16 September 2012

Guest Post from Catherine

Today I have a guest post from Catherine about the right of passage for many people that is leaving home and going to university... only to realise that cooking and clearing up after yourself isn't as easy as "proper adults" make it look.
The article is a little different to what is usually written on Three Little Buhos so let me know whether its something you'd like to read more :) Anyway, over to Catherine.
Annie x

Eat To Live Or Live To Eat?
According to some recent research, nearly 60% of 18–25-year-olds leave home without being able to cook five simple dishes: a statistic that realistically isn’t all that surprising.
Much is made these days of the inability of our youth to demonstrate many fundamental home-style skills. It’s almost as though we expect them to be fully accomplished keepers of house and home in the manner of adults with much tried and tested experience. It’s not the lack of skills behind the outcry that is objectionable, but rather the sentiment.
However, proficiency in this skill-set is important and it is desirable for both parents and schools to help instil it. Whether cookery classes should constitute part of the school curriculum is, after all, a much-debated point. This cause is championed in some political fields as being a solution to obesity in adulthood – a theory that has had many a celebrity chef clogging up the airwaves as they proclaim that we’re all condemned to a life of convenience food and cholesterol.
Whether the problem is that our children don’t know the difference between a crisp and a carrot is debateable. Perhaps they just prefer the taste of one to the other.
While being a little bit useless on the home economics front isn’t something to be applauded particularly, let’s face it – the ability to accomplish a repertoire of five dishes is not the be-all and end-all. It certainly isn’t the end of the world if that particular box isn’t ticked by the age of 25.
There’s every chance that these accomplishments will come easily at a later date. A burgeoning desire to cook is almost a rite of passage for the 30-something after all. While your late teens and early 20s are all about working hard and playing hard, your 30s seem to be the time to embrace homemaking. After all, priorities change as we get older and, however unwisely, chances are that when we’re in our 20s our priorities do not include sourcing and producing healthy, balanced meals.
Most teenagers are bundled off to university, disdainfully agreeing to take the ubiquitous box of mother’s cast-off Tefal cookware, while doubting that they’ll actually use it much.
For many this is the ‘sink or swim’ moment and not all youngsters finish their education with fewer home skills than they started with. In fact, those desperate to shake off the reputation that young people don’t cook could even surprise you by returning with more cooking ideas under their belts than you have – just don’t be surprised if some of them involve pot noodles!


  1. I don't think it's the be-all and end-all in the sense that kids couldn't survive without those skills, but I'll bet that if students knew how much money they could save by learning a few basics their ears would prick up.

    I didn't go to uni and have left the nest to live with my partner and since moving out I've found just how expensive it is to buy ready meals and taekaways all the time. In fact we scrapped that plan within the first few weeks and it's now been a year since I left home. We make a meal plan each week and buy what we need accordingly. It sounds over the top, but I estimate we've saved about 10-20% of our foodbill by doing this and we never have to stare into half-empty cupboards thinking "We have no money and no food."

    I like this post, you're already good at beauty blogs Annie so you don't really need others to write them for you. A guest blog about something different now and then could be good. :)

    1. I totally agree Ami, its so expensive to feed yourself unless you go about it in a smart way. Its so easy to be left with random bits and pieces that you bought on a whim.
      Glad you liked the post, I'll bear that in mind when I'm looking for guest bloggers in the future :) xx