|Kitchen running at full tilt |
I hate to see homes with high end appliances in a gourmet kitchen that owners never really use. Mine gets a workout every day and that's a healthy thing just like a gym workout. Exercising the kitchen reflects health and productivity in my home since I think of it as the heart of my house. The day may start with a perfectly clean, tidy kitchen in the morning. No dishes in the sink, no pots on the stove, everything put away in the pantry or refrigerator; just one favorite knife I always leave out on a cutting board but by 6 o'clock that evening it looks like I opened every cabinet and dumped it all out. Like a child whose toys are out of site in the toy chest only to be rediscovered one by one with relish and fascination. I remember pulling a doll or little car out of my toy box as a child and a, "let's pretend..." moment would begin as my imagination took over. That's the way I approach grocery shopping. I might look at a package of chicken breasts and think, "Oh, you again," but then pass the olive bar and my mind will start to spin. The other day, I had a plan for dinner and then I found a flat of apricots that begged me to consider the possibilities. Things got intense in the kitchen that evening.
|Bread Machine & Computer running|
Ok, I had a halibut dinner menu ready that would be accompanied by the fabulous fresh tomato/caper sauce I'd made a few days before and a quick saute' of Swiss chard on the side seemed easy enough. The halibut would be cooked sous vide which is quite easy except it involves my vacuum sealer and a stock pot of water. Oh, it's time to make our everyday bread too, we're down to the last slice, so I need to get out my bread machine. It only take a few minutes to put all the ingredients in and let the machine do most of the work. I'm really excited about those apricots and jam is so easy to make, all I have to do is take the pit out and chop them, add sugar and lemon juice. I got the food processor out to pulse the apricots to just the right size for jam, then into my big Le Creuset dutch oven. I'll need a funnel and a few jars to put up the jam when it's ready. Now, should I get the pressure cooker out to make quick work of the Swiss chard? I'm about to run out of counter space and electrical outlets. All the while, my computer is running an America's Test Kitchen
episode of Bridgette and Julia instructing us how to make some dish better. Enough!
The food is good even if things are a bit messy. The kitchen smells like fresh bread and the apricot jam is divine. Like a good, sweaty, productive workout, I feel satisfied with my efforts even if I'm a bit disheveled.
There will always be dishes to wash and things to put away even if it's just a salt and pepper shaker but my kitchen has muscle and I flexed it today.
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