Confident BeginnerA Jack of no Trades
Dinner, can you hear me?
I am going to take a short break from #craftmaggedon2016 posts, because I want to lament about something. Something deep. Something real. Something that has inexplicably escaped me and I want it back so, so much.
Dinner, can you hear me? Dinner, can you see me? Dinner, can you feed me in the niiiiight?
I freaking miss dinner. Let me explain.
Last year, I was very focused on ‘
not being as fat as I had become‘….errr…I mean ‘healthy living’ and ‘changing my attitude towards food’. In doing so, I gave up dairy (hallo, you should know that already) and starting eating a lot of the same loser meals every night. Ask me how many times I had vegetable minestrone soup last year, JUST FREAKING ASK ME.
Anyways, in becoming a vegetable robot who could not smother things in melted cheese, I started waining on a talent that used to otherwise inspire me. I loved dinner-time, guys. It was carb heavy, loaded with hundreds of unnecessary calories, and always filling and delicious. Now, after a year of forgetting that dinners could elicit joy in a person, I feel that I have lost my way. I don’t even know how to dinner anymore. I stand at my pantry, staring at loads of ingredients, and go ‘so, I guess soup for dinner again?’.
Another dinner monster which has been slowly adjusting itself over the past year is my work schedule. When I began my position 4 years ago, I was a normal 9AM-5PM office jocky; but as my role has changed, so have my hours. Now, on a regular night, I am signing off at around 7:30PM-8:00PM, which decimates any dinner time that normal mortals are accustom to. After a long day of work, who wants to start a roast dinner at 7PM at night? No one, no one I tells yea.
Finally, we are currently almost half way through paying a very hefty assessment on our condo. Where you would assume not having an extra $600 a month would impede on buying useless things off the internet, it seems to mostly have hindered how many times we visit the grocery store in a month. It’s actually quite horrifying to think about so let’s skip ahead, shall we?
In an attempt to refocus myself, I am starting off easy. Obviously, Minimalist Baker is my life force, and I love the ease and simplicity of Dana’s recipes, so I will continue to #ultimatefangirl anything she makes. I have also become intrigued by Martha Stewart’s ‘One Pot Dinners’, of which I like the utter laziness that goes into preparing human food.
In the next 2-3 months, I hope to up my dinner game exponentially, and I am going to rely on recipes like the ones below to help.
Finally, Husband, if you are reading this and wondering how to surprise me with a wonderful candlelight dinner : HINTS. HINTS. THESE ARE WHAT OTHERS WOULD CALL HINTS.