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Photo by: David Monniaux

Do you cook? It’s really a great skill to have.

A lot of young people now don’t seem to know how to do it, which is sad.

If you don’t know how to cook, it’s easy to learn. There are so many free recipe sites and instructional videos on the internet now that it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

If you want to take the next step and become a professional cook or chef, many community colleges and universities offer training.

A few places I know of that offer cook/chef training:

North Island College (Several Campuses On Vancouver Island, BC, Canada):

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (Vancouver, BC, Canada):

Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC, Canada):

Vancouver Community College (Vancouver, BC, Canada):

Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo, BC, Canada):

These are the culinary schools closest to me that I have heard good things about. There are of course other culinary schools around the world, but I don’t know enough about them to recommend them.


I have repeatedly used this recipe for cooking a roast chicken: 

My Roast Chicken With Vegetables

My Roast Chicken With Vegetables

I put my little touches to the recipe, such as adding butter, herbs, and spices. 

I have also added vegetables to the roasting pan and they give the roast chicken a nice flavour. If you roast enough vegetables, they can become a great side dish. 

Try roasting sweet potatoes, celery, peppers, onions, carrots or whatever vegetables you like.

A big plus about knowing how to cook is that you save money on going out.

For example, a pizza meal for two costs $30 to $40, give or take.

Sushi for two costs about $40 to $50, and that’s for take out.

Chinese take out for two can vary depending on the restaurant, but the average around here is about $40.

The overhead on rice, noodles, vegetables and chicken is really low.

Eating out, I’m thinking you’re paying for the staff wages, replacing china/glassware/utensils/pots/pans/knives/appliances, menu printing costs, take out bags/containers, marketing, rent, utilities and other costs.

The ingredients cost is probably way down the list, unless of course you’re eating at a Michelin starred or fine dining restaurant. Some of those fancy ass ingredients like black truffles, beluga caviar and foie gras are really expensive.

If you’ve noticed food from a pizza place and a Chinese place for example, the base ingredients are very basic and similar.

For example: Mushrooms, peppers, and onions are found in both Italian & Chinese cooking.

Beef, Pork, Chicken also base ingredients found in both styles of cooking.

Have you noticed that Almond Chicken, Lemon Chicken, and Sweet And Sour Chicken are basically the same thing with different sauce?

Breaded chicken with sauce. That’s it. And for that, you’re paying $10 or more.

If you know how to make these dishes at home, you will save a lot of money!




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