Gentle Readers, it is very easy to get in the habit of rushing through the kitchen. I am the guiltiest of guilty parties these days, often with less than 30 minutes to fix a meal for Team Practical Cook before jetting off to the next thing.
The other weekend, I stopped and cooked. It was nice. Nothing monumental, just cooked cabbage (it is so fast) and corned beef (hello slow cooker), and a homemade carrot cake for the Eldest’s birthday party. This is a long-standing tradition for both of TPCs Jr, unbroken, even by illness (TPC’s Mom stepped in last year).
The cake itself is simple and delicious, but it takes time in the kitchen. Time that is broken into increments by checking and turning and letting things come to room temperature. In the blocks of time between, I found solace, structure, and the need to accomplish things.
Fifteen minutes is too long to be idle, to short to nap. So I blogged as my professional self. (This blog, about Social Media and the impact on real-life communications, for anyone interested.) I always mean to blog over there, but time is precious. It started a big conversation on Twitter, which filled in other minutes in between, and led to a colleague writing a blog and referencing it. Cool, community forms.
Also, I cleaned my kitchen. I chopped things with a large sharp knife. I breathed. Cooking is good. Even sometimes. Work it in when you can, and let all the other things that can happen in those spaces of time that are required happen. I need more kitchen timer days. I’m grateful for this one.
What do you do while you’re waiting in the kitchen? Post a comment below, or perhaps start your own blog. 🙂
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Coming up Sunday, we take a break from our regularly scheduled weekly menus for a Chicken and Waffles Throwdown.