In the kitchen that is. My food mojo. I’m having a hard time right now. I don’t know what it is. This transition from fresh foods to preserved foods is messing with me. Not to mention that it seems like I go into the kitchen and look around and draw a blank. I can’t figure out what to cook.
This didn’t happen to me a month ago. Or even in the spring when there wasn’t much to choose from.
I think part of the problem is that my freezer is so full of vegetables that I haven’t been able to stock it with as many meat products as usual, and that has forced me drop into a hoarding mode where I don’t want to use something because I only have 4 of them, or however many. This seems to lead to some kind of mental block on what to cook instead. Not to mention that I have a lot more choices when I have some beef in there, and right now it’s all pork and chicken.
Part of the problem is that we do try to go meatless 2 or 3 times a week, but my vegetarian cooking hasn’t kept pace with this desire. Most of the time it’s pizza, pasta or just a whole heap of veggies. I have a vegetarian cookbook, but it’s too foo-foo (ie fancy) for me. I’m a simpleton and I like simple dishes with fresh ingrediants.
Maybe part of the problem too is that we’ve been busier than normal of late so it’s hard for me to sit down and spend some time cooking. Especially on the weekend when I do most of my best cooking. When you work full time using the weekends to prep for quick meals to be prepared after work is essential.
Winter is a hard time for me anyway when it comes to cooking. Half the people here don’t like beans so that takes away most of the potential soup dishes. Winter squash isn’t a huge hit either, so that takes away two pretty large parts of eating through the winter.
I don’t know. It’s hard to figure out. What about you? Are any of you having some difficulty in the kitchen putting fun interesting dishes on the table with what you’ve put up?