I always say that I don’t like cooking, I just like eating, so I have to cook to eat! But I changed my tune recently when my daughter was always STARVING (must have been a growth spurt) and she would come to me for snacks so apologetically, miserable with herself that she was hungry and causing me to get to work in the kitchen. I felt so bad that she felt so bad, so I thought about how to change things a bit.
First I wrote a list of what I LOVE about working in my kitchen:
-Having homecooked food
-Learning new dishes
-Eating new dishes!
-Cuddles from my family while I work!
-Help with washing up
Then I turned the page and listed what I HATE!!
-People asking me questions that I have to think about when my brain is already thinking about the dinner
-People pacing up and down the kitchen
-Being alone in the kitchen
-Being under time pressure
-Washing up (did I mention that already?!!)
-My back gets tired with all the standing
I was impressed at how many things I love about working in the kitchen! When I’m tired and sore I just notice the negatives……………….!
So here’s what I did to deal with some of the negatives and turn them into positives:
-I moved an armchair with a colourful cushion into the kitchen so that when people come and chat, they can sit comfortably…….this is win win because it means I get company, and secondly it means they don’t pace!
-I remembered spotting a high bar stool at a friends house so I borrowed it for a while to see if it would work for me to sit on it for chopping and frying. It did! So I got it copied and its helped a lot.
-3 meals, 3 family members, so we took a meal each to wash up. But still there can be a lot if I am baking/cooking, so before I start, I fill a bowl with soapy water to wash up as I go along.
So, life in my kitchen is going much better now!!