A day in the kitchen

At 3.30 pm, I wiped the sweat from my brow and wondered where the day had gone. I felt like I’d been in the kitchen all day, and I nearly had. By 6.30 am I was pasteurising the day’s milk. Before the milk was even fully chilled, I was on to making the almond paste that I’ll make into marzipan for Lia’s birthday cake next week. Next, I gathered and packed the food for our weekend camping trip. Then we made a run to the grocery store to pick up a few ingredients. Back at home, I started a batch of naan that we’ll eat on our camping trip tomorrow. While the dough was rising, I made the fondant that I’ll use on the upcoming birthday cakes. Then I picked vegetables, and whipped out a curry to accompany the naan for tomorrow’s dinner. While that simmered, I started rolling out and baking the naan.

Tonight is the kids’ night to make dinner, so as I did the dishes and wiped the counters, I helped them decide what to make. This involved a trip to the garden to assess the availability of cucumbers, then instructing the children on how to make a cucumber salad.

In another hour or so, I’ll need to help the kids make grilled vegetables, then I’ll need to pasteurise the afternoon milk. So I’m taking a break right now to…blog about food.

Thankfully, not every day is this focused on food and food preparation. Indeed, for the next two days, the only food-related work will be to decide when and where to stop for lunch, and what flavour ice cream to get. (I’ve even written the next two days’ blog posts already, so I really am home free!).

So bon appétit! I’m out of the kitchen and off to the beach!