Thursday, March 07, 2013

Watch.Learn.Cook with @CanadianBeef #loveCDNbeef



We learn about food, our culture and how to cook by watching our parents cook.  Well, in most cases that is where our earliest introduction with cooking comes from.

I remember as a very young child, going to my grandparents' house after school and my grandfather would be watching cooking shows. Long before I became a FoodNetwork junkie, I was a Ken Kostick and Mary Jo Eustace What's For Dinner fan.

My brothers, cousins and I would always hang out in the kitchen while our grandparents taught us how to cook Filipino food. We'd loiter in the kitchen under the guise of  actually wanting to learn how to cook, when in reality, we just wanted to sample all their yummy food. My grandparents were both fabulous cooks.

I say we learn about food by watching our parents (or grandparents) in the kitchen. Now I find myself watching FoodNetwork or even YouTube videos! How about Pinterest? If I need a recipe, I just Google it and pray there's a video!

Canadian Beef has wowed me with their amazing videos. So easy to follow!

I have to say that I only really started cooking when I first lived on my own. With parents and grandparents who were amazing cooks, I never had to really put into practice what I learned. I failed miserably when I first started on my own. The fear of not being able to cook meat properly was something that stressed me out. When Hubby and I were in our first year of marriage, I was so stressed out about cooking for my mother-in-law.

Who cooks a roast beef better than a beef farmer's wife? I couldn't even make my own pie crusts, let alone cook the perfect roast! I had tremendous anxiety cooking beef for my beef farmer mother-in-law. Turns out she loves my cooking. I still wish I had Canadian Beef recipes, tips, and videos back then!

Check out this video on "How to Make the Perfect Pot Roast".

Apart from steak, this next one is my husband's favourite way to have beef. He loves a good oven roast. Can you tell I'm addicted to all the Canadian Beef "how to" videos? 

If you grew up watching Julia Child, you know you've always wanted to learn how to make the perfect Boeuf Bourguignon! Never fear, Canadian Beef is here!

With Mother's Day and Easter coming up, I know my husband is going to ask me to make one of the above recipes (most likely the oven roast)!

It's interesting how as I prepare to end this post, we come full circle. I began talking about how as a child, I watched and learned as my grandparents cooked their dishes from their home country of the Philippines. Now that my daughter is four years old, she is now learning how to cook and often acts as my very capable Sous Chef!



 If you're teaching your kids how to cook, these Canadian Beef videos will come in handy!

Canadian Beef has more exciting news for you!
Canadian Beef has partnered with Eat In Eat Out Magazine. Check it out! I read every page, as there were so many amazing recipes included. Of course, my lots of great beef tips too! You can follow them on Twitter at @EatInEatOutMag.

WIN 1 of 5 Canadian Beef iPad4 Prize Packs!


EACH prize pack consisting of one (1) 32GB Apple iPad4 (Wi-Fi with Retina Display), one (1) remote talking thermometer, + one (1) cooler tote per qualified winner.  Approximate retail value of EACH prize pack is CD$770.00. Limit of one (1) prize per person/email address.
Enter Contest here.

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10 comments:

Wendy S said...

She's so cute in her apron!

I too learned more after I moved out than I did with my parents. Not that they were bad cooks, I just didn't cook with them.

I want my girls to learn about cooking before they venture out on their own. I love the how-to videos :)

OURFAMILYWORLD said...

She is so so cute! I love when kids are in the kitchen. They learn a lot and it is fun

OrangeHeroMama said...

lol. I loved watching Ken Kostick too!!!
And I'm another who learned a LOT after moving out. My mom was one of those MIA moms.
I'm a big fan of how-to videos and recipes that have a lot of ratings/reviews!

Brandi Yee said...

Oh I loved watching What's For Dinner? too! Such a great..and hilarious show! Mmmm...now I'm hungry. You have such a cute little kitchen helper too ;)

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

I just entered the ipad giveaway last night:) My MIL makes the best roast beef, and gravy. My children are going next week and they are already talking about how they can't wait for grandma's roast beef.

Christine McN said...

Wendy:
I also think it's a great idea to have kids learn how to cook before they venture out on their own in the world. I have a few funny stories to share with you, but might have to reserve them for a blog post!

Christine McN said...

OURFAMILYWORLD:
:) Thanks so much! I have to admit that it's been a learning experience for me to have her in the kitchen with me. I like things done fast and I hate mess. When kids are cooking with you, nothing us done fast, and there's always a mess! LOL! :)

Christine McN said...

OHM:
Okay, it sounds crazy, but I'm so excited to hear you grew up watching Ken Kostick too! Loved him!!! RIP, Ken! xo

Christine McN said...

Brandi:
Awww! Thank you! You are so sweet!! YAY! Another What's For Dinner? fan!!!

Christine McN said...

CMCM:
Yay! Good luck! What amazing prizes, eh?? Hmmm...Wonder if your MIL would share her secret recipe? lol

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