I’ll leave the therapy to my husband Tony with his marriage and family therapy practice. In the meantime, I have found a welcomed peacefulness in preparing and cooking meals over the past 24 hours. I’m not sure how long this will last — but there is something about taking the fresh CSA produce (mostly greens right now) from Groundswell farm and finding creative ways to cook them that feeds my soul. (and stomach.) I cooked a lot in California with the fresh produce available but I have struggled to find time/energy since I have had Samuel and endured the grey of a West Michigan winter. Cooking usually feels like a ‘chore’ or discipline for me.
Yesterday, I looked through an assortment of CSA vegetables that I didn’t want to waste and I felt a renewed sense of creativity and freedom in the kitchen. My rekindled enjoyment of cooking may also have something to do with the kitchen in the home we are currently living in… It is beautiful, spacious, and full of warm sunlight pouring in the windows. Whatever the cause of this renewal, my husband will enjoy the effects.
Last night, I prepared Apricot Chicken from my Simply in Season Cookbook. Today, I prepared a baked quinoa with an assortment of fresh produce.
They say it takes 33 times to form a habit… we’ll see if I can joyfully prepare and cook new meals over the next 33 days.
Don’t hold your breath.