When I was about 12 or 13, and my grandmother was visiting us. She would sit in the kitchen and tell me how to cook, just sitting and telling me what steps to follow. She gave me the confidence that I needed to know that I could cook and it was not something that only adults can do. Thank you Grandma.
I used to 'help' Grandma cook when I was a pre-schooler. At 7 or 8 I started doing simple cooking from recipes with Mum keeping an eye on me to make sure I didn't hurt myself. I enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen and Mum was happy to let me.
I only started cooking when we came back from our honeymoon! I could only cook lamb loin chops, chicken something, sausages & veggies, & a couple of other meals. We had a lot of burnt dinners for the 1st few months! My mum wanted to teach me to cook, but I only wanted to go out! As we've now been for married 47 years, I've no idea what the 1st meal was that I cooked. Now, most of my recipes come from on line. I only ever made the same meal once a year. All the recipes I've used from cook books have a date pencilled next to them. The ones I've made from on-line, I've written up in a 'Draft'.folder & dated. I would never have had time to do this, if I had to go out to work!