i used to be a good cook

At least a decent one… I could cook things and feed friends and family without poisoning anyone and with minimal face pulling and stuffing food into handbags.

I used to actually enjoy cooking. But then it became a chore. And I don’t even have kids! How pathetic is that? I blame the fact that the men in my life have always been prehistoric when it comes to food: meat, meat and maybe a vegetable now and then if they’re feeling generous. And I tend to cook very light on the meat. I’m not a vegetarian, though I should be. I just can’t be bothered to work that hard for food. Being on any special diet means you have to think and plan what you put in your mouth…. Too much hard work.

When I’m in the mood I’ll cook. Or (more likely) bake. I love baking but lately, it doesn’t seem to like me as much.

Case in point:

applecrumble

What was meant to be apple crumble… more like charcoal crumble…

I’ve made apple crumble for years. I make a GREAT apple crumble… yet for some reason I burned it. It seems like almost everything I cook/bake lately is burned. In fact, if its not burned its probably not cooked.

I did manage to make a beautiful spanakopita last week – not a bit of charcoal to be found!

spanakopita

Normally I make my own pastry for my spanakopita, but that time I’d bought some medium thickness filo pastry from a greek deli to try. It was good, but I still prefer my rustic country pasty.

Yum.

I think its time to make another spanakopita. I can live on that stuff.

I also made pasta flora last week too. This is what’s left of it:

pastaflora

You can find my mom’s pasta flora recipe here. The spanakopita recipe is here.

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2 thoughts on “i used to be a good cook

  1. The kind of cook I turned out to be is weird. I make lots of stuff, freeze it, microwave it for dinner. I cook about 10 or 12 chicken breasts, slice them up, portion them out and Katie has lunch. Some of it crumbles, so we get soup. With just the two of us, it’s difficult to vary. I cook a lot of one thing, and we eat on it for days. We need a mom!

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    • I know! I really admire mothers who cook breakfast and dinner (and lunch) every single day! I have a friend who still cooks dinner every single night, even if she’s been at a show all day. I can’t believe that woman and she’s in her 70s!

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