I make no secret of the fact that I am no domestic goddess, particularly when it comes to cooking. I was wise when I married Tony because he actually likes to cook. If we didn’t have Tony, our little family would be either very hungry, or we would be eating far more takeout than we could ever afford, or is healthy for us. I used to cook a bit more than I do now. Soups, chili, spaghetti sauce from scratch, stir fries are all things that I can make, but I have been avoiding the kitchen more than I ever used to before, except for when I head in after dinner to do the dishes. I do a mean set of dishes.
This arrangement has been working well for a while now, but when Tony travels, which he has been doing more and more lately, I struggle. My daughters’ favourite meal that I make when Tony is away is pasta soup. The recipe is simple: 2 boxes of chicken broth (salt-reduced of course), to which I add whatever pasta we have on hand – tortellini or alphabet noodles are their favourites, but any noodle will do. Occasionally I will even throw in a carrot, but not always. Another night we will order pizza, and another night we may do pasta and sauce from the local pasta shop. The last time Tony was away it was for longer than usual, and I expanded my repertoire to include Sloppy Joes and nachos. I had started photographing my week of cooking for this blog post, but I was finding the photos much too embarrassing so I stopped.
|Sloppy Joe. It went downhill from here. I was the only one who ate the peas.|
We were all very happy when Tony returned and we ate well once again.
So I have been thinking for a whole that I would like to do more cooking. After all, when company comes, there is no glory in having really clean dishes and a well set table. But it isn’t just about the glory of course. For some reason when Tony is around, I am developing a mental block in that I feel like I cannot go into the kitchen and coordinate the cooking of a complete meal. And forget whipping something up upon getting home from work if Tony is running late one evening. I can only cook if I have meal-planned ahead of time.
So I am thinking of taking on cooking dinner one night a week (yes I really do know that I am spoiled). I will decide the week before what I will make so that we have all of the groceries and ingredients needed, and I will be the cook. Some days it may be tortellini soup, but I am going to try to make some new things too.
I would love your help with recipe ideas and websites with simple meal ideas. Let’s also underline and bold simple, at least for now, shall we? And I would love to hear who does the cooking at your house.