Cooking Equals a Closer and More Intimate Relationship
Cooking and intimacy go hand-in-hand when you are cooking with your partner. There are many cooking benefits for couples outside of gaining a new and practical skill. Here, we will go into how cooking builds intimacy and strengthens our bonds.
Cooking Together Is Learning Together
The process of cooking is learning. It entails following instructions with some room for experimentation. The whole goal when cooking is to do it correctly and with great care. So, you would be spending a lot of time in the kitchen with your partner.
Both of you can learn the skills needed to make a meal, while also seeing how the other thinks and works in this kind of environment. Plus, it is not a stressful activity. It allows for more fun, jokes, as well as deep conversations. You will end up learning more about your partner than the meal, which is the point of couples cooking together.
Sharing Food Is a Sign of Social Intimacy
Another huge thing when cooking with your partner is sharing food. It is a sign of care and affection. Sharing food is the best way to show that you care for the person’s health, as well as like their presence in your life.
It goes way back to when food was not easy to come by. Everyone had shared with their community and family. If you want to think about it deeply, that’s pretty sweet. Plus, some people can be really picky about who they share their food with. But when you are with someone you love, you won’t have any such problems.
Cooking Improves Your Cooperation
There is a lot of cooperation that goes into cooking a meal, from preparation to waiting for the food to be ready. While cooking, you are required to mix ingredients, cut up pieces of meat or vegetables, etc. Sometimes, you have more than one pan or pot on the stove at a time to take care of.
That means that you will be looking to your partner to pull their weight while you do the same. There are also problem-solving skills involved in who does what and when. Also, you’ll be making decisions on what is to be cooked or prepared first. You can follow the instructions, or you can experiment and do something both of you will prefer.
Furthermore, timing is everything. You would not want one part of the meal to be burnt while the other is under-cooked. That is one of the most crucial things when cooking.
It Builds Couples to Be Patient with the Process
As we have mentioned, cooking is about timing. This also means that it is also waiting for the meal to heat up/cook. This can improve both of your patience as you wait for the timer to run or the water to boil. Cooking well is not a quick process, certainly if you both are beginners.
Furthermore, while you are waiting, you can chat or discuss topics that you usually avoid. Or you can do some other activity while the meal gets done.
Truth Is Unveiled During Cooking
While preparing and waiting for the food to be done, there is a lot of time for the two of you to discuss matters of importance. It is a great chance to speak deeply about topics. This can lead to an improvement in your:
- Communication skills
- Listening skills
- Overall relationship
As well as to open the door for honest conversations. Honesty is the best way to go when it comes to strengthening a romantic relationship.
Cooking together is meant to be fun. But sometimes, deep notions come out while you are busy with something. And since the kitchen is usually a quiet space, you cannot help but talk to each other about whatever’s on each other’s mind. However, it does not always have to be a serious discussion. You can crack jokes and still have a fantastic time.
Trust and Communication Are Tested During Cooking
While we are on the subject of communication, we should say that it can also lead to trust. Communication is not only about talking. It can also be about listening through actions. We mean trusting the person next to you to do their part well.
With good communication, you will not have to overthink their next step and trust that they know what they are doing. The same goes for them too. This exercise in trust can lead to other aspects of the relationship, which will make it stronger as well as more open.
While you are learning the new skill of cooking, there is a lot more that goes into it when you are making a meal with your partner. The skills that you learn even on a subconscious level, like listening, can transfer to the rest of your relationship with them — and maybe even with others, i.e., friends and family.
Cooking is a great way to improve, strengthen, and make a loving relationship more intimate. Through the process of making a meal together, you can become more open and closer as a couple. So, get cooking, and see how much fun you both will have — and how much you will learn about and from each other.