually probably get good at it.
What do you want to make?
I don’t know, I don’t even know where to start ! It’s just when @firemonkey posted his recipes earlier I wished I had the wherewithal to actually make them.
I get tired, so i like things that don’t require a lot of chopping or stirring or washing.
I buy cut up chicken, with the bone and skin on, and roast it with butter and salt and pepper. That also lends itself well to roasted Brussels sprouts or cauliflower, and that’s good because they can go in at the same oven temp. Basically no measuring either. And only the cutting up of the vegetables, if I don’t buy precut.
I’ve heard that some people with schizophrenia become unable to cook due to the illness, but if you just don’t know how, I guess you just need to know the basics. Just cook some basic (and easy) dishes. That’s where I started as a kid.
Kitchen is probably my most favorite place in my apartment. As a home cook for over 20 years, I now try to learn easier ways to cook. For example I can use the rice cooker to make some dishes. This way I can save my energy. Cooking is hard work but is great for your cognition!
I dont cook very much, my motivation to do so is just so low so i eat other things most of the time.
I can’t cook well either or maybe it’s more that I don’t like to cook because it takes too long.
I mainly eat uncooked things like salads and sandwiches that are quick and easy to make. I also eat some frozen microwave meals such as vegetarian pasta.
I have tried cooking some simple recipes recently that were pretty good, such as zucchini pasta (where thinly sliced zucchini ribbons are used in place of pasta).
I too know how to prepare a pasta meal, I don’t have the patience to follow a recipe.
I know the basics and do light cooking.
Here is something very simple but effective concerning cooking pasta.
After you cook the pasta, put it it in the pan wherein you have your sauce.
Stir for a few minutes before taking it to the plate; this will allow the pasta to absorb the sauce.
I don’t like cooking, but I would like to be able to live independently and so do my own household chores, and that includes, alas, cooking.
I would also like to adopt at least one child, and have some income.
All this in my home country, Israel.
I don’t cook. Sandwiches and cereal here.
High five @anon20613941. Sandwiches and oatmeal are some of my main staples.
Don’t like to cook either, but I wanna eat healthy.
So once in a week I take a huge cooking pot and make a kilo of whole rice and freeze it.
The next day I cut the usual veggies -
broccoli, pepper and onions and add other stuff for diversity and freeze it too.
During the week I prepare meals by throwing some frozen rice in an oiled pan, adding gluten-less soy because why the hell not (sodium is love), and the veggies of course. and 2 eggs. most of the time.
It takes 10 minutes to prepare a healthy and, most of the time, delicious meal.
Cooking is so much fun !! just follow simple recipes and you can get started !!
I make one mean poptart