I forgot how much I love cooking. Just simple, easy, necessary cooking. I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking about cooking dinner as a chore, but recently we’ve had a staffing change at work and one of our staff is in the office with us more as I’m teaching her how to do some of my job so I can take on some of the Director’s tasks.
“What does that have to do with cooking?” I hear you ask??? Well, M (the staff member now sharing office space with me) is completely obsessed with food! (In a good way!) Every day before we leave she turns to me, eyes sparkling, literally rubbing her hands together gleefully, and asks, “So, what are you having for dinner?” She talks about new recipes, food she’s found at the market, different meals she’s tried out at restaurants…she is just so passionate about it that she’s sweeping me up in her enthusiasm. Ironically, several months ago she had surgery to remove part of her stomach to assist her to lose weight – so she can only eat about a half of a cup full of anything at any one time… so she cooks all of this amazing food for her partner (who cant eat it all) and then she brings the leftovers to staff at work! She’s lost about 40kgs (around 85-90 pounds I think that is?) but she certainly hasn’t lost her passion for food!
Anyhow, I’ve been revamping my usual go-to dinners and it feels really great to once again look forward to cooking! Jeff and I went shopping Monday night and got enough food for the week (he’s a HUGELY fussy eater, and I’m not so keen I want to cook 2 separate meals… so it has to be “Jeff friendly” food!)
Tuesday night we had scotch fillet steak (which was on special… I believe that steak can be quite expensive in other countries, not so much here is Australia!) with a small amount of mashed potato and a delicious mix of red capsicum, yellow capsicum, red onion, green beans and grated carrot all cooked with a tiny bit of olive oil in a frying pan and some garlic seasoning and black pepper. We also had some peas and corn (the frozen kind – nothing too spesh!) That was a GOOD meal… yummy, fairly healthy (the steak was fairly lean… not completely, but damn it was tasty!) and really easy!
Tonight was less healthy but just as good! I cooked a lamb roast (a garlic and herb one that comes all prepared and ready to just pop into the oven – I’m a short cut cook!) and we had it with potato and more peas and corn. The potatoes were from the frozen department… they were like balls of mashed potato that had been crumbed or something and you cook them in the oven. I didn’t add any oil or anything, but I decided not to look at the nutrition panel on the box! I’m sure they weren’t very good for us – but Jeff wanted to try them and seeing as it was a holiday day and we both had a day off, I treated him! Haha! Back to “real” veggies tomorrow night!
So, nourishing my body with good food is another way I can nourish my soul! 13 months ago