Admission. I’m a 46-year-old woman, and I rarely cook. I have a husband that loves to cook, and he’s amazing at it! Seriously. He could be a chef, he’s that good. But, I’ve long wanted to learn to be better at cooking. Actually, it’s a self-confidence thing. I’ve never made anyone sick with anything I’ve made. However, I’ve always been around others that have so much more of a natural ability in the kitchen.
My mother did all of the cooking and baking in the house. However, she strictly followed recipes. There’s nothing wrong with that. My husband….exact opposite. He, naturally, knows what amounts of whatever goes well with whatever. This is very intimidating!! I believe I posted in an earlier blog that he’s half Irish and half Italian. Hello! It’s not surprising that he comes from a long line of natural cooks. I’ve had meals from both sides of his family. They’ve all been amazing.
Anyway….the other night, I decided to make some soup. I can hear you, and I agree. Soup is easy. You can’t mess it up. I would agree to an extent. But, you haven’t met me.
I decided to make a seafood chowder. I love seafood. I love chowders and bisque. I really just want any excuse to dip crusty bread into something. I love bread.
So, I poured myself a glass of wine and got to work in the kitchen. It was great. I, actually, enjoyed the whole process. Normally, I’m stressed and anxious and skip over parts of the recipe or forget some key ingredient or step. This night, I told myself that it didn’t matter if I cut the potatoes in perfect cubes or cut the onion the way the professionals do. Because, why should it matter? It tastes the same in the end, right? I really don’t need to fuel my anxiety.
Here’s the progress, and I was thrilled with the results.
You may have realized that this is not a post about how to cook or sharing my own amazing recipe. This is just me wanting to share part of me with you. Now, that I think of it, though, I was missing thyme in this recipe. I used parsley, instead. However, if I had Thyme Essential Oil on hand, I could have easily added a drop of that to this soup for an amazing boost of flavor. I was really bummed that I didn’t have that on hand. I would have gone to the store to get Thyme, but we were in the middle of a huge snow storm that dumped about 18 inches of snow on us. I wasn’t going anywhere….hence the wine.
If you do want this amazing soup recipe, let me know. I can send it to you. I shared it with my sister, as well. She made it tonight and loved it. We both agreed, however, that it could have used some bacon. Because….bacon.
Thank you for reading. Please let me know that I’m not the only one out there that has confidence issues in the kitchen. I’m typing this and smelling garlic from the kitchen…my husband. Garlic is like bacon….it’s amazing and you can’t have too much.
All the best to you.