I don’t like to cook.
I’ve tried thinking of it as a creative pursuit and that works sometimes but I’m hindered by the fact that it is something that MUST be done and not something that exists for its own sake. It’s just so utilitarian.
I’ve tried adopting the athletic wear company motto to just get it over with, but there’s no joy in that at all.
I’ve tried approaching it as an act of worship and service a la Brother Lawrence and that works better.
Some times we just have to muddle through the best we can but I’m learning that the attitude in which you do something is at least as important as what you do, especially in acts of service. No one wants a gift shoved at them by a surly giver who doesn’t really want to give it.
So to help my attitude we do this:
- on his days off from work, my husband does most of the cooking because he enjoys it and is good at it and I assist him where I can. This may be cheating but it certainly helps my attitude toward cooking.
- I start cooking or at least prepping earlier than you might think necessary because a big part of what I hate is getting everything on the table in an organized way.
- Clean as I go because doing dishes while the kids go crazy during witching hour is no fun. Spend a half hour cleaning the kitchen just to find out the rest of the house is a disaster? No thank you. (Now I’m thinking of it I need to corral those guys and make them help. I bet that would curb their enthusiasm for destruction.)
- We try to always have a menu. It is flexible.
Where the boxes are split, the top is for breakfast and the bottom is dinner. Lunch tends to take care of itself with leftovers.
Our menu revolves around payday. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, but it’s true. I generally do an inventory of the freezers, fridge, and pantry first, then it’s just a matter of choosing a few main ideas and writing them down in an order that makes sense.
Where there is meat, there are days that follow with meals made from leftovers. For example, turkey is followed by pot pie, ham is followed by split pea soup, chili is followed by chili potatoes.
This rotation was largely, hugely taken from Budget Bytes. (Beth’s recipes are really good, but sometimes I go there just for the ideas.)
- Christmas: turkey
- 26th: potpie
- 27th: slow cooker chicken tikka masala and crunchy asian salad
- 28th: venison tacos (yay for hunting friends!)
- 29th: ham
- 30th: split pea soup
- 31st: one pot roasted pepper pasta (I used penne) & parmesan broccoli
- 1st: chili
- 2nd: chili potatoes
- 3rd: roast chicken
- 4th: chicken tacos
- 5th: salmon
- 6th: fish sticks, tater tots
- 7th: moroccan lentil stew
- 8th: skillet pizza
I was going to post this as part of a link up to Simcha Fisher’s What’s For Supper but for certain personal technical reasons I can’t. BUT she is an intelligent and amusing writer even if I do hate her comment sign in, so you should go check her out.
ETA: If anyone makes it all the way down to the bottom of this post – about that split infinitive in the title – I like it. It has connotative meaning beyond what could be accomplished by being technically correct.