Sane At Home Mom, The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

When Your Cooking Fails to Impress

It’s been raining cats, dogs and rhinos lately and somehow this has temporarily pulled my attention away from my crocheting to cooking.

I am not a particularly good cook. I didn’t even know how until 2015 when I moved to Batam & became a SAHM (thank God for Google). Now I’m decent enough but the fact remains that it is not an activity I’ll ever volunteer for.

So the rain made me want to exert a little more effort than usual in the kitchen last night. Nothing fancy, I just added soup when I already had the meat & vegetable viands ready (my maximum is 2).  But even though it was really nothing fancy, apparently I was expecting my “customers” to be pleased and satiated.

They were satiated alright but a wee little comment came from the husband about the soup having a “weird aftertaste”. I felt shot. And although my 11 year old responded that the soup tasted fine to her, my evening was ruined.

I’m such a drama-queen. It was just a ready mix of cream of mushroom soup that came from a packet. Yeah, the kind to which you add water and stir while boiling. 3 minutes is all it takes. Exactly! Not even my own recipe or something I slaved over.

And yet I obsessed about it in my head last night.

Which led me to thinking about life in general and about exploring and continuing to learn. I do it to please myself, to grow and to have fun. And, while certainly nice to have, the approval of others is purely optional (well, maybe a little when it comes to feeding others and only if it’s something that didn’t come from a packet).

Sometimes I forget.



(But there was really nothing wrong with the soup. I tasted it! 🤨)



12 thoughts on “When Your Cooking Fails to Impress”

  1. 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣 the struggle. I enjoy cooking and baking…but I can’T make soup. My thing is get an easy recipe…master it …and then try another recipe …before you know it you have several dishes in your repetoire 🤷‍♀️

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  2. I read your post title and I thought, “Story of my Life.” I’m lucky my current husband loves to cook and is much better at it than I am.

    I remember those days when my children were little, trying to cook to please everyone. Enjoy this time with them, and maybe learn to laugh about it with them. It’s okay to not be great at everything. You will be teaching them to accept themselves the way they are, because that’s what you will be modeling for them. I hope that helps! I wish I had been less of a perfectionist when my kids were little, so that’s where this well meaning advice is coming from. ❤️

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    1. Aww, thank you so much ❤ I see your message here and I appreciate your kind reminder 🙂 A consolation: my "customers" usually don't know the cloudy thoughts running thru' my head during my dramaqueen episodes 😀

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  3. Recently I have also tried to venture into cooking for other people. I stick to a basic breakfast though. Scrambled eggs with Turkey, cheese, and a side of pancakes. In my house nobody cooks, so this is something I tried about a month ago away in college. My roomates thought it was ok, but they weren’t exactly amazed with my food either. I’m not going to lie, I was a little disappointed seeing as I had slaved away in the kitchen for an hour trying to get breakfast right. They ate it anyway, and we had a nice time together that morning, and that’s what matters. It’s necessarily all about having the food taste great all the time, it’s about knowing you tried your best to do something good for the people you love. You cooked, you gave it your best effort, and if it didn’t work turn out the way you wanted it to, you can always try again the next day. Perfection sometimes makes us believe we are not good enough, and that’s not true. We always have time to improve, but we can only do that when we manage to accept that things won’t always go our way. I think you did a fantastic job and I loved how you cooked for your family. Great writing. I loved it and I loved reading this. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts ☺️👌🏼🌟🍽

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    1. Aww thank you so much for the kind & wise words ❤ ❤ You are right of course. Sometimes I guess it's just my silly pride or vanity that gets in the way. But indeed, what matters is I showed up to cook and pushed through with my intentions and I actually enjoyed the process 🙂 It was a hit with me, I can't control anything that happens beyond that 🙂 Thanks so much for contributing to this discussion 😀 ❤


  4. I absolutely love cooking and baking. However, I have a taste tester. My 24 year old has always been my testing ground. Even when he was small. He will tell me if it needs something, if it is off, if it is perfect. Although, I’ve been a bit annoyed with his palate lately. It seems everything now needs more onion or garlic!!!!! We have determined chocolate is the one thing you can’t really have too much of in certain sweet creations.
    If your little said it was ok, it probably was!!!!! Kids are genuine. Especially with food.

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      1. He’s not a healthy chooser…he just knows his flavors. I made a frozen watermelon drink one day. He was entirely dubious because it was pink! He loved it! lol

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