I think what I love most about what I do is menu planning. I scour magazines for new ideas and on occasion I watch Food Network. I especially love learning new tips or ideas from other great cooks. Love “food talk!” Often times I will strike up conversation with people in the check out line about how they’re going to prepare items in their cart. People love talking about their specialties and they share their best tips freely.
Recently I had a conversation with one of my clients who is 84 years young. We spoke of fall apart pot roast, mashed potatoes and cooked carrots…OMG, totally a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. Clearly the conversation struck a chord with her, she had the sweetest expression on her face when she spoke of it being a favorite meal that her mother used to make. I am SO going to put that on my menu in the very near future. I love creating meals that take people back. Sort of nourishing the body and soul. I can’t explain why I get so much satisfaction out of that, but I truly love it.
Since it’s been so hot this July I took soups off my menu until fall. I had a hankering for soup today. I love it because it’s the simplest lunch that requires no thinking or assembly. Simply warm it up and you’ve got all kinds of veggie and broth goodness in one bowl. I love that there are no rules, whatever you want to throw in, it’s up to you. I throw little bits of leftover vegetables, rice or pasta. I think anything you throw into homemade chicken stock can’t help but be delicious.
I think I’m going to have to make myself soup in the next couple of days. Maybe chicken vegetable noodle. Recently I de-boned many chicken breasts so I’ve got plenty of soup bones for stock. Since moving my business into my kitchen rental I haven’t made my usual Sunday chicken stock. I put it on the stove in the morning after church and let it go all day. The house smells amazing and at the end I’ve got a rich and lovely stock. Yup, that’s what I’m going to do this weekend.
Let’s “talk food” again soon. Thanks for reading:-)