I’m having a food block.
You know when you have to write a paper or design something and you just have no new ideas to do it? That’s kind of how I feel right now about cooking and thinking of new things to make.
Weekdays when I get home from work and normally would just start making a meal for my wife and I, I have been drawing a blank. I’m not sure when this started but its been a little while now. I remember not too long ago when I would have a whole week planned out, groceries bought, proteins portioned and cooking those meals was easy.
I have taken solace in the fact that the weekends are my time to experiment with new or tinker with old recipes. It’s such a wonderful feeling to find a recipe that brings back a happy memory and then find out that it delivers on the promise. One such recipe, of recent note, was a beef stew recipe that is to die for! Well, I don’t exactly follow recipes to the letter, they are more like a framework, or guideline, that leads me closer to what I am looking for. This beef stew recipe didn’t have enough building of flavors so I stole some ideas from an old beef bourguignon recipe that I have been using for years. And, instead of putting the potatoes in to the stew, I made some mash potatoes instead. Sometimes I make enough to last in to the weekdays, which kind of solves my food block dilemma, doesn’t it?