Don’t you ever join any locally organized cooking class when you travel. Here’s why.
Those local cooking class did influence me in many ways. And I hate it when I realised that I didn’t travel enough to experience more.
Now I Can Make Your New Favourite Dish at Home, and I Hate It. Now I have to cook for supper too. My family loves food and now I can create and be flexible on my food spread. Before, I used to struggle on what to prepare for them especially when it comes to lunch, tea and dinner time. But now no more. I have a lot of food varieties I can choose from, thanks to my learning experience when I travel. Not many people loves to go to the locally organised cooking classes when they travel. The best part is, our family now is looking forward to supper too! I have always loved the Thai and Malaysian food and after taking a cooking class in Krabi and Penang Island. I can now make spring rolls, som tam (spicy papaya salad), fish head curry, tom kha gai (coconut soup) and mutton soup ala Indian Muslim whenever I get a craving. Who needs bread and cheese anymore?
Now Discover New Ingredients, and I Hate It. I came to a point where my creativity can’t be stopped. Getting into a cooking boredom at home is too easy of late. One way is by making the same old dishes and buy the same stuff at groceries story years after years. Not many people realise that there are so many other items that end up getting overlooked simply because they’re unfamiliar. Many cooking classes that I get involved with when I travel to certain places was that, there was a trip to a local market to pick out ingredients and learn about the local produce, herbs and spices. Having taken cooking classes in both Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, my repertoire of flavours and ingredients has grown immensely and my grocery cart is now a lot more colourful because of what I learned.
I Always Feel Inspired to Cook, and I Hate It. Uninspiring version of me, please come back. Nothing inspire me more than seeing people I loved lick their plates clean. Trying new things is very inspiring and can go a long way toward spurring me on to want to testing it what I’ve learned once I get home. I feel more excited about food and the possibilities for creating dishes that remind you of your travels. Singapore, I am coming back!
Now I Know More About Various Cultures Around The World, and I Hate It. I’m not travelling enough. Frankly I learned a lot about the local culture by the foods they eat, how they eat it and how the preparation looks like. When I took local cooking classes, I’m touched by the lives of the people where I was — something that’s important if you want to travel with more of a purpose. I always love the part where we all went to the local groceries store which is another way to get a real sense of how people live and interact with one another there.
Now I Have Lots Of New Friends Everywhere In The World, and I Hate It. Now wherever I go, people may know me. For me, a cooking class is a great venue for creating friendships and meeting new people. In the class, with the hands-on environment, the conversation among us and laughter came easily. I’m sure with the like minded people like me, the connections between us travellers will last longer.