gotta get back to it…

When life takes over, as it often does, the part of your life that you want to spend most time on is the one that you spend the least on. I want to spend all my time in the kitchen, but I am forced by life and responsibility to go to work 40 hours a week, walk the dog 7 hours a week, attend events or outside of work meetings (could be all the time or none of the time – last couple of weeks it’s about 50 hours of the time), sleep 70 hours (yeah right!), drive 20-30 hours… Wow, that adds up to more hours than there actually ARE in a week, so when can I get into the British Kitchen and this girl has to eat, right?

Well I’m ashamed to say that I have not cooked from fresh enough this week and I have eaten at the dreaded McDonalds… twice! Don’t hate me, there aren’t that many choices on the road, but I know, I should be ashamed… Added to this, my jeans get tighter and tighter and I know I need to pay serious attention to reducing my fat and calorie intake, while still making food I want to eat. Worry not though, this blog will never become a healthy eating blog. I believe in spoiling people with food and that you can enjoy everything in moderation, but if you need to lose a bit of weight, you moderate a little bit more…

At the weekend, I was away on my own for a significant portion of it, but not in a place where I could cook, so I used the opportunity to surf the web, check out my competition, read what other people are cooking. That was fun, let me tell you. The only trouble with that is, you read about the equipment other people are using and then you start researching those items and before you know it? You have dropped 200 bucks on a dehydrator and you seriously think it will change your life!

There is a possibility that Handsome will leave me if I keep buying machinery and trying to shoehorn it into the teeny tiny house. And this dehydrator is not small, it weighs 22 lbs (which is half the weight of my medium sized dog!) and measures 19 x 17 x 12.5 inches. I have no idea where I am going to put it, but it is due to arrive today. Woo hoo!

So you may think you know what a dehydrator does, but my plan is that it will help me do work I haven’t been able to up until now and it will help me even further in my philosophy of cooking everything “from scratch” and with the dream that I will use a significant amount of food that is grown in my own garden. Imagine drinking herbal teas that you make yourself. I pursued this some months back, but couldn’t get used to the idea of drying lemons and ginger (for example) in the oven. Now I will be able to easily dry the materials I need and have a good stock in the cupboard for trying out recipes and ingredient mixes, I’m thrilled!

As for herbs, they can cost 8 bucks a jar in the supermarket… With this, I will grow my own from cheap seed and then dry them excellently in my dehydrator. Now you may ask why I haven’t hung my herbs in bunches and dried them that way… well I have to tell you, in this teeny tiny house, those bunches would be too tempting to our dog, who should have been named Bandit…

I am always afraid of looking nerdy, like a woman who should have been born in a farm house, to make pickles or jams or apple pies, but I must confess, this weekend, I read all about canning, and I can’t wait to try it… And I’m afraid those of you that are unlucky enough to be on my Christmas gift list, will likely be receiving jars of sauce, or jelly, or some other concoction that I have made too much of in my search for the perfect canning technique. I think my next purchase will have to be all the canning supplies…

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