Discussion Question #2 : How would you describe yourself as a cook? Are you gourmet, short-order, or fast food? Do you love it or hate it? What's your favorite thing to cook? Who taught you to cook?
Well, let's see. I don't think I'm gourmet by any means. I don't like frou-frou food, so therefore I don't make it for anyone else. I do make quite a few things that are mostly from scratch, it's hard to avoid a can of something here and there. Short order? to me that implies people sitting around the table telling me they each want a different thing. Yeah, that ain't happening either! Fast food? Sometimes, but not often. So where do I fit? Not sure what you would call me. My recipes are mainly simple, sometimes using canned or packaged things. But I am stirring and warming them up myself!
I do love to cook, but my body doesn't always. Standing for a long time is impossible some days. That's where the occasional fast food comes in, though usually it's pizza. When I'm feeling good, I love to cook.....but I hate to clean up after it!!
My favorite thing to cook is my vegetable soup. I cut up all the veggies myself from fresh. I do use canned tomatoes and sauce and juice, but the rest is all me. It cooks for about 4 hours and you feel like you've really accomplished something when it's done. And people just love it, that's probably what I like the most, that people like something I have created.
Lucky for anyone who eats at my table, my dad taught me how to cook. (sorry, mom) He was great at meat and vegetables. I kinda wonder if that's why I don't do much with fruit, because he didn't. And there were no bakers in my family. Supposed to be a Grandma thing right? yeah, not mine. Guess that's why I don't bake much!
With all of this in mind, this past week I tried to be a better wife by planning meals and cooking more. I wrote out the days of the week and what I would make each day and even planned a leftovers day so nothing would go to waste. So how did I do? How's 3 out of 5? I have to say that one of those fails was not my fault. The nature of my husband's business makes it difficult to plan meals. He might call when I have already started and say he's in a town 2 hours away and will be there for awhile. Not good for a meal that takes 2 hours from start to finish but you don't know when the people will be there to eat it! Then the other fail was all me. I didn't feel well, so I didn't cook. We had fend for yourself. *sigh* Well, I can't expect to turn into the Proverbs 31 wife in one week right? RIGHT! So, I won't give up, but I won't beat myself up either. I will continue to plan as best I can, and we'll see how it goes. The Hubby did love what I did manage to make, so that's something, right?
Until Next Time.....