I absolutely love cooking for myself (and for the amazing peeps in my life as well). I don't love doing it because I am especially talented or gifted in culinary arts. I love it because I can be creative. And not follow the recipe. And no one can talk to me or tell me it's wrong. Because in the end it comes out delicious. And I can put my music on really loud and go. Cooking healthy food does not have to be difficult. How many times have you heard that? Well I'm sorry all those with excuses, it's true.
It's a form of expression. Creating. And we all crave it more than we think. It makes you feel good when there are no rules and you can just go with the flow of whatever your brain feels like telling you to do. It's liberating. Similar to painting, making music, writing, dancing or just being in the moment.
Truthfully though, what I really like best about cooking is sharing it. And stopping the expectations of what it should be. Because it's only what I want it to be. And I can take off my completely independent exterior and put on the Suzy homemaker apron that I have always feared because I never wanted to be seen as conventional and typical. I have secretly always feared being the stay at home girlfriend that I would see in many of the relationships around me. You can blame your upbringing for only so long until you realize, maybe that life wouldn't be so bad.
Here's what I made tonight:
Roasted Chicken Thighs (bone in) and green squash with garlic, basil, sea salt and pepper
-Cover sheet pan with foil. Drizzle with olive oil. Add chicken thighs and chopped squash. Sprinkle chopped garlic, basil, sea salt and pepper on top of all.
-Bake 400 degrees for 35 minutes
Mixed green salad with basil, multi-colored tomatoes, crumbled gorganzola, red onion and balsamic vinegar.
-Put greens in a bowl. Add tomatoes, basil, cheese, chopped red onion and dress with vinegar.
I am pretty impatient when it comes to food. And maybe life in general. So I make sure that when my chicken is cooking that I have other stuff to do. Answer emails, take a shower, kiss someone passionately, call my mom, program for clients. Use the time wisely instead of staring at the oven. XO