Sitting on the couch last night, nibbling at a stack of stale crackers, I found myself suddenly paralyzed by irony. Literary devices don’t usually pack the punch of neurotoxins, but this was an extreme case. I’d just been nodding in empathy for a woman on the Food Network who was trying her very best to convince Gordon Ramsay that she was simply “too busy to cook”. The woman seemed to have plenty of time to forage for take-out every night, just like I seem to have all the time in the world to sit watching Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Michael Smith (genius!)… basically anyone other than myself, cook. So what’s the hold up? Energy? Motivation?
Plain ol’ Preparation!
You’ve heard it before (haven’t we all-sigh), but the straight up truth is that without some minimal planning, you’re right, you probably don’t have time to cook. But the good news is that the time/energy cost of basic meal mapping quickly pays for itself. It’s time I go back to practicing what I preach and take another look at SavingCymbria’s most popular post of all time…
Need some more inspiration? Check out Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food initiative, Sandi Richard’s show “Fixing Dinner”. Or, if you live in Calgary, visit the Community Kitchen Program for a fantastic way to cook healthy on a limited budget.