Amidst a very chaotic evening last week, we still managed dinner. Or at least, I managed dinner. I was the one that prepared it, cooked it and ate it. No husband at home and the kids turned up their noses when they looked in the pan. Well, cereal it was for the fuss pots. Because that's the kind of mom I am when they don't like what I cook. I have used the expressions like, "You don't know how good you got it.", "Just wait till you live on your own", "Do you honestly think dinner just magically appears on the table?", and my favourite "From now on, cook yourselves!". Yes, I say all these things to my kids. Does it change their attitudes to the dishes they turn up their noses at? Ah, no. There just might be a lesson here for me to keep quiet!
Some mornings after everyone has left the house, I treat myself to a delicious breakfast. I'm sneaky like that. Since nobody in the house looks around the blog, it remains my secret!!! They don't know about all the goodness they are missing out on. I plan to keep it that way for as long as I can.
This mornings treat came after a stressful evening of the car breaking down, and emergency vet visit and a teenage daughter melting down over everything possible. Nothing better than waking up & starting fresh. After a beach trot with the pooch, I treated myself to this. French toast topped with apples, pecans and bacon. Yes, bacon. It's been a stressful 24 hours.
Break out the elastic wasted pants, cause that is what it is going to take to dive into this dish. If you are looking for the ultimate comfort food, make this soon! With three types of cheese, fresh marinara sauce with beef & mushrooms, lots of herbs and sheets of pasta, you won't need anything else. Maybe, just maybe, a glass of wine.
I say this so many times, the simplest of foods are quite often the most delicious. When you start with great ingredients, you just can't go wrong. In fact, this salad is just a bunch of great ingredients thrown together to make some pretty amazing flavours. Yes, amazing! That is the one world that sums up this salad. And for a salad that is a pretty big word.
Just recently I was reading a very interesting article about the love of food and cooking. In a world that is all about fast, quick and easy, food really does seem to be neglected. Have we forgotten how to love food?
I have thought about this time and time again recently. What got me into food blogging wasn't 10 minute dinners, trendy food or (God forbid) social media. What brought me to this place is my love for food and all that it entails. I love cooking, full stop. I also love sharing food. Clearly, I love eating! Over time, I have found that I love writing and sharing. So be it a very different aspect to the cooking itself. To enjoy something immensely, no matter what that be, there has to be passion. So, lets bring passion back to food.
Okay, there isn't always time to spend hours in the kitchen as that doesn't relate to most people's real lives. However, there are moments or even days when we all have a little extra time. Time that can be spent creating something we love. I recently wrote a post about quick dinners and about how achievable they actually are. I did touch on my kitchen being my happy place. That is true. I am a person that likes time alone, an introvert if you like. I'm totally okay with that title. Off on a complete tangent here. Just last week I ran into a dear woman while beach walking. She later sent me a video about the importance of creativity and introverts. It was one of those Ted videos (which I hadn't even heard of until that moment). Guess what, it's okay to be creative, indulgent, by yourself cooking in the kitchen with a glass of wine. So, go on be a rebel and cook something with love, passion and delicious ingredients!