Love Lessons We’ve Learned from Cooking

Good food — and the process of preparing it — not only nurtures the body, it also feeds the soul. It’s a lot like love, in a way.

There’s a lot more to learn from cooking than how to perfectly poach an egg or bake a breakfast crumble.

Here, we chart some of the life — and love — lessons we’ve learned in the kitchen, the heart of the home.

Don’t judge a book (or fruit, or person!) by its (or their) cover

Ever given a pomegranate the eye while wandering around a supermarket? Probably not. They’re rather plain-looking, and don’t appear any more appetizing if you spot one growing in the wild.

But cut the deep purple fruit open, and it’s a whole different story. The glossy seeds shine like rubies and they enliven both sweet and savory dishes, hot and cold. Scatter them on a salad, for example, or add them to a feta pizza topping. Whichever way you use them, you’ll no doubt be smitten.

It’s the same when it comes to love. Don’t judge people by the outside cause you’ll never know what you’ll get!

Trust your instincts

There’s a reason why “trust your gut” is a common sentiment across cultures. Your gut is telling you something, so listen up!

Met someone new who strikes your fancy? It helps to rely on your initial instincts until you’ve spent enough time with them to really know if they’re the one for you.

The same thing happens when you’re trying a recipe for the first time. Years of experience can help you decide whether you can improve a recipe by substituting a particular ingredient, for example. But your gut can also help you — if adding an unexpected addition to a recipe just feels right to you don’t be afraid to explore and try it.

Don’t take things for granted

It can be tempting to shut the oven door and walk away assuming everything’s going to work out perfectly. But sometimes it’s worth peering through, to check how things are getting on. Your casserole might have boiled dry, your soufflé might have collapsed or you might have accidentally extinguished the gas when you slammed the oven door shut.

Neither should you assume that everything is well with your relationship just because you can’t smell fire. Check in with your partner regularly and ask them how they feel things are between you. Then decide together how to make any adjustments. As any pastry chef will tell you, it’s much easier to fix things before they collapse.