Learn how to cook for beginners – Simple dishes

Learn how to cook

Learning to cook will help you understand world cultures, customs and flavors. You will also learn life skills like eating healthy, budgeting your money, and cleaning up after yourself. Save some cash. … Spending money on prepackaged meals gets too expensive for a young person and families on a budget. I want to share some simple dishes along with Traditional South African dishes with you.

There are a lot of things that people have in common, one of those is the need of food.

We all need to nourish our bodies and having a good diet is the best way to do it. Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious dinner, especially after a long day at work? Reason no 1 why you should learn how to cook. You need to feed your body and brain for survival. The nice thing about the internet is that now you can learn how to cook online. There are so many ways through Blogs, Recipes, You Tube etc.

Have you found yourself saying things such as, I don’t like cooking, my food isn’t good, I just want to eat out? If you have, let me tell you are in the right place. I have been there before and I want to show reasons why you should learn how to cook.

Cooking at home is less expensive

Over 10 years, the average meal out costs about $15 with time and labor costs included versus $13 without. Compare that to $9 and $4 for home-cooked food. This means that cooking for yourself saves about $6 per person every meal when you count time and labor costs. In South Africa most families just cannot afford the luxury of eating out daily or even weekly so it is wiser to know these basic skills. You can cook a real healthy meal at an affordable price.

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Learning how to cook a healthy meal

Many people choose to eat bad food specifically because they don’t know how to cook healthy food. They wrongly believe that you have to have some special skill to be able to whip together a solid meal. This is simply not the case. If you are willing to take cooking and baking classes, you’ll be able to throw together many good meals with great ingredients. These meals will be healthier than what you might have eaten in the past. You’ll find yourself eating in more often, and you might be able to lose some weight at the same time, if this is something that you’d be interested in. You may even want to join a gym or change your body for the better.

Get yourself a decent cook book

I still have my very first cook book. I still use it today even though it looks used and abused. HAHA.

How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food–With 1,000 Photos

The best thing to having Mark Bittman in the kitchen with you

Mark Bittman’s highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know.

1,000 beautiful and instructive photographs throughout the book reveal key preparation details that make every dish inviting and accessible. With clear and straightforward directions, Bittman’s practical tips and variation ideas, and visual cues that accompany each of the 185 recipes, cooking with How to Cook Everything The Basics is like having Bittman in the kitchen with you.

  • This is the essential teaching cookbook, with 1,000 photos illustrating every technique and recipe; the result is a comprehensive reference that’s both visually stunning and utterly practical.
  • Special Basics features scattered throughout simplify broad subjects with sections like “Think of Vegetables in Groups,” “How to Cook Any Grain,” and “5 Rules for Buying and Storing Seafood.”
  • 600 demonstration photos each build on a step from the recipe to teach a core lesson, like “Cracking an Egg,” “Using Pasta Water,” “Recognizing Doneness,” and “Crimping the Pie Shut.”
  • Detailed notes appear in blue type near selected images. Here Mark highlights what to look for during a particular step and offers handy advice and other helpful asides.
  • Tips and variations let cooks hone their skills and be creative.

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Don’t be afraid to try something new

When selecting healthy recipes, sticking to those with ingredients you know and enjoy is always a safe bet, especially if time is tight. But don’t forget to occasionally give a new, totally delicious looking recipe a try, or pick up an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable the next time you spot one at the grocery store. A few years ago my husband introduced me to fresh asparagus roasted with just a bit of butter or olive oil, with some crushed garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Yum it changed the way I feel about asparagus that’s for sure. The first time I ate asparagus was from a tin. YUK!!!  Fresh and roasted it is divine.



In conclusion, anyone learning to cook has their advantages and cooking is actually fun and it’s very exciting when you get to create new dishes for your family or friends and hear them compliment on the meal they just ate which you made.

As more and more emphasis is placed these days on eating whole foods and having meals at home, some people may be eager to embrace this home-cooking lifestyle but aren’t sure where to begin.

Teaching our children to cook helps prepare them for the future. Giving them these skills may help prevent them from getting stuck when necessity or principles call them to cook their own food. I believe that teaching children from a young age is a much-needed necessity and an advantage in life. No matter what age you are, you are never too young or too old to learn how to cook. Have a look at some of my simple and easy dishes to make. No brainer. Check us out weekly and discover a new dish. Go on test it out and don’t forget to let us know how it goes we love hearing from you.

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About Us

Hi everyone and welcome to our Food Truck website. My name is Kay and my husbands name is Justin. Cooking has always been a passion of mine right from a little girl.

I used to spend my time baking with my Nan in the kitchen whenever she came to visit for a holiday. My Nan always used to bake the yummiest of home made English dishes. By the time I was 16 years old I wanted to be chef. Justin grew up in the kitchen he loves food. His grandfather used to have a restaurant and his mother is an excellent cook too.

Well time went by and life went on, I never became a chef but that did not stop me from cooking. Justin and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and keep saying how we need to put together our dishes. Well here we are today 19 years later and have decided to share our creations. I must say he does cook well and through him and his family my taste buds have been able to experience a wide variety of foods.


Our friends would often ask us for our recipes, which meals they can make which are nutritious and affordable? A few of our younger bachelor friends eat a lot of take out (which becomes costly) and this leads to eating non nutritious meals such as 2 min noodles. 2 min noodles is not food guys!! And definitely not nutritious. We would then help our fellow friends learn how to cook a decent meal on an affordable budget. So here we are ready and excited to share our budget meals as well as other delicious recipes. A few years back we used to run a cooking school teaching kids from the ages of 3 -12 years the basics of cooking and safety in the kitchen our own children used to join us in these classes as well as their friends.


Learning to cook will help you understand world cultures, customs and flavors. You will also learn life skills like eating healthy, budgeting your money, and cleaning. Save some cash. We could all do with extra cash. Cooking is less expensive than eating at restaurants, fast food joints and school cafeterias.

We’re grateful to have learned basic cooking skills at a young age

Reasons Every Child Should Learn to Cook

* It’s an Important Life Skill.

* Builds Relationships with friends and family

* Gives Appreciation for Real Food taste

* Cuts Down on Picky Eating

* Develops Fine Motor Skills great for the little ones

* Requires Following Instructions

* Practices Reading

* Practices Math

* You can be creative

* It offers a chance to be praised and encouraged

* Opportunities to serve

* Relieves mom (does this really need an explanation?) Haha


To teach others young and old to be creative think out the box and have fun when it comes to food, learn to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating the right way. Treat yourself to some nice cheat meals once per week. I know for those who even dieting you need to reward yourself for the healthy eating you do during the week. Once per week treat yourself to a decent dessert it well deserved.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. Let us know if you have tried any of dishes. We’d love to hear from you.

All the best,

Kay & Justin


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