Sometime after we had Nicky, cooking became really important to me. Having a small grocery budget was what really started it. It was a fun challenge to see if I could make interesting meals with what we had to work with. I found out it's totally possible. We were also trying to lose weight and learning to love eating fresh, simple food. Now, our food budget is a little more flexible and I tend to be led more by what I feel like making, but I'm so grateful for that time, when I learned to love cooking. Here's the tricky thing with dinner these days-it's a rough time of day. We usually eat at about 6 pm. It's getting close to Silas' bedtime, Nicky is wired because Papa just got home, and Ricky and I need a second wind but it's not time to sit just yet. Sometimes this creates a perfect storm of grumpiness (mostly on my part, I have to admit).
I kind of see this as a personal testing time for me-because most of the time what I feel like doing (and often do, sadly) is to start barking orders and feeling sorry for myself. So I'm trying to work on enjoying the whole process. Music helps greatly. A cold drink. Laughter. Silliness. Eating outside and watching the clouds roll in (even if they are just teasing us, day after day....)
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share some dinner ideas on here-mostly to inspire myself to enjoy the process and make food that I would want to take pictures of. If you're reading and want to share some ideas yourself, I'd love to hear them.
Here's one from last week:
Frittata with bacon, spinach, roasted red peppers, yellow pear tomatoes and cheddar, simple salad, Corona with lime (a summer staple I say)