I had a wonderful weekend at home. My schedule of late has been nothing but travel. But this weekend, I spent my time puttering, trying to put some order to the chaos of my home, which includes piles of paper that define my home working area and which continually encroach on other areas. While I did that, my husband cooked.
He’s only discovered cooking in the last couple of years. In the first almost two decades of our married life, we relied on my culinary talents to feed us. In between raising two kids and working inside and outside the home, well, suffice it say that our culinary adventures weren’t always so adventurous.
Not so anymore. Since Alan took over the reins, we’re treated regularly to gourmet meals, featuring quality ingredients that are cooked with care. We’re new empty nesters as of last September. That may sound like a nonsequitur but it’s about having the time to make such meals. What a difference with the kids gone…. Gourmet meals aren’t required for healthy eating, however. If you’re crammed for time, simple meals made from quality ingredients can be just as satisfying and are certainly as healthy.
So what was Alan cooking? Lamb Vindaloo, Chicken Tikka Marsala, Aloo Gobhi (cauliflower and potatoes). Using recipes from Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Food Revolution btw. (It is a cookbook but I couldn’t find it on his site. There are great recipes on it, though, so wanted to link to it.)
As many of you know, I’ve become devoted to helping people heal their physical selves using food as medicine, really nutrition as medicine. All this food fits big time. The type of food we used — lamb, which is always grass-fed, free-range chicken, organic — and spices/herbs like turmeric, ginger, garlic all contribute to the immense goodness of the meals he made. Not to mention the love. As I said, Alan has really gotten into cooking.
And, here is the big lesson for this post…he learned to cook by watching Food Network. (Although to sing my own praises, it does help that he has me nearby to answer questions.) And the Food Network is just one of so many resources available to help us learn how to cook.
Do you have a healthy relationship with your kitchen? It’s just about as important as our relationship with food because it’s almost impossible to eat well if we eat out often.