I didn't learn to cook until I was in my 20s. When I was growing up there was too much to do outside and neither I nor my sister wanted to be in the kitchen while my grandmother, mother, aunts, etc. were preparing food and cooking. Although, I always made my rounds throughout the day to grab a snack or two and often overheard or was forced to hear tips of the trade. My best friend's grandmother, otherwise known as Nana, cooked alot in my house when I was a child. My grandmother died when I was very young and Nana is the one I remember cooking the most when I was a child while my mother helped my father run their restaurant. I never really knew the difference between stainless, cast iron, cast aluminum, etc. I just knew that the food that I ate every night was absolutely delicious. It was mainly Cuban food, my mother's side of the family, and alot of it was cooked in a pressure cooker. There was also alot of Spanish food, my stepfather's side of the family, which I mainly ate at my parent's restaurant.
When I started experimenting with recipes and actually cooking I was twenty-something. At the same time I started cooking I started to get familiar with this thing called patience. I was never patient as a young girl but when I started cooking I learned that the best foods were baked in the oven and not cooked in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop and, therefore, required patience. Lasagna became my favorite food to bake and I got pretty good at it. I would bake lasagna at least once a week and experiment with all sorts of foods that I could bake in the oven. All of this time I was using hand-me-down pots and pans that were made with non-stick surfaces or were cast aluminum (from my parent's restaurant). I used my first cast iron pan in 1985 and became a fan except I didn't, and still don't, like how heavy cast iron is compared to the cast aluminum pans that I was used to. I also started using stainless steel in the late 80's and I was perplexed by it. My patience reached a new level while I was accomplishing the art of cooking with stainless steel. It took quite some time to get used to stainless steel and my new level of patience but I accomplished it without giving in and now I am all the better for it and so are the foods I cook in my stainless steel pans ;)
Life is exactly that way. It will take you a long time while you are going through life to accomplish the patience you need but, when you get older, when things slow down a bit, when YOU slow down a bit, you will appreciate the patience that you have acquired along the way.
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