Give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish...Over breakfast with fellow cyclists on Sunday I made a comment which on the surface sounded sexist but wasn't intended to be.
I told a female cyclist in our group that I had two daughters so they should cook a family meal now and then. She seemed taken aback at my remark (in retrospect it sounded sexist) but I suppose I should have said that I have kids and they should cook a family meal now and then. I tried to explain what I meant (hey, I have no sons) but I'm still not sure if she finally believed me. I would like to say though that daughters or sons, both should know how to cook (an important life skill).
If you show someone how to do something, you equip them with a skill on how to do it for themselves for a lifetime. This past Saturday, I was resolute on not cooking breakfast. Instead, I announced that the kids would be cooking breakfast. My oldest reluctantly agreed to prepare the meal but didn't know what to cook. It was the kid's original intention to have dear old Mom and Dad buy takeout for breakfast.
Well, my daughter now knows how to prepare Migas (thanks to Dear old Dad's instructions). Migas are skillet fried corn tortilla strips with whatever you want to add. I taught her to add diced tomatoes, onions, spices, eggs and it came out restaurant quality good. She now has at least one breakfast dish in her repertoire.
Like today's blog says, Give a man a fish he/she eats for a day. Teach a man/woman to fish and they eat for a lifetime. That applies to cooking or even learning how to make your own money through self employment.
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Richard J. Garcia | 11/01/2010