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Totally random question, do you recall the very FIRST thing you ever cooked 100% on your own?

Andy the Aussie

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Does fish in an aluminum can count? I really can't remember what was the first but I did this well before anyone trusted me with a stove.
........ this was probably my second meal. Steak or sausages in an aluminium pan over a fire out bush as a kid would have been first.
 

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French toast about the time I started school. As the oldest of a large family, dad away working and sick mom, you learn fast. Went to work in a cafe about age 13, place had a cool chef (Vietnam vet) who had been formally trained. Taught me a lot, unfortunately, I only know how to cook for an army, and after years of practice still manage to burn water.
 

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I was cooking trout by about 8 years old, but they weren't that difficult.

First more difficult thing I learned to cook myself was donuts. My mom wouldn't make them as often as I wanted them :D
 

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We used to cook breakfast Saturday morning for our parents when we were kids. I remember making scrambled eggs, french toast, easy stuff. Used to put a pot of coffee on for them. That was in New Hampshire so I would have been 10-ish. Can you still buy percolator pots?
 

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Pancakes or French toast with bacon in an iron pan. Mom taught sis and me to make them ourselves. Mom worked part time as a bookkeeper, her boss gave everyone a gallon of real Vermont maple syrup for Christmas. Grampa was a beekeeper so there was always local honey at home.
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Not for sure, but likely it was bisquick pancakes when I was 9 or 10.

Mom and pop had six kids and both worked full time to keep a roof over our heads. So, mom taught the oldest to cook starting at 11 years old. By age 12, that kid was responsible for cooking fairly simple meals (tacos, fried pork chops, spaghetti and meat sauce, hamburger's, hamburger helper, etc.) Mon-Fri. Mom would cook and teach more complex recipes on weekends to that child. Then, when the next kid hit 11 years old they'd get a few lessons from the older sibling, and mom on weekends. I was the #4 child and had an interest, so I started "helping out" a little early. Some of the kids were better cooks than others...we had some interesting "casseroles" growing up.

Truth is, I'm a pretty decent cook and still love doing it. I do most of the cooking in our house and have for years. Barb's also a very good cook (and an excellent baker). She sometimes has to kick me out of the kitchen when she wants to cook.

Tonight I'm cooking a Filet Mignon (cooked Medium for Barb), a Ribeye (Medium Rare for me) both with a peppercorn sauce, Sauteed mushrooms (for me), a baked potato (for Barb), and a garden salad for both of us. She'll be drinking a Decoy Chardonnay, and I'll have a Rodney Strong Cabernet. For dessert...the rest of the Cabernet LOL.
 

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"do you recall the very FIRST thing you ever cooked 100% on your own?"
I thought a good bit about this question. I honestly don't. I do remember the first thing I was proud of. Rabbit stew comprised of two rabbits I flensed and seared, green onions I gathered from a ditch, potatoes I peeled and chopped up. A little flour, salt, pepper and I think that was all. Think I was sixteen.

I am careful today to not let people know I can cook. Cause they make you do it.
 

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Used to go on long bike rides and hikes as a kid back in 1970. Usually brought tinfoil, a knife and some baloney along with a few slices of bread.
Would stop and pull foil over woven twigs and make a fire and fry the baloney.
Occasionally would bring some cheese. A different world back then.
 

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Two cans of "this",,,,,,I ate all the beans, and Moose ate all the ham.

Heat source was C4 I believe, or maybe used alcohol out of my aid bag, and gauze, forget which, mess tin, added all the salt we had on us, crushed up some old cracker crumbs we had stored in a plastic bag, and Moose and I split the whole "fresh" crackers with cheese spread.

Delightful! :ROFLMAO:

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Them directions bring back fun memories from scout campouts

when nobodys lookin sneak a can of beans unopened into the coals of the campfire then nonchalontly get some distance with a good view and watch the action unfold, learned a lot in the scouts
 
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