I never was one for guns, but I envied the comradeship. I am not the type to use feminine descriptors when describing the torque of my car. Neither am I of the type to wield knives in dangerous ways (I'd cut myself). Although I do find myself enjoying the finer aspects of photography, it is too closely tied to my work these days. So [some may ask] what hobby is it that keeps me coming back? 'why food!' I'd say.
I wouldn't say I am genius of any sort, but I have learned my way around my small apartment kitchen and I enjoy the process of creating and consuming. I have made attempts at sushi that could only be called a learning process.
But as with any hobby; skill does not bequest interest. I like cooking because I like eating. I find the process of making any product that I am interested in fascinating. Take coffee for example, another product I gained an appreciation for over time. In my pursuit of the perfect cup I have discovered espresso and coffee bean roasting; two parts of my morning ritual I can no longer do without.
I think what set me on this road to discovery was our acquisition of these:
There was no way I could leave these in a closet somewhere, I needed them within easy reach on my kitchen counter (and for those living in a small apartment, kitchen counter space is a known hot commodity). Having a proper set of tool always makes the job more fun, and in a lot of cases; inspires learning.
Is there anyone else with a particularly affinity for baked goods or fried dishes? Or a person who received some kitchen gadget (gadgets being a known interest for all gaming nerds :P) as a gift that has inspired a sense of purpose and started the path of discovery? What about gender roles? Who cooks in your relationships?