LAY HO MA everyone! There’s no doubt about the amount of work and commitment to cooking at home consistently. There are so many benefits to making your own food. The more you do it, the more natural it becomes. Let’s be realistic though, sometimes life gets so busy that its a real challenge to stay motivated to cook at home. Here are a few tips that keep me motivated to spend more time in the kitchen – I hope it helps you too!

1. Learn to at least hone your knife. Having a dull knife is the most dangerous tool in the kitchen. Make an effort to hone your knife, and your chopping will be a breeze.
2. Invest in a nice cutting board. A nice wooden one will be nicer to your knives plus will look beautiful in your kitchen. Be sure to dry the board immediately after washing to prevent the water from warping it.
3. Take the time to organize your kitchen. The more you know about your kitchen and what you have in inventory, the easier your grocery runs become, and the more you will want to cook in the kitchen.
4. Make the effort to clean your kitchen and keep it that way! Get into a habit of cleaning the dishes instead of leaving it till later. This way, the next time you want to cook, the kitchen is 100% ready for you.
5. Start making your favourite coffee (or matcha) drink at home. The amount of cash you will save will surely keep your motivation spirits high!
6. Moreover, make the effort to cook extra for dinner and have leftovers for lunch the next day. Buying lunch can easily run you $20-$30 a day!
7. Feed your creativity and don’t get discouraged if you don’t get everything right every time. Don’t be afraid to suck, but be very afraid of not trying. Remember, learning how to cook is to acquire a skill that nobody can take away from you, but one that you can share with others.

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Hong Kong born Canadian, Wil Yeung is an international photographer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, violinist, and YouTube chef. He immigrated to Canada when he was a young boy carrying with him his ability to speak Cantonese and some broken English. Much of his culinary aspirations stem from his background in the visual and musical art spaces. Whether you’re plant based or plant based curious, Wil believes that learning how to make food can really change your life and of those around you.


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