Maybe it’s ironic, maybe it’s not, but back when Mark worked a regular old day job as a Pastry Chef, we used to eat like Kings. Yes, he’d leave at the ungodly hour of 4:45am in the morning every day, but that also meant that even after putting in a full day’s work he’d get home in the afternoon around 3. Back then, there wasn’t much to do after work except cook a nice dinner and play with the kids. Once dinner and bedtime routines were done, he’d be in bed himself by 9:30. So in his spare time, he’d plan meals, go to the store and cook these really great dinners and desserts pretty much every single night.
I think even you can see that we’ve been posting recipes less and less since we started this blog. One of the main reasons we set up sweet fine day was to post and archive recipes. It was meant to be a sort of collecting place and a first pass at recipe documentation for a future (waaay in the future) project like a cookbook. If you’ve ever known a chef, then you may know that many chefs don’t write recipes down in a manner that most normal people would be able to follow. At least in Mark’s case, it’s just measurements and maybe a bit of chicken scratched notes. There might also be a tiny drawing of what the dessert might plate like – I mean, like really little, a drawing smaller than a postage stamp – but often nothing else written down. But there have been fewer recipes on the blog and it most definitely is a reflection of what’s going on in our house.
So what are we eating these days? Sadly it’s been a lot of thrown together fare or stuff pulled from the freezer. There just isn’t as much time anymore, especially these days when we are at our busiest of the year. A few times a week if we’re lucky, there might be a roast chicken or pork, a pasta, and maybe some kind of easy build-it-yourself Mexican Food night, but we’ve been in a food rut and we’re getting tired of the same old same old. We’re often left craving satisfying food. Because of our finely tuned food budget, we only buy what’s on a grocery list which prevents us from buying a lot of crap at the store. The upside? Our monthly food costs are fairly low for a family of 4 and we rarely waste food ever (yay). The downside? Our fridge almost always looks empty and we never really seem to have any extra “stuff” to snack on (boo). Ironic, yes? So, dear readers, what are you making for dinners these days? ‘Cause as you can see from above, tonight we had Chinese take-out (hot and sour soup for my newly sore throat, oh no!). It’s something we rarely do so it was definitely a treat, especially for the girls who love wonton soup, but it’s not a habit we can take on no matter how busy we get.
So…I’m guessing many of you can relate?