Hi all. Long time, no blog. Don’t worry, M. and I are still cooking. But I get incredibly lazy about photos in the winter months, when sunlight is such a scarce commodity. The first part of the year is also one of the busiest for my real life job, so blogging really tends to take a hit. Also, I’ve been picking up again on one of my other big hobby-passions, knitting, and that’s left less time for dreaming up or testing recipes, and definitely less time for thinking about their visual presentation. But, with more sun, and a few other recent life changes, I’m feeling more inspired to post about food again! However, today’s post is still going to be photo-less :)
The tagline of this blog “eating well in a busy world” is one I want to focus on a bit more in the future. While I love experimental cooking, I also really value balance in my life. For me, that means that I probably shouldn’t be spending all of my non-work time in the kitchen. This year, M. and I have both been working hard on getting our lives organized so that we don’t spend too much time on “maintenance” activities like laundry, vacuuming, and, yes, cooking/figuring out food. While some folks would say the solution to spending too much time on these activities is to outsource (drop clothes at the cleaner’s, hire a cleaning service, get more pre-packaged or take-out food), we’re both pretty committed to keeping our footprints small and doing things ourselves. I realize our life is not 100% in-sourced (I would die without a grocery store, for example!), but I think it’s important to remember that amenities like a healthy meal or a clean shower don’t just happen by magic. I also want to make sure I’ll be as ready as possible when the zombie apocalypse strikes (kidding…I think).
What’s all that ruminating leading up to? Well, for the next little while, I want to focus less on recipes (though I’ll still post those if I have a good one to share) and more on processes: how we’re managing (or, sometimes, not managing) to eat and generally live well while also holding down a pair of full-time jobs and finding some time for fun stuff like hiking, camping, hanging out with friends, reading trashy novels, or knitting sweaters.
And with that, I’m off for today, but I’ll be back next week with a post or two about our big weapon for healthy eating: the weekly meal plan.