I've had to cook for myself since my Mom died in 1990 (In addition to relying on fast food, and frozen dinners, on occasion).
My first adventures in cooking occurred as a teen when I learned to scramble a truly MEAN egg (Actually three) sandwich for my breakfast, progressing to fixing my own Mac and cheese/tomato concoctions, and other things.
Of course I became expert at putting together peanut butter sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, & various lunch meat sandwiches and assorted other delicacies essential for a future bachelor’s very survival.
In 1995 a co-worker gave me a basic recipe for a rice and ground beef meal and 1 for fixing a Pot Roast.
God! Was I in heaven, or what? Chef Kiril was in his element! ;-D
Soon I was improvising additions to the 1st recipe and even to my Macaroni meals, and then buying my first crock pot. I also started buying various cookbooks hoping to expand my meal horizons.
In recent years I've mastered the Smoothie Machine, the Waffle Maker and a few other gadgets as well and I still have to explore those cookbooks!
After all, a man's gotta eat and if he lives alone he's gotta continually learn to cook for himself!
Because my income wasn’t the greatest and I had lots of bills and, later I spent so much of each day commuting to and from work, I let myself believe I didn’t have time to cook home meals, even with my Crock Pots.
As one might expect my weight went from a steady 178 to as high as 207lbs, earlier this year. I convinced myself that, even when I ate out, at my favorite Fast food places, I chose healthy options.
I am grateful for my reasonably good health (Exercise at the gym, and Physical Therapist from Jan. to May helped), and for the fact that the last 3 months of preparing, then moving to Houston, meant that I ate less, and more at home, and I now weigh 187lbs..
I am grateful for the chance to start fresh in Texas, and that includes the chance to finally explore my cookbooks, and use my Crock Pots and other gadgets, again but, for the moment I still have to watch my spending on groceries until I get a job.
I am grateful to my love of food, and interest in cooking for being the inspiration for some of my best, most amusing, entertaining, and thought provoking, writing over the years.
It is my goal to return to cooking at home as much as I used to when my Mom was alive, and in the 90's. :-D