I suppose in a way it is, but I think people seriously overestimate the time, effort, and skill required to make simple, healthful food. I stopped by the store on the way home from work today to pick up some fresh produce. Onion, red pepper, carrots, snap peas, edamame I was planning to eat the rainbow tonight (I had inherited some diced up broccoli from my aunt when I took over her house this week).
The onion cooked down while I chopped the rest of the veggies.
I added a little water to the pan so they would steam instead of fry (I like my veg to still have some bite to it).
While those steamed down I whipped up a quick peanut sauce. Crunchy natural peanut butter, soy sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar, some finely diced crystallized ginger, and enough water to hold it together.
15 minutes. That's it. Sure I like to spend more time in the kitchen making something more elaborate when I have the time, but I don't need more than that to make something fabulous. People don't believe me when I say you really don't need more than that but I swear I'm telling the truth :)
To have simple, healthful, food to fuel my body and my mind is why I cook. To eat delicious foods that I know I will love (and that will love my body) is why I cook. To know what is in my food, where it comes from and how it is prepared is why I cook. To show love to my family, friends, and BF is why I cook. The magic of transforming raw ingredients into whatever it is I want, to enjoy the beauty of what can be done with good food is why I cook.
Why do you cook?