debperelman27 karma2017-10-24 16:54:21 UTC
Thank you -- this is very sweet to read.
I, too, go through periods of having no cooking motivation but my solution is not maybe the best one: I just do it as little as I can get away with. I trust that if we just eat, say, scrambled eggs and toast for dinner one night and spaghetti with a simple sauce the next, rotisserie chicken and a quick vegetable side, etc. if I just keep doing these half-cooked meals, I will get my mojo back. I'm more fearful of destroying my will to cook and enjoyment of it by pushing myself when I don't have time or will be unhappy with a rushed outcome. And so far, it's worked. I say if you're too busy or wiped out, give yourself a break. There will always be a cold weekend when you want to make a long-cooked soup again. Wait for it.
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debperelman19 karma2017-10-24 16:09:43 UTC
I think it should be the 3-5 things you love to eat that nobody else makes well. It should be personal, so you're always motivated to cook, so you always have something you can make if you're hungry. For me, it might be a good frittata, simple pasta, a favorite soup, a dinner than seems fancy for a party but isn't hard to make and a beloved-but-easy last minute dessert, most likely, who are we even kidding, chocolate cake.
debperelman19 karma2017-10-24 16:31:20 UTC
A ton! Many are here: https://smittenkitchen.com/reading/ It's not hugely up to date so some newer ones might not be on it but yes, I basically read everything that comes across my screen about food and I love to see what people are working on. I'm very embarrassed if I meet a food blogger and haven't seen their site before, although given how many thousands are out there, it definitely happens.
debperelman17 karma2017-10-24 17:03:04 UTC
Such a good question, but in general: no. I don't have completely and total confidence that I'm doing everything right (and if you meet someone who does, well, I don't believe them) but my rule is I don't share anything I don't want. I don't share anything because I feel pressured to. I won't embarrass my children. (I might tease them, though, but about gentle stuff.) No potty training, no trouble at school, no tantrums, hopefully nothing they'd look back at later and find mean-spirited. I enjoy sharing a picture of a day at the park, but I think that their lives should be their story to tell. I hope I'm doing it right; realistically, nobody does.
debperelman17 karma2017-10-24 16:47:33 UTC
I am TERRIBLE at this. It's also been 5 years since I last toured but I tend to do the opposite; I find airport food so depressing, I just decide I'll eat later and then I'm busy at an event and it's too late to get food after and then I don't want to order a sad salad from room service and then the next morning I eat a horse. So, not a model human at this at all. That said, it's weird and terrible but I find it a little freeing sometimes to be off the three-meals requirement when you have kids, when I'm often not hungry for breakfast yet but it's breakfast time so ¯_(ツ)_/¯
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