The foods you love to eat (but hate to cook)

I am an unabashed lover of food. It’s why I agonise for so long over my choices when we go out to eat. I want to enjoy my meal; I want to fill my belly with amazing flavours; and I don’t want to be disappointed on taste or value for money.

There are some dishes I could happily eat every day for the rest of my life – I think – but I am utterly incapable of making them. Most baked things, for example. Things in pastries. Things that involve big hunks of meat, as opposed to nice, diced, bite-sized pieces.

And then there are recipes that technically are within my realm, but they’re just too much damn work. I mean, they taste amazing, but I’m just not sure they’re worth the time and trouble.

eggplant moussaka

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Moussaka. Eggs. Cheese. Meat. Eggplant. Onions. What more could you want in a dish? But oh, the preparation, to say nothing of the oven time. Sigh.

A photo of lasagne

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Lasagne. Love the thin pasta sheets, love the whole idea. But again, the baking time? We usually opt for shepherd’s pie instead, and when I say shepherd’s pie, we usually take it a step further, even, and basically serve up mashed potatoes with mince and sauce on the side.

Left to right: Chenjeh Kebab, Kebab Koobideh, ...

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Kebabs. You spend all that time cutting up ingredients, painstakingly threading them all on, cooking them, and then just taking ’em off to eat again. Seriously?

11 thoughts on “The foods you love to eat (but hate to cook)

  • Reply Manda October 12, 2010 at 12:59

    I love to cook and I can honestly say there’s not a dish I wouldn’t not want to cook if I liked eating it. I think the extra preparation time and the high levels of effort some dishes require just make eating it all the more rewarding 😀

  • Reply Sense October 12, 2010 at 22:43

    hate cooking; would gladly do the dishes afterward every evening if I could swing that. i second the lasagne and add tom kha gai soup. I once spent hours making the soup–which was DELISH! but obviously was way too much work for me. don’t ask what took me so long, i’m just a crappy cook and don’t usually like what i make, so don’t see the point in ‘practicing.’ I’ve been ‘practicing’ for 10 years with virtually zero progress. :/ i’ve accepted that i’m just not an intuitive cook.

    • Reply eemusings October 13, 2010 at 10:10

      ‘Intuitive cooking’ exactly! I’m working on it…I am always very proud when I manage to make something decent on my own. I’m also REEEALLY slow in the kitchen, which is frustrating for, er, anyone waiting to eat. It’s no wonder I manage to waste so much time on my days off cooking.

  • Reply The Everyday Minimalist October 13, 2010 at 01:27


    “You spend all that time cutting up ingredients, painstakingly threading them all on, cooking them, and then just taking ‘em off to eat again. Seriously?”

  • Reply The Asian Pear October 13, 2010 at 10:25

    Actually, I think lasagna and sherpherd’s pie is very easy to do. It’s pretty painless in my opinion to cook. What I do hate cooking though is stuff like homemade spring rolls, wontons and the like. Cause you have to individually wrap them.

  • Reply eemusings October 13, 2010 at 10:55

    Duuuude. Yeah, don’t even go there. I’ve never made those, probably never will.

  • Reply Lisa @ Cents To Save October 13, 2010 at 13:30

    I love Lasagne… a great comfort food for me. Cooking is enjoyable,, but the clean-up is not my favorite at all! Baking is a great stress reliever…. cakes, cookies…. Love it.

  • Reply BruceBucks October 13, 2010 at 15:06

    The lasagna looks amazing. Thanks to the post. I am new to following your blog and look forward to more.

  • Reply aloysa October 15, 2010 at 04:11

    I enjoy food too much! And that is my big problem! Love, love kebobs… Lamb kebobs… Huge fan of lamb.

  • Reply retirebyforty October 15, 2010 at 17:22

    My wife made veggie lasagna tonight, it was yummmmm…!!!!

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