For me, cooking is like the reward after a long day. First things first - I kick off my shoes, and open the back door. With the swiss dots blowing in the wind, and the chimes singing their sweet, slow song - I begin creating something new. It is fulfilling work, nurturing your family. A fresh meal says "I care for you enough to prepare something that gives you strength." And the chatter around the table - recounting the day - connects us even when we've been apart. We go to bed feeling whole again - with full hearts and full bellies.
If your lives are anything like ours, the circus can take over sometimes. Time gets away from you, and you do one of two things ... you head for the restaurants, or you revert back to what the previous generation has taught you - processed food. I know, I know - it's so easy when you're in a hurry! But the results are so terrible! You know, deep down in your heart - there must be a better way. But there's just no time to change it all, and to learn the differences. Please don't be discouraged. There are so many of us who are taking the time to figure it all out. And it is so worth it!
Food is one of my passions, and I'd love to share it with you. I'm learning, and working on my own way of doing things, but I'd love to share my knowledge, my trials, my menus, and my stumbles along the way. I live in a townhouse - and have the smallest kitchen ever. If I can do it - so can you.
Here is the best way to get started:
1. Start shopping at a different grocery store. Period. You are already programmed to be on auto-pilot at your usual store, so it will be harder to change your shopping habits there. So find somewhere new - and make new habits.
2. Buy local - every chance possible. Farmer's markets are popping up everywhere, and are even open during the week.
3. Start with one new thing each week. There are so many exciting fruits and vegetables out there that you've probably never tried. Start easy - and prepare them a couple of different ways to see what your family prefers.
4. Tell your friends about your changes. Let them hold you accountable.
5. Keep a food journal. What you've tried - how you liked it - if you'd try it again - and how you'd like to try it next time.
And let's not forget Pinterest. Here's my inspiration board - recipes I've tried and love, and ones on my list.
Please share with me - your ideas, your questions, your successes! My husband gets bored with all my food chatter - so I'd love it if we could talk :)