Domestic Goddess Wanted
I’m the first to admit I’m a bit of a slob. I never make the bed, I can easily ignore dishes in the sink, and I never think about doing laundry until there isn’t a stitch of clean clothes left to wear.
I’ve been married for eighteen years and my husband married me with the full knowledge that I am not a domestic goddess. Throughout our marriage we’ve divvied up the chores. Being a far more organized person than myself, I can tell you that on his watch the house is much neater and the laundry is done in a timely manner.
When it comes to cooking, between the two of us we can almost make a solid week’s worth of meals. I rock the scrambled eggs and he is a genius with a tuna fish sandwich. But we could not truly survive without pre-packed meals and junk food.
So you can imagine my horror when a year ago I was suddenly faced with a life altering situation—- I had to stop eating anything with preservatives in it. No pre-packed meals, no junk food. I was only supposed to eat whole foods and things made from scratch.
This change in my life wasn’t by choice, I had come down with a case of chronic fatigue, eating well was on the list of things I had to do to get better.
Things made from scratch--When I heard those words I admit I panicked. Fantasies about being fabulously rich and having a personal chef flitted across my mind, but unfortunately the ugly reality was if there were going to be meals made every day from scratch somebody was going to have to make them and that somebody was going to have to be me.
I remember the first time I lived on my own, calling my mom and asking her how long it took to boil and egg. How the heck was I going to pull this off? I had no idea, but I figured at forty-three it was time I learned how to cook.
And so it began. There were a lot of not so great meals in the beginning, but as I chugged along the food got better and I started to enjoy myself.
I can’t believe I am saying this but now I actually like to cook. There is something really satisfying about making something from scratch and having people “ooh” and “aw” after it. It’s the same satisfaction I feel when people read the stories I write. I guess I can now list cooking as one of my hobbies.
Do you have any recipes you would like to share? I’m always on the lookout for something new to make. I have a rocken recipe for apple salad and if you have never tasted watermelon salsa then you really need to give me a shout.
When I am not cooking you can find me working away on my writing. I have a bunch stories up as free reads you can access on my website: http://www.samanthastorm.com/