For a while now I haven’t been very inspired to cook. Always resorting to the same 4-5 dishes, I have felt like cooking nothing and anything all at once. My husband will run to the store on his way home from work, and more than once when he asks what we need, all I’ve been able to come up with is “I don’t care, just get some meat veggies and fruit, whatever looks good,” without any sort of plan or idea in my head. Then, hungry but not really interested in cooking, I just fall back on the same staple one-pot meals that I know we like, ones that can be adapted to whatever we have on hand. I can’t remember a time in my life when I have been so ambivalent about cooking – maybe back when I was a grad student, before I had ever tried to learn how to cook? Honestly for most of this Summer I could probably eat a sandwich and fresh fruit 3 meals a day and not get bored of it. Maybe it’s just because I’ve had so much on my mind lately, various stresses and pressures from several directions, or maybe the heat of the Summer just wore on me. But now, I am happy to say, it’s coming back. I feel the need to cook again. To see out new methods and learn new techniques in the kitchen, and give myself new and interesting flavor combinations, and I can’t be more excited.
I want to learn more about cooking fish and seafood (yes, I realize I live in a landlocked country) – and light fresh dishes that aren’t so heavy. Things that are fast and flavorful that don’t need to be complicated. It takes overcoming a few barriers – namely the language barrier so I know how to go up to the butcher and fresh meat counters and ask for certain fish or cuts rather than resorting to what is already sitting out on the shelves. It means actually getting up early on Sat. mornings and bringing baby girl to the market more, which should be more fun for her as she is becoming more aware and fascinated when we take her out places now. I took her to the grocery store last weekend, and I think it was her first time being awake as my husband and I went through the store getting everything we needed, and she just stared amazed in wonder at everything. I laughed at her and said “ha, you look like you’ve never seen a grocery store before!” and then realized that she probably hadn’t because all the other times she had been asleep.
We’ll see what happens, but for now, I am happy to say that I am inspired, and it’s a wonderful feeling
What do you feel like making lately?