I realized the other day while talking to a friend that after a few posts into my Dinner: Impossible series, I still haven’t told you my number one secret, purely in the cooking sense, of course. Have to keep this family friendly.
Are you ready? It’s good.
Alright. So, my friend was going on about her crazy 4PM to 8PM hours that are filled with dance, church class, speech, homework, etc. She declares “I barely have time to eat, when am I supposed to cook?”
I looked at her like it was oh so obvious. And that’s when I realized, wait, am I the only one doing this?
See, most of the time, I don’t cook at dinner time.
What was born out of necessity (B literally wouldn’t let me because he insisted on being held during that time) became more of benefit to the blog as well. So many of those winter months yield no light after 5PM, which is terrible for photographs (and moods). Thus began my normal routine of cooking (and photographing!) during nap time.
I realize not everyone has that luxury, whether you work out of the home or you simply have a toddler who will not nap (I want to hold you). But most parents who are at home have some time during the day to get stuff done whether that is nap, preschool, or those lucky enough to have 7 straight hours of the wonderful world of elementary school. Amen.
So, roast up these shrimp at 10AM. Get a soup going at noon. This stew is a great make ahead. Roll these puppies up during the day and bake when you’re ready to eat. I’ve been known to make this during free time on the weekends and then bake on Monday or Tuesday. Come dinner time, all you’ll need to be do is sip a glass of wine while your creation simmers away or warms up on the stove.
Who am I kidding? I know you’re driving around like a maniac. Happy Friday, friends!