Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Putting the passion back into cooking
Yesterday was that day. I told her we could go midday because it probably wouldn't be as crowded. HA! I don't think there is such a thing.
She is so cute. She wants to learn to cook and save money, both of which are up my alley. She came over and I had her try several of my favorites and I asked her if she wanted something to eat. She politely declined and I said "I've got chicken done in the crock pot, I can easily make a chicken wrap." She smiled and said "okay!" I quickly threw together a quesadilla on the panini press using a low carb wrap, chicken breast, enchilada sauce, a little BBQ sauce, 1 tbsp of chipotle hummus, thin sliced cheese and arugula. Almost all of it was from TJ's. She raved about it. She said she wanted to cook like that and was asking all kinds of questions.
It was like throwing me square into my element. I love sharing my knowledge of cooking especially to people who don't think they can or are basically a clean slate eager to learn any little suggestion you throw at them. We got some of the things she tasted as well as a few extras. I know people were getting irritated with us because you TJ's peeps know how it is, even if you're trying to get out of the way, you're still in the way. She wants to make Brussels sprouts (squee!) and her excitement and enthusiasm was rubbing off on me big time. I think it's just what I needed to kick me out of the food rut and reaffirm that yes, I do know what I'm doing. She jokingly said she wished I taught cooking classes. I told her if she wanted to learn, I'd be more than willing to teach her. She said absolutely and she would bring over food she wanted to learn to make and have me teach her how to prepare it so she and her boyfriend could still eat well at home and save money. I can't wait to begin teaching her stuff and I hope it'll get my creative wheels turning so I can make even better stuff to share with the Mr. (And of course, you guys!)
It was such a fun time and I am really looking forward to teaching her how to cook and how to stretch meals to make them last for multiple meals. Yay for sharing the culinary love!
Does someone else's enthusiasm about something you take for granted help reignite your passion for it?
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