Say, do you like to cook? And before I ask that, maybe I should first ask, “do you cook?” I like to, or if I’m really honest, I used to like to cook. And If I’m even more honest, I much prefer to bake than to cook (working with cookie dough is so much better than working with a chunk of meat, duh). Ever since #4 came along, I just can’t seem to find much pleasure in cooking. Come 4:30/5 I’m totally wiped and the idea of preparing a meal with babies hanging on my leg, older kids running wild and trying to help with homework at the same time is anything but enjoyable (in fact, it’s more like painful). And right now, for me, almost harder than the actual cooking bit, is the meal planning. I can’t, for the life of me, seem to come up with new menu ideas.
Do you want to know what I make over and over? Spaghetti, Tacos, Roast Chicken, Teriayki Salmon, Baked Chicken, and Pasta with Chicken Sausage. All served with a side of the same vegetables, over and over again. And that is what is in heavy rotation in my kitchen. Occasionally, I’ll mix in something a little different or pull out an oldy but goody recipe but this is even pretty far and few between. I’m in a total rut. I used to watch the Food Network all the time and inspiration was a flowing. But I also used to only have 2 kids and a lot more energy. So for now, I’m trying to just give myself a pat on the back for actually cooking (and using the best ingredients I can find for my very boring dishes. Sadly, there are no awesome farmers markets, Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s where I live with healthy quick cooking options – wahhhh). I’m pretty certain that when things slow down some (and my fingers and toes are crossed that slower days are ahead) that I will again, one day enjoy cooking.
One thing that does get me inspired (besides food shows) to get in the kitchen and make something lovely for my lovelies is a new cookbook and some new pretty kitchen utensils, gadgets and the like. Very Fond of Food by Sophie Dahl is definitely on my wish list. I mean gorgeous, right (images above)? And I can attest that she does have some really lovely recipes as I have her first cookbook. This Le Creuset is on my long standing wish list.
So what about you? Do you like to cook? Do you make the same things over and over? Whats in your rotation? And tell me, where do you go for inspiration and new recipe ideas? Oh, just feel free to leave me a recipe in the comments… yes, Im kind of that desperate.