Thanks to the lockdown, I am now tired of cooking. PICTURE: UNSPLASH
Thanks to the lockdown, I am now tired of cooking. PICTURE: UNSPLASH

Thanks to the lockdown, I am now tired of cooking

By Buhle Mbonambi Time of article published Apr 15, 2020

Share this article:

The lockdown has revealed and also confirmed a lot of things about me. 

I have confirmed that I love alone time, that I actually prefer phone calls than texts, and I have made inroads with my mental health.

I thought I was going to rely on social media a lot, but I only go online for a certain time during the day and the rest of the time I’m busy with work. 

But I have also realised something - I don't really care for cooking. 

In fact, I am tired of cooking. Those are words I never thought I would ever say or in this case, write. But I am. It’s a schlep and as much as I love time spent in the kitchen, I just realised I don’t love it as much as I thought I did.

Initially I was excited about getting to cook more than I usually do. The eve of the lockdown in South Africa, I gorged myself on Chicken Licken’s hotwings and some Stoney ginger beer. And then I got ready to flex my culinary muscles.
Grilled cheese sandwich with avocado and biltong salad. PICTURE: Buhle Mbonambi
It was fun in the beginning. I was actually eating breakfast (and it was a proper spread that would induce Instagram envy), I was cooking lunch and dinner - from burgers and homemade sweet potato fries, creamy vegetable pasta, chicken curry, veggie wraps and butter chicken - and making all the sandwiches I had been planning to make for the longest time. 

I took to it with gusto, experimenting and doing my own spin on recipes. But it soon got old. Two weeks into the lockdown I just want to do the barest minimum. I look at all the people sharing videos and pictures of their meals on social media and I wish I had the energy to cook up a storm again.

When news of the lockdown extension got announced, I was upset for a few minutes. Even though at the back of my mind I knew the lockdown would be extended, I was also looking forward to all the restaurants and fast food joints opening up again as well as coffee shops. 

It was at that point that I realised just how I am tired of cooking. And a part of me is upset about it. 

Will I still do it? Of course, I have no other choice but to. There's another three weeks to go before the end of the lockdown.

However I think I’m going to have to dig deep to find the joy that cooking used to bring me. 

Share this article:

Related Articles