This is the next question that I thought I might tackle. I think I may need some help with this one…For those of you out there reading that know me, what do you think I talk about the most? What topic makes my eyes brighten up and changes my behaviour?
Geez this one’s a hard one. I talk about lots of stuff, probably just because I like talking J. When I asked Shell Bell what she thought, she said I talk about work a lot. I don’t think this is particularly because I love my job, but more that I’m just really involved with my job and no matter what job I’ve had I’ve always talked about it.
I know I talk about ideas quite a bit. What I mean by this, is I’ve always got some bright idea about how to make my life more organised or run more smoothly. A classic example of this was yesterday. I was out with my Mum and sis Netts and we were generally just chatting about stuff and the topic got onto cooking. Now let me tell you this is a real issue in my household. Both Stevie and I hate to cook and it’s a drama that unfolds every night at about 6:30pm. So we’ve come up with cooking nights. Because I work part time I cook 3 nights during the week and Stevie does 1. Then we always have takeout on Friday night and then it used to be whatever goes on the weekend. However, this wasn’t really working for us as we were eating too much junk food, so now we take 1 night each on the weekend.
So because I hate thinking about cooking and food I had a brainwave a few months ago and came up with a fortnightly menu. I had a different recipe for each night that I cooked and rotated through for 2 weeks. The recipes I picked all had to be relatively easy and cook within about 30min. This worked pretty good for a while, but then after a couple of months it just dropped by the wayside.
When Netts and Mum quizzed me on this yesterday, I said there were a few reasons why this couldn’t be maintained. They are as follows;
- I hate following a recipe to cook, it takes too much thinking;
- Some of the recipes used unusual ingredients which meant I couldn’t often get them. Then it was too hard to think of a substitute;
- I had to write a shopping list, which isn’t so bad. But when I follow the list it takes longer in the shop and little Miss Emily doesn’t like to spend too long in the trolley shopping. So I have a limited window of opportunity before she decides to crack it; and
- I got sick of the recipes so I think it would be better to rotate 3-4weekly
So after discussing with Mum and Netts I’ve come up with another brainwave. I will try the rotating menu again, but this time I will focus on recipes that I just know and that are easy and that I don’t need to follow the recipe. I will do this 3 weekly to maintain variety. I may need to write a shopping list, but I don’t think this will be too bad, as if I know the recipes I’m cooking I generally know the ingredients so I should just be able to grab them in the shop. So far on my menu I have:
- Spaghetti bolognaise (easy peasy)
- Lamb rack with steamed vegies
- BBQ chicken and salad
- Tuna mornay, rice and vegies
- Steak and salad
Does anyone out there have an easy recipe that doens't require much thought? I’ll work on this a bit more when I get back from holidays and let you know how I go!
So as you can see I’m full of grand ideas. I’m not really sure what else I talk about, so I hand over to you… HELP!!