One of the most talked about aspects of becoming a wife is cooking for the husband. Maybe it's a southern thing, but during our engagement I continuously heard, "Jordan, now you've got someone to cook for you!", or, "Ashley, are you excited to use all of your new cookware for Jordan?" It's like people don't realize that I also eat. If not more.
But seriously, yes, I am excited to cook for Jordan. What most people don't know is that I had never cooked for him at all until two weeks before our wedding. So, no, he wasn't marrying me for my cooking (or cleaning) skills! Thankfully, he would love me even if I didn't do those things. :) But I will, and I am, doing those things. And, yes, I am enjoying it, because it's not just for me.
I have never liked to cook. Probably because I haven't really tried that much. Sure, I've helped my mom out, but that's different. She guided and directed everything. And I do love to bake delicious items such as cookies and cupcakes. But I guess we can't always eat cookies and cupcakes. What a shame. During the past few years I've relied on highly nutritious foods such as Bagel Bites and Ramen noodles. Although Jordan does enjoy Bagel Bites, I am not planning on making that one of our staple meals. Therefore, I am now learning to cook for us through experience, and I know it will be a trial and error process!
Before we got married, the one time that I cooked for him was when I was having a really bad, stressful day, and I knew the best way to make it better would be to do something sweet for Jordan. It always cheers me up to do something for him that I know he will like. Well, I didn't know he would like my cooking but I was feeling confident for some reason and just went for it. I grilled some chicken and made some bread and salad. It was not too bad If I do so say so myself. I'm sure it encouraged him so he didn't have to live on faith alone for our household cooking future.
Last week, the first home cooked meal that I made was the classic but tasty dinner of tacos!
I was rather pleased with how they turned out. Not that tacos are difficult to make in any way, but it was a great start. The husband thoroughly enjoyed them and also ate the leftovers the next day. (Leftovers are awesomeee!)
So, obviously, I'm not trying to jump into any crazy fancy recipes immediately. That would probably be a bad idea. I'm just taking baby steps and soon I will be the master chef of the Shelley family. (Jordan is a great cook...he has cooked for me multiple times...so I have to work hard to pass him eventually!)
Tonight I will be using the aid of Hamburger Helper. Apparently, through conversations with many of my friends, Hamburger Helper has been eaten a lot in their lifetimes. I, on the other hand, have NEVER had it. Ever. So I am eager to see how it turns out. I am thankful for any help, so a box that says "helper" sounds good to me. I will let you know how it goes! Hopefully Jordan will like it after a long day of traveling and climbing! (He modifies and climbs cell phone towers if you didn't know that.)
Any advice or encouragement from any other newlyweds, or oldlyweds, is appreciated! I am thankful for my mother and mother-in-law who are excellent cooking examples for me, and will gladly soak up any advice from anyone else! Thank you, and God bless you and your kitchen. :)