Making a Meal
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 10:16AM
Elizabeth in cooking, grindstone

Sometimes I want to be one of those women that makes a meal plan for the week, and does all the shopping on one day. But so far, I can only plan MAYBE three days ahead, and even then, someone usually gets sick, or there's some event I've forgotten about, or a nameless daughter decides to keep me up all night, and crushing exhaustion trumps meal prep.

My food preferences don't help, as I don't like casseroles, or anything frozen ahead of time to cook. I like the kineticism of food prep, where I'm walking in tiny circles with three different knives and a clean spoon every tasting.

So instead, I go to the store way too frequently, buy something interesting or pretty, or whatever is on sale, and try to match it with whatever is about to expire in the fridge.

Sometimes it looks better than it tastes, like when I tried to make a pomegranite reduction sauce. SO PRETTY.

But it turned out to be remarkably flavorless, probably due to buying it out of season AND waiting too long to use it. 

My successes are finally outweighing my failures, and now I'm at a point where, as long as I have the basics, I can throw together a reasonable, healthy dinner with very short notice. 

As a side note, Mirandamakes wrote an excellent piece about her blogging, which applies to me as well. I haven't been as active here as I'd hoped, because I want to say something NEW and FRESH every time. But she's inspired me to try again, and not worry about being endlessly fascinating. So if I start to bore you, I apologize in advance. And if there's anything you'd like me to write about, I'm all ears. And fingers.

 

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