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Cooking 101! I am Learning to Cook Again!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Obstacle Course.”

I have to admit I am not the best cook anymore. I have gotten lazy. That is what happens when you have a maid who does the cooking. To be honest, I am not a picky eater. I have said in past blogs that the main meal is served in Colombia between 12 and 2 pm. We eat a light dinner here. It is the exact opposite of what I knew for most of my life. I am fine with this schedule because I am my most hungry in the middle of the day. I love the food here, but I have forgotten my basic American cooking because it is very difficult to find the ingredients for the recipes I used when my children were growing up. So, I have become quite lackadaisical about cooking in general. But then I opened my Bed and Breakfast and food took on a whole new meaning. I want my guests to love the food that I serve and especially the Colombian food.


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People really like a lot of different options for food choices these days. I have discovered this through my Bed and Breakfast. Some eat anything tasty, some do not eat meat, some are Vegetarian and some are Vegan. I have to learn new ways of cooking. So I am. I have tried new things this entire week preparing for upcoming guests who are Vegetarian/Vegan. Cooking 101. Quite an obstacle for a gal who doesn’t get into cooking. Now I am learning. New recipes and new food experiences. I like it. I will be honest vegetarian food does not fill me up, so I am hungry in a couple of hours. However, the meals are delicious. I love the new dishes. I love being back in the kitchen. I am learning to cook again. That makes me happy.

Obstacles, they are always there in our lives. We need to overcome them. I have. I am still studying Spanish and I speak with everyone now: even those who can’t understand my accent. It has worked out because I practice. Now I need to learn to cook again. I will. I am doing the very best that I can because it is important for my guests to have the food they like to eat.. I like challenges. Cooking is a challenge that I am winning.








I am an American who moved to Colombia to find peace after the devastating loss of my daughter. I bought and renovated a Villa, am learning Spanish, and writing as catharsis. This blog will be like a book with chapters. Each blog will be about my life in Colombia and my adventures. I hope you will enjoy the many new discoveries I am making every day about myself and another culture.

11 thoughts on “Cooking 101! I am Learning to Cook Again!

  1. I’ve away been a decent cook in all my 58 years but like you I don’t cook like I used too. I cooked because I had too not because I like it. I always got so nervous when company would come to stay. IT WAS A TWO OR THREE DAY OF PLANNING FOR ME BECAUSE I ALWAY WANTED PLENTY TO SERVE. Now if anyone would come, it’s out to a dinner or whatever. I much rather be outside doing my thing. Enjoy your guest and have fun. hugs, granny lou usa


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