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I know I’m not the only mum who goes through stages when she thinks cooking was invented purely with the intention of driving mothers insane. You know what I mean. Those nights (or weeks ……. or even months) when the thought of making YET ANOTHER meal to feed the family seems like the most monotonous and soul-destroying thing you could be asked to do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against food per-say (in fact I love it) but meal preparation has been known to make me bang my head on the nearest wall.
My cooking mojo seems to run in ebbs and flows. While I’m never going to be someone who gets really excited about meal preparation, I do have stages when I can happily spend quality time in the kitchen and get some satisfaction from producing good food for my family. Entering the world of thermocooking with my Cuisine Companion has helped a lot in that area, but that’s not really what this post is about. What I’m talking about today are those horrible dry spells when the only thing you want to go into the kitchen for is to make yourself a cup of coffee. But, being the mum, there is no ‘get out of jail free’ card and you still have to make tea. Every. Single. Night. How do you cope with that? (Unless of course you are one of the lucky ones who paired up with someone who loves to cook. Which obviously I didn’t!)
I hope you didn’t come here looking for answers. Just so we’re clear I don’t have any. My approach to it is pretty simple. I roll my eyes, sigh loudly and then put on my big girl apron and get on with it. Eventually the feelings of boredom pass and I start to regain some pleasure from being in the kitchen. It usually takes a couple of weeks, by which time my family don’t care if they never see a plate of spaghetti bolognese, tuna mornay, or any of the other classic ‘think free’ family meals, again in their life time. (Which is a shame for them because of course they will.)
I guess what I’m really saying here is that if it happens to you too, don’t panic. We weren’t all born to be masterchefs and a little lull in the endless progression of night-time food preparation isn’t going to ruin anyone’s family. One thing that does help, to some respect, with my own kitchen motivation is good quality cooking gear. If you are in the market for some of that you might like to check out kitchenwaredirect.com.au – especially if you like the professional cookware range by Jamie Oliver and Tefal. Just lovely!
In the meantime may the cooking force and inspiration mojo stay with you for all your night-time meal preparations. Off you go now. Get your big girl apron out and get cooking.