How was your weekend? Mine was simply fabulous! The weather was perfect! The sun came back and it was finally warmer. I took my children to a kite festival on Saturday located in a beautiful park downtown. And on Sunday, we went to another park and took our bicycles along. The children's cousins were there as well so they just ran around and played for 4 hours each day. We came home exhausted but happy. Everybody slept very well at night.
The running and fresh air did good to my old body LOL My cough is still there but I feel less dizzy than usual and it was a good workout to run around with the kids.
I came home more energized than ever and did something I don't do often: cooking! I am not a good cook and I dread cooking meals because I am so afraid it will turn out bad. I grew up never learning to cook because my mom didn't want me to "waste" my time in the kitchen while I should be studying to earn my university degree instead. So she never taught me and never wanted me in the kitchen with her. She firmly believed that cooking could be learned later.
She unfortunately passed away before teaching me any of her wonderful recipes. I don't know if that's why I was always reluctant to want to cook, because it would always remind me of my mother and how I'll never know how to cook the meals she cooked for me.
Also, I used to have to share my home with other people and my kitchen was never really my kitchen. The "others" cooked ALL THE TIME so I didn't feel it was my place at all to cook and I didn't even have any space left for my own food. But there are excuses really. I am just a failure at cooking!
I am lucky to live next to my relatives who cook for the whole family and my children are always eating at their cousin's house where they stay while I am at work. But my boy is getting increasingly picky with his food and my baby girl is growing up quickly and wanting to eat adult food now.
So I finally decided to buy a good cookbook: the JOY OF COOKING by Irma S. Rombauer. There are so many cookbooks out there so I didn't really know what to get but I trust Melissa's advice from JULIA'S BOOKBAG because she often shows wonderful pictures of food she cooked based on the recipes from that cookbook.
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I didn't think getting a cookbook would matter. I always relied on recipes found on the internet or recipes from colorful cookbooks I already have at home. But I lacked the technique and I also lacked the inspiration. Joy of Cooking if a very heavy book, full of tips and information on how to cook almost everything you could think of.
The first time I opened the book, I read it like it was an encyclopedia. Very interesting read and not dry like I thought it would be. I cooked a few recipes and my family seems to respond well. I will have a lot to learn still so I can't say I am a good cook (yet) but this book sure helps me getting a decent meal on the table for my family :)
I have JULIA'S BOOKBAG to thank for this change in my life! Big hugs to you Melissa! xoxoxo
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