Thursday 13 February 2014
For the Love of Food and Sanity
This was a fun moment. Before settling into some serious beater licking, Little Miss had been right up on the counter, spooning dry ingredients into the mixer. This is our standard arrangement for baking. It's fun. It's laid back. We laugh lots and make a big mess. But having a kitchen helper is not always desirable, especially in the hour before supper time when everyone's daily allotment of patience is used up.
I've been thinking a lot about food lately, tweaking how and when I prepare it, trying to avoid the kitchen after four o'clock and still serve up healthy, tasty suppers. Of course I'm not the only one trying to reach this holy grail of homemaking. Pinterest is chocked with recipes for freezer meals and slow cooker meals, even meals that you can put in your freezer and then in your slow cooker. Yikes! I thought I was so clever to chop my vegetables and make my sauces in the morning.
Last week Little Miss was sick and I suddenly saw the appeal of pre-made food. As I tentatively wade into these waters, I'm wondering what your experiences have been with making meals ahead of time. Do you sacrifice health or flavour or texture for convenience or is there a way to have it all?
On tonight's menu: Kale and potato soup from the freezer, cucumber slices and wild rice and onion bread, which I did manage to bake today.