Things change.(Brilliant observation, I know)
Life ebbs and f-l-ooooo-w-s. (I’m on fire aren’t I?)
One minute you’re all over something and the next- not so much.
One season looks promising, and then… the bottom falls out.
You have a great idea, only to find out you don’t have the resources, or it conflicts with your weekly massage appointment.
Priorities are a wicked task master.
So it is with some trepidation that I am finally able to admit, that…
After 32+ years of cooking nearly Every. Damn. Day… I’m uninspired.
Do we really need to eat?
Can’t we just have cheese, crackers and wine?
Ben’s been very good about all of this. No eye rolling. No ‘humpf’ when he walks in the door. No making me feel guilty. (I do that plenty all on my own).
You see, I always felt it was one of the ways I could contribute to family life.
Now, don’t go and get your knickers all in a twist.
It was never because I thought it was my ‘place’.
If I had chosen to never cook a meal then that would have been our routine.
I chose to make it my contribution and I enjoyed it- looked forward to it, learned valuable skills, even honed the Art of the Meal.
I was (am)a good cook, but I’m just not feeling it- lately. My ‘Fire’ is waning (among other things, but thats’ a post for another day. EeGads).
Maybe it’s because we live in New Orleans, and seriously- I can throw a stone and find a great meal?
Especially on Mondays.
It’s Red Beans and Rice anywhere you go, and sometimes, when my flame re-kindles…
even in my kitchen.
Red Beans & Rice
1 pound dried red beans, rinsed and drained
10 cups water
one ham bone
one cup cubed smoked ham
one pound uncooked smoked sausage sliced
3 pressed garlic cloves or 2 tablespoons minced prepared garlic
one medium sized yellow onion, diced
one medium sized green peppers, diced
two stalks of celery, diced
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
a smidge of chopped parsley
2 teaspoons salt
one bay leaf
and 4 cups of cooked rice