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Simple Secret to Better Meals – By One Who Barely Knows How to Cook

If I want to have better meals, someone once advised, I should learn to cook. Good suggestion. But try as I might, I couldn't quite get the hang of food preparation. Spotting a good meal may be easy for me to do; making one is an entirely different matter. Surely, I can manage to scramble an egg and make an omelet; I can also fry fish. But that's about all there is to my cramped repertoire of culinary skills.

One reason for my cooking limitations, I guess, is that for the most part of my life, I heavily depended on others for preparing my food. And I have kind of become helpless without that arrangement.

In college, I learned to endure days feeding on fried egg for breakfast, lunch, and supper. It didn't bother me if some months the school cafeteria served beans for weeks on end. Teetering on a shoestring budget, I couldn't complain about the kind of food I got.

After graduation, I began to dream of eating better-tasting food. So I got a good-enough job and earned just enough money to buy me the food I wanted.

Still, I didn't learn to cook.

Well, I thought if I couldn't learn how to cook, I'd marry an expert cook!

I did. And with a newly acquired missus, I could now utilize somebody else's culinary expertise for free. My wife's not a pro with the wok, but she cooks much better than I do. The kitchen's her turf.

Culinary Break

And yet, even an expert cook who loves to do her thing in the kitchen may beg for time off her culinary routine.

Consider this recurring scenario at my home. At the end of a long and hard day's work, my wife and I would come home within minutes of each other.

“What's for supper, Honey?” I'd ask.

“I don't know, Honey. I've just come home from work, and I'm too tired to cook,” she would reply.

After a while, she'd suggest, “Let's just have instant noodles tonight.”

“But we have that stuff for supper for nearly a week now,” I'd protest.

“Well, we can have a different flavor this time. Which would you prefer - chicken or beef?”

Uh-oh.

It would be useless haggling with a tired and equally hungry missus, so I'd lie, “Fine with me.”

And so for days on end, we'd thrive on instant food. Not that I abhor noodles. It's just that when you have them night after night after night, you kind of get tired of them.

Please understand that my wife and I like good meals we prepare ourselves. We'd like them to daily adorn our dining table. We also think home-cooking is safe, economical, and fun.

But after full days at the office, we barely have the energy to utter simple words, much less frolic around the kitchen with a ladle and pan.

Dealing With the Dilemma

Lately I've discovered a surefire way to deal with the problem. Invite someone over for dinner.

Nothing motivates me and my wife to prepare good food like the fear of people finding out how we really eat.

And it works wonders! We suddenly have the muscle and nerve to wear an apron and dance with pans and ladles. We even find the energy and time to navigate our rickety car through clogged streets to the nearest supermarket to buy missing ingredients.

Murmurs of budgetary constraints get drowned by the kitchen bustle. Suddenly we have money to throw left and right.

As if by magic, table napkins gingerly find their way to strategic places on the immaculate dining table. Sparkling forks and spoons come paired with equally sparkling table knives. Even the expensive china locked up for God-knows-how-many centuries in some secret cupboard come out from hiding.

In the twinkling of an eye, our dinner table teems with delectable food fit for a king. And everybody is happy.

There's a verse in the Bible that talks about what this act of inviting someone over into your house for a meal can do to your, well, meals. In fact, inviting Someone to share a place in our dinner table may be the secret to having better life.

That Someone stands at your heart's door and knocks. He says, “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” I believe Christ's presence at your dinner table will cause a significant change in your life.

Who knows, if you're like me, you may even learn to cook. Finally.

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