Hiya! Hope you’re having a sweet day, so far.
So I mentioned earlier that I’ve been enjoying my “time off”… It’s been interesting. After go-go-going for at least 5 days straight for over a decade, you could say that the sudden halt was a bit of an adjustment in the beginning. Part of going through being laid off was figuring out how to fill my once jam-packed days.
One thing you may have already known about me is that the kitchen is, was, not my friend. Over the years, I can count on one hand (yes, sadly ONE) the number of times I have ventured into the space and actually turned on its appliances. Not necessarily out of fear – well, maybe a wee bit – but more so out of a lack of time. Well my friends, rejoice! The times they are a-changin’.
With this new found “extra” time, I am happy and proud to report that I’ve been putting in some serious work in the kitchen. My kitchen and I have become fast friends! Over the holidays in The Soo, I made dinner for my entire family for the first time ever. Lasagna! Needless to say, my super adorable parents were VERY impressed (all hopes of their daughter becoming domesticated had died a long time ago. Heehee!).
I’ve made family dinners almost every weekend since then. Family dinners which include finicky tween palates; one of which loves spaghetti and meatballs… And I mean, LOVES. This kid could eat it all day, every day, for the rest of his entire life… And he’s only 12. Feeling decent about my new relationship with the kitchen, I decided one day to summon the courage to attempt a dinner of spaghetti and homemade meatballs. I watched (in awe) as he shovelled a pile of pasta and meatball into his little mouth and waited with bated breath for the verdict. “This is THE BEST spaghetti and meatballs I’ve ever had. EVER.” WOO HOO! (and phew.)
Along with the lasagna and homemade meatballs, my recipe box has expanded to include; Parmesan Penne with Chicken and Asparagus, a Roast Chicken dinner, Spicy Shrimp with Linguine, Meatloaf, a wicked Meaty Bolognese sauce, Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Veg and Rice Noodles, a Mushroom Bolognese, a Garlicky Lemony Caesar Salad Dressing, and a Ginger Soy Black Cod with Bok Choy. Not bad, eh!
As I said, my parents are thrilled and proud of my new hobby… And perhaps slightly concerned with the amount of taste testing that goes hand-in-hand with cooking. Says my sweet mom, “Yummy Yum Yum, Fatty Fat Fat.” Oh, bless her heart. Well mom, I think I’m ready now to learn a thing or two from you in the Korean Kitchen department. Her skills and dishes are outta this world! Her homemade Korean food is something I dream about and crave on pretty much a daily basis. Ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, one of my all-time favourite Korean dishes has been and still is Kimchi Jjigae – basically a hot and spicy kimchi stew. SO. GOOD. Yup, that’s it then. This will be the next “experiment” in my kitchen. Wish me luck!
Keep it shiny,