Sometimes it's hard letting others cook for you, especially when you're a chef, but being stuck in the hospital has left me no choice.
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Letting Others Cook for You

Sometimes it’s hard letting others cook for you, especially when you’re a chef, but being stuck in the hospital has left me no choice. It has been a pretty rough month for us. I spent a total of 12 days in the hospital, and our baby girl was in the NICU for 14 days. We are finally home and enjoying the sleepless nights and the inevitable routine that comes with having a newborn. Yes, we’re actually enjoying it! After watching our tiny baby being poked, prodded, and stuck in an incubator for two weeks, her cries are as sweet as honey.

Sometimes it's hard letting others cook for you, especially when you're a chef, but being stuck in the hospital has left me no choice.

My mom flew in from Mexico to help out and she has graciously been taking care of all of our meals and other household duties. After almost 2 weeks of hospital food I welcomed my mom’s cooking with open arms. There’s only one problem, my mom is a little out of practice when it comes to cooking. She did cook for us when we were little, but once my dad opened the restaurant there was no longer a need to cook at home, growing up we ate most of our meals there.

I find that a lot of people are intimidated when they find themselves cooking for two food professionals, but honestly, you shouldn’t be. Do we have high standards when it comes to food? Of course we do, but all of us food professionals have something in common, we love to eat. This means we love to eat anything and everything, or we’ll try it at least once. Also, most of us have some manners and won’t really tell you your food sucks, unless you ask for our honest opinion, which would then sound something like this: ” The chicken was slightly over cooked, I like my rice with a bit more salt, and I prefer vegetables on the crunchy side.”

Sometimes it's hard letting others cook for you, especially when you're a chef, but being stuck in the hospital has left me no choice.

 

Sometimes it can be hard letting others cook for you, because it means giving up control. It means that the carrots won’t be cut into perfect small dice, and the beef won’t be cooked exactly the way you like it. However, I think that we, more than most, know first hand all the work that goes into cooking and are able to recognize and appreciate a good meal when we taste one. That’s why I am so grateful for my mom and her cooking. Even though she might be a little rusty in the cooking department, the love and care she is putting into our meals is something not easily replicated, even if it’s something as simple and comforting as chicken soup.

  • You’re so right – food professionals are actually much less fussy than people may think. And nothing really beats food that was cooked with love and care.
    Hope you and your baby stay healthy and happy. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by, baby and I are doing great!

  • Food professionals can appreciate every single detail but, I agree with your mom’s thoughts: cooking for a food professional can intimidate

    • We do love to eat though! Thanks for stopping by.

  • So glad your sweet newborn is okay and home. I loved what you said about cooking for professionals. I lived with a close friend who is a chef and I never cooked for her. But, I did learn a lot when helping in the kitchen! Now I love talking to her about recipes I’ve tried and asking her for tips. I was too intimated when we were roommates, but maybe someday soon I’ll take what you said into consideration and cook something for her.

    • Chefs spend so much of their time cooking it’s nice to have someone cook for you.

  • ahhh, this brings so many lovely memories of when my mommy would spend time taking care of me right after the births of my children. God Bless your little princess!