well, maybe not an ode but how about a post dedicated to food. Lately I've been caught complaining a bit about being bored with cooking. I feel like I need new ideas, something fresh and inspiring. Of course, I get into a.... cooking slump right around this time every year. Winter blues? Maybe.(You can laugh at me or roll your eyes, it's 70 degrees here and I call it winter because I'm freezing!) It could also be the lack of really good fresh fruit and vegetables at our stores right now too?
A couple of weeks ago I sat, by myself, in a crowded hospital waiting room and because it was Monday I was working on my menu plan for the week. (I love waiting rooms! I'm always alone and people don't tend to bother you or ask questions, it's rather perfect for getting tedious tasks accomplished!) Remember this post? - Yep, I make a weekly menu plan with 3-6 meals per day. (Why 3-6 meals, the kids don't always eat the same thing Peter and I do, so sometimes I make them their own breakfast-lunch and dinner. I know, it's like the first mommy-101 no-no, but I do it anyway.)
It probably does sound crazy, but I plan ahead for 2 good reasons.
1. I hate the grocery store, and will only go once a week. So I don't want to forget anything because no matter what it is, I'm not going back until the following Monday.
2. I drive a massive gas-guzzling SUV, so any time I can conserve on fuel I will do so! Which is why I make one big trip to the grocery store a week.
I was doing the math in my head as I sat there, 4.5 meals on average a day x 7 days a week x 52 weeks............ oh my word! Can that be right? That doesn't include dessert either! That is a crazy amount of meals to be making... and to think of ahead of time. No wonder I'm bored and feel like I need something new, it's because I do!!
So, to remedy the slight boredom I've come face to face with, I was thinking that maybe I would do a little challenge. A personal challenge, but something that I could post to my blog. I haven't thought of anything spectacular quite yet. Maybe I'll start with posting my dinner menu for the week and adding recipes here and there. My mom is always asking for recipes and maybe this way it will force me to try some new dishes?
I was talking with a friend today about my little cooking dilemma and her answer was to eat out more. I love my friends. I just need to find a great way to challenge myself & my love of cooking again!