It’s Friday! And Good Friday at that. I can’t wait to celebrate Easter this Sunday. Tomorrow will be spent baking in preparation for this Sunday’s celebration, and possibly a little lounging around the house. We’ll see.
I can’t say I have a lot of wisdom to pass along to the younger generations just yet, but I have learned one thing in my 26 years of living: when you come home from a long day at work, starving, and you really wish you had a house elf to make you a delicious dinner (Eric really, really wants Dobby): pour yourself a glass of wine.
Then start cooking. Just do it. Unless you are under 21 (I’m not sure what I mean exactly by “younger generation” and one can’t be too careful).
Your entire outlook on the task at hand will change. Cooking suddenly becomes a relaxing event you can focus on entirely while forgetting all the troubles of the world (if that sounded like I am encouraging drunkenness here, I am not at all). If you want to get even more into a twilight zone, turn on some music and shut out the world. And that’s it. That is my profound secret.
I find it to be a very satisfying personal accomplishment when I can successfully use the ingredients in my fridge to make five meals in succession without having to go to the store. Even better when I can use one ingredient from the night before and transform it into a new dish the next night. Last week, I made simple roast chicken and a salad. The next night, I used the leftover cooked chicken to make stir fry. Bam.
I cook a lot of one-dish recipes that can be made in a few pans on the stove. Sometimes, I like putting something in the oven and waiting. Most of the time, however, I like to taste as I go along, make small changes, and really feel like I had a hand in the end result.
I always love hearing/seeing what other people are eating, as it helps me branch out and get out of cooking ruts. Here is a taste (pun absolutely intended) of what we have been eating over the past month, if you care to take a gander…What are you eating these days?
And that’s that. Have a wonderful weekend, friends!