A good education?
There is more about me that you should know as I perhaps had a slightly different background to many other people.
I was born with Coeliac disease, which meant I had to be careful of what I ate. Some things, such as cakes and bread would make me very ill. Therefore, my mother was aware that once I left home I was going to have to cope with my diet or die.
She prepared me well for life outside the family home. In fact I was in charge of cooking the family's Sunday roast dinner for many years, and loved cooking it.
Back in those days it was difficult, if not impossible, to find prepared foods for sale in the shops, that I could eat. I HAD to learn to cook them myself, there was just no other choice!
So when I got married and had my own home, cooking came naturally to me. (Just do not ask my husband about the famous duck dinner I cooked for friends!) I didn't look at my cooking skills as anything unusual.