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    Posted August 5, 2014 by
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    Who taught you to love food?

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    It Starts In The Home

    For me my passion of cooking began in the home. I grew up out bush where there was no take away or fast food or even a supermarket around the corner. No, our food had to be ordered and brought in via the train. This meant that all of our meals each and every night were home cooked. Off course Mum had her I couldn't be bothered nights and that would sometimes consist of sausages on bread with sauce. However, even in my 30's a sausage on bread with sauce is still a favourite of mine.
    Mum always made sure that we kids were allowed to be involved, especially when it came to licking the bowl. At a young age Mum would work, which was only across the road so was left to my own demise. She always sternly stated not to cook anything. However, I don't know too many kids who actually do as they are told. No sooner would she walk out the front door I was in the kitchen whipping up a storm. I never read recipes, but just had a natural knack for putting ingredients together and producing something that was actually edible.
    Another fond memory that played a part in my passion was when it came to birthdays. Each and every year we always received a homemade birthday cake that usual came out of the Women Weekly Cake book. I am sure there are many of you who know the book I am talking about. My Mum would make the cakes, while my Dad was always the one that decorated.
    Now as an adult and with my own children I make sure that I follow the footsteps of my Mum and involve my children in the cooking process. My daughter who is now 3 has been helping me in the kitchen since she was about 18 months old. I think a passion for food and the ability to cook is a great skill that all children should have. It is a skill that is fun, educational and will follow them into adulthood when they have to fend for themselves.
    Do you spend time teaching your kids to cook?
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