Some men should stay out of the kitchen, my husband is one of them

I was asked the other day by a slight acquaintance whether or not my husband cooked at home.   I think some men are good cook, some men are not good cook but they are good helper , and then there is the others.  The others are the one you don’t want them in the kitchen.  My husband fall in the other category.

My husband used to cook before we were married, but I’ve put an end to that.  I do the cooking in my home for two reasons:

(1) when I cook, I turn the music on and start to cook and dance as a way of relaxing.

(2) Which the most important reason for not encourage him to cook,  is to preserve my sanity.

When my husband decides to cook his specialty, which is pasta with simple tomato sauce, he sends me to the family room because he will be in charge.  Each time I’ve quietly retired to the basement and gotten into a book, or a television movie, he calls me and asks where the kettles are for the water and the tomato sauce.  I go upstairs, find what he wants, and give them to him.  It doesn’t seems to bother him that the kettles are right in front of his eyes, the same place they’ve been since we moved into this house.  I ask if he needs anything else before I return to my book. “Of course not,” he exclaims.

Not too long after getting back to the family room, he shouts again, “where is the olive oil?” Then. “Where is the garlic?” And on and on, through the spices and even the salt.   Although climbing the stairs helps keep my weight down, it’s the exasperation that eventually gets to me.

After having located all of the ingredients, I eventually get the call that dinner is served.  My daughter and I head for the dining room, but first I need to explain what the kitchen looks like.

There are five dirty pots in the sink-I have no idea what he has used that many pots for,  but there they are.

There are a number of dirty bowls on the counter, again with no explanation. There is a modern art painting on the white tile behind the range, where he apparently used tomato sauce as the medium.  There is another masterpiece on the kitchen floor.   How the sauce jumped from the pot to the floor is another unsolved mystery.

After having eaten, and I have to admit that his sauce is quite good, he tells me that because he cooked, I would have to clean up the kitchen and wash the dishes.

I’m hopeful that someday he’ll learn that cooking a meal includes getting his own ingredients together as well as cleaning his own mess when its all done.   He should also leave the modern art to professional artists.


  1. Kerri Keogh says

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for the well needed belly laugh today Sanaa!! This post is AWESOME!!

  2. Kristen lind says

    My husband does not cook, but he can’t find anything in the kitchen either.When my parents came to visit and they would as him ” where is the cheese grater, where is the toaster, where is the peeler” he would tell them we didn’t have any of those items. Then my parents would say” how can you cook with out these thing”. Then I would jut go an pull them out for them. They got the picture To this day I say ” HE HAS EYES , BUT HE CAN NOT SEE” I think the official term is “male kitchen blindness”. Thank god they’er cute. Have a great day.

  3. sanaacooks says

    I like the term “male kitchen blinds”, it fits. I think all woman have couple stories to tell about their husband kitchen blinds. Thank you Kristen for visiting my blog and have great weekend.

  4. sanaacooks says

    Thank you Martin for your comment. I agree with you about some stock car drivers and some women in the kitchen. I said some men should stay out of the kitchen but some can be excellent in the kitchen BUT for sure my husband is not one of them. Again, thank you for the comment and for a very long laugh.

  5. Kelly says

    This was well written and very funny. The humor is somewhat lost on me because I live with the same kind of husband except that he has now taken over my role as the cook in the family. So he cooks every night except if he doesn’t feel like it. And that is very random. I never know when he will decide he’s not going to cook that night. I actually am at my wits end. It is so disruptive to the flow of our household.

  6. sanaacooks says

    Hello Kelly,

    Thank you kelly for your comment and I am glad that you thought it was funny. In my case I found humor helped me deal with it. I asked my husband couple times to clean everything when he cooks and that stopped him from cooking. Try that, and let me know if that help. Sanaa

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