Saturday, August 14, 2010
Once A Month Cooking - Not Me!
If I had a bunch of 'kitchen hands' I might be able to pull it off... but while I only have 2... who have small hands and are still in training ... I don't think I'll ever truly attempt it!
Have you ever tried it? Cooking everything for a month in one day?
I can see the benefits but I can't convince myself to pay the immediate cost... so many dishes, so much thinking, tired feet, sore back... and not to mention how crusty my hands would be at the end of it!!
On the other hand... I'm not a cook it every night kind of person. I think I grew up with this for the most part. Meat and 3 veg kind of has to be done like that, don't you think?
While sitting here typing, I have a huge pot of spaghetti sauce simmering away on the stove... at least enough for 4 meals (I'd say 5 however we have guests for lunch tomorrow so that's where the extra is going)... though the pot is big enough that I could have doubled it again and had enough for 10 meals - maybe next time?
I sometimes like to cook a couple of different dishes at the same time. Spag sauce is good for this (though not happening tonight) because once it's on the stove it just needs to simmer for a couple of hours with little attention. It's a good time to look ahead at the menu plan and see what can be prepared ahead with next to no change in the outcome of the meal.
Some things l like to make ahead and leave in the fridge for later in the week...
~Zucchini slice (pick up hot chips on the way home one night and it goes well with the zucchini slice and a quick salad)
~Broccoli and/or cauliflower cheese bake
~Tuna pasta bake (freezes well too - some have told me that freezing pasta doesn't work for them... but I never have an issue... I'll explain what I do to freeze pasta dishes in another post)
~Soups: zucchini; chicken, corn and noodle; beef & barley
~Rice for fried rice
~Mashed potato... spread it into a casserole dish and drag a fork over the top to make it look pretty. Sprinkle some cheese over the top when baking to heat and it's all good!
~Sausages... cooked ahead can save some time on a busy evening. Easily heated in a casserole dish in the oven or in the fry pan with a lid.
As a general rule, I like to get dinner happening soon after breakfast - if it's not already done. It means that even when the day gets crazy that dinner is taken care of :o)