Getting Back Into the Groove

>> Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I've been making an effort to cook again. It's not that I don't want to, really. I just fell out of the habit. Strangely enough, it was somewhat extremely enjoyable to keep food low-key for a while. But as I spend more time in the kitchen, I'm starting to feel somewhat confused. I'm forgetting simple substitutions that used to come naturally. And some of my skills have certainly atrophied.

Take winging-it, for example. I guess I used to take my ability to just come up with stuff on the fly for granted. Last night, I threw together some tempeh, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, flour, and soy sauce to make these vegan "meatballs."

Looks good!

But . . . they were completely disgusting. Stephen -- who RARELY wastes food -- even reached the point where he just couldn't eat them. So, dinner looked more like this (with sauce, of course -- but not homemade):

On the other hand, I haven't completely lost it. This morning, I took an old pancake recipe and adapted it to satisfy my current craving for apples and cinnamon.

In a word: A.m.a.z.i.n.g.


What you'll need . . .
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 small apple, skinned and shredded
Method . . .
  1. Whisk together the flour, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the almond milk, maple syrup. Stir until well combined.
  3. Fold in the shredded apple (I prefer larger shreds).
  4. Then cook as you would normal pancakes. A little canola oil or Earth Balance over medium heat on both sides until golden brown.

I learned on our break that I don't -- at all -- enjoy taking photos of everything I do. (Wow. Shocking!) Not that I didn't have some Nikon-free moments before. However, I expended a significant amount of energy pulling out my camera before meals and other projects.

I'm learning to strike a better balance between blogging and my work/home lives . . . but it's difficult! It's all about keeping the most of my free time (which is lllimited -- I'm sure many of you can relate) as me-time. Or me-Stephen-and-other-family-and-friends time.

How do YOU strike a balance? Or do you struggle like me? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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