part of my new years goals was to contribute to our meals more often. matt is primarily the chef around here & rightly so. he is more efficient at it than i am and he can create great concoctions with whatever we have on hand, whereas i need a recipe (with a photo, please). and he enjoys the process more than i do, although i am starting to enjoy my non-cleaning time in the kitchen. my biggest problem is that i totally trash the kitchen as i am cooking no matter how simple the dish. really.
i feel that it isn't fair for matt to work as much and as hard as he does to then come home and have to immediately cook dinner. ideally i would cook during the week and he can cook his yummy dishes on the weekends, but i know it won't work out that way. i am a slow chef. and with two little ones distracting me, well, i don't fare to well. my best bet is making things that i can prep while they nap and then later finish on the stove top or toss into the oven. realistically, i am doing my best to make a few meals a week and continue making all of our bread. this week i have made two meals so far, with both having enough for leftovers.
also trying out a new recipe from artisan bread in 5 minutes a day. having a go at the spinach and feta loaf. i have high expectations, it sounds and looks delicious as it is rising as i type. if i haven't mentioned it before, i love this book. i had never made bread before this book came into my life and i am now totally hooked. i don't think we have bought bread since late october/early november. i have a bread machine, but have no clue how to use it. though i want to try that too.
and in keeping with the food theme, go check out molly's post today. she's beginning what is sure to be an interesting food journey and i am glad she is sharing some of the information she's discovering. this should be an education!