Yes the title of this post really is cooking. And not cooking as in another quilt but cooking as in - in the kitchen cooking things to eat.
To begin - I have a question for you - How do you cook? Or rather more specifically 'how do you cook so that it fits in around all the other things you have to do and all the other things you want to do'?
My story is I used to be a pretty OK cook. Not as in cheff-y, dinner party palaver cookery but as in cooking stuff up from scratch from traditional recipes - pies, quiches, toad in the holes, lasagnes.......(oh those were the days). Then there were the cakes - the basic Victoria Sponges and the not so usual (thank you Nigella) recipes such as coca cola cake and lemon meringue cake (yes cake). And then there were the jams (as in jellies/preserves) - I used to have a jam and chutney making habit, yep! I was an at least two new jams a week girl.
When I wasn't cooking - I was off at the library borrowing more cookery books, copying out recipes I wanted to try in a series of sketchbooks and illustrating them with little sketches.
And then I got a bit bored in the kitchen (really it was that never ending pile of dishes I think) and discovered gardening, then I discovered I got allergies from the gardening and discovered sewing.
I don't think my husband has ever recovered from the change.
He even bought me this custom made couscousier which is hardly ever used and lives dustily on top of the fridge. Really it has no hope against the lure of the Pfaff. Of course I do still cook and feed my family, it's just never very exciting anymore so I'm in and out of that kitchen so fast you'd think there was a revolving door.
So I had an idea. It involved getting my sewing machine out (so I quite liked it) and making some pretty fabric things to perhaps lure me back in to spending more time in the kitchen.
Tea towels to make drying the dishes a less drudging task,
Dishcloths at the ready for the washing up
And a few tortoises to keep me company at the oven door...
Really I am not holding out for this idea to actually work but I think it is worth a shot to see if I am capable of becoming a kitchen goddess once more.
I'll keep you posted......
So what about you, what's your story, do you cook or are you like me and only good at cooking up excuses ???????????