Confessions | I’m 25 and I Can’t Cook

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. You’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ~ Julia Child


First of all, welcome to Lydia on Life

This year I set out to try new things and cooking more often was one of them.

I’ll be the first to admit that as a woman (or a normal human being), cooking has never come naturally to me. You see, I’m an expert with the microwave, love going out as a pose to cooking in and I make a mean English breakfast. But putting pot to stove with genuine excitement is a bit of a struggle for me.

I’ve never lived away from home and being the youngest of three girls, I’ve had the privilege of not having to cook. But that’s not an excuse, I know. So, after years of my mum and sisters complaining I don’t do enough cooking and the fact that K would like a lady that can cook a proper dinner (with fresh ingredients) I’ve decided to give it go.

Now don’t get me wrong, I can cook. I just don’t enjoy it and to be honest if I could hire someone to do it then I  would. But until then, it’s just me, my self and I.


I’ve always wanted to be this cooking queen who has several signature dishes that everyone loves. Growing up, I’d say to myself one day I’ll start cooking proper meals and making fancy desserts. That all seemed so far away to me when I was younger so I kept putting it off thinking I’ll start later. Now that I’m nearly 25 I think it’s time to make a start, don’t you?

Being in a relationship has definitely had some influence in me wanting to start now. Having someone who loves cooking has motivated me to learn a thing or two so that he’s not always the one cooking. Plus, ordering take-out can get expensive and bad for the waist line.

So, at the not-so-tender age of 24, I’ve made a decision. I’m ready to be a full grown up now – cooking and everything!


The cooking skills won’t find me on the other end of the phone ordering Chinese. Whether it’s something fancy I saw on the cooking channel or a good old rice and stew, I need to start now if I want to improve my cooking. W

So if it means burning pots (which I haven’t…yet), setting the fire alarms off several times or adding too much seasoning to the chicken stew (guilty), I’m going to do what I have to do.  With some practice, persistence and accountability I’ll get there.

Question Time…

At 25, what are the traits you feel you’d like to have that you don’t have?

Let me know in the comments below, get in touch or tweet me @lydiaonlife.

Lydia x

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