One of the first things that 2012 brought to my door (quite literally) was a bag of gently used cooking pots. Previous to that, I was spontaneously gifted three integral cooking utensils that I have stubbornly gone without. Who knew that using a garlic press for the first time could cause me so much happiness? What the heck was I thinking this whole time not using one? My generous benefactors have made me realize that not only do I have to learn to cook healthy food, but I need to enjoy it. I cooked more in 2011 than I ever have in my whole life and for that, I am proud, but my motivation to be in the kitchen is still spotty at best. Having the right tools can really make the difference between a happy, inspired cook and a cranky girl fumbling with a garlic clove. That being said, the only reasonable thing to do now is to search for love… in the kitchen. It’s not the typical romance most people hope for at the beginning of the New Year, but if I can find joy at the chopping block then there’ll be joy in my joints.
Here are two things I’ve done recently to pave the way for some extra enjoyment and motivation in the kitchen:
1. Clear the space: I brought an old shelving unit I had in the kitchen of my previous apartment out of storage, so I could move things like my toaster oven, knives, etc., off my counter. Now, the area is less cluttered, more inviting, and there is more room to prep ingredients.
2. Keep it in plain sight: I bought glass containers, so that I can line my newly spacious counter with healthy ingredients to remind me to use them. Quinoa, dried cranberries/raisins, pumpkin/sunflower seeds, wild/brown rice, and gluten-free pasta are currently on display.
I’m looking to be inspired, my friends, by your tales of kitchen love. What keeps you coming back for more?