Here we are guys, Wednesday already. Which means I have officially completed 4 days in my new office – aka: the Station Kitchen. And I am pleased to report – so far so good.
I don’t even know who I am anymore. I know I keep saying it, but it is true. Even my Dad is scared for me. He thinks I have crossed over to the dark side….the tidy/clean/obsessive side. If someone had have told me last year that I would be cooking full time this year I would have told them they were out of their minds. But since getting my act together back in January I am actually enjoying it …. no, did I just say that out loud? Shhhhhh don’t tell anyone.
I was even thinking yesterday about my “About” page on this blog – I had written that I hate baking. I may have to change that because it hasn’t been too bad. You see I am channeling my inner Aileen (our old cook of 6 years) and I tell you what – things are rolling along marvellously!!!! That woman was all over it, she had her routine and was never in a mess. It is thanks to her that I can do this job now. I used to end up in the biggest mess every time I would cook anything, and I think that is the reason why I hated cooking so much, I just thought about the mess. But Aileen taught me one valuable lesson: don’t get everything out that you need, don’t put every single ingredient on the bench top and then leave it there. Get each ingredient out as you go… flour: put it in the bowl and put it away, sugar: put it in the bowl and put it away, cocoa – put it in the bowl and put it away. Holy cow, how can something so simple change my life? No longer am I in a mess, I am in control. I don’t rush or stress, I just poke along and chill out. I used to go over to the kitchen and Aileen would have slices baked, dinner in the oven and would be creating a dessert and there would be zero mess, I just didn’t understand how she was so in control, no fuss, no mess and no stress. Now I get it. So thanks Aileen. I also have this little chestnut ringing in my ears…. thanks Merril.
Another thing I am loving about cooking is listening to endless Podcasts. Clancy either plays outside, builds lego inside or watches a bit of tv, he has been really fantastic, which means I can listen to my podcasts. I am now totally caught up on Chat 10 Looks 3 with Leigh Sales and Annabel Crab, and I must say I am loving it. I have also been listening to Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, This American Life (but for some reason only one episode comes up in their feed, so if you know how to rectify this please let me know), and of course Two Fat Expats and Conversations with Richard Fidler. Please keep your podcast suggestions coming in, I know my readers love to know about them too and I am always on the look out for a new one.
So there you have it folks, things are actually going surprisingly well. I am just waiting for it to all fall apart and me lose my shit. I have been so calm, I just don’t know what it is, perhaps my Bitch Pills are already working, I have been taking them religiously. But seriously, this whole “Get sorted with Chards” thing has been a game changer. My house is still tidy which makes all the difference. If I can stay on top of things here then all should be ok. Lets not talk about the office right now… there are a few things that need sorting out in there, like a new computer that needs hooking up (and everything switched over to it from the old one….arggghhhhhhhhh I have put it in the too hard basket).
If you have been wondering what’s been cooking then here, have a little squiz at my spreadsheet – I think this has also kept me sane. I haven’t had to think “oh god, what should I cook”. I can only imagine how proud my Virgo friends are of this little spreadsheet.
I think I only have a few for smoko this morning, so I should be able to catch up today and bake a few biscuits etc. I have been so busy listening to my podcasts that I have been forgetting to take photos. Some of the meals I have cooked so far are: Roast Beef & Veg, Corned Beef & Veg, Steak & Chips, Sweet Corn & Bacon Pies, Pizza, Bubble & Squeak, Devilled Sausages (both using up left overs for lunch yesterday)…. and that is about it guys. On the menu today we have Rissoles and Veg…..everyone knows rissoles Darl…. Here is one of the only photos I have taken…. Bubble & Squeak, ha ha ha…
It was our head stockman’s Birthday yesterday, so I trotted out a chocolate cake, doesn’t look fabulous but I can assure you it is good – moist and yummy. It is one that you make in a saucepan. The icing is also made in a saucepan which is why it has run everywhere, but by golly it tastes great. I will have to put the recipe up on the blog.
In other important “need to know” news – I had the best dream last night. I was on my way to New York with a bunch of fun people. Not sure who these fun people were but I can tell you that I was completely beside myself as we flew over New York City ready to land…. god I am dying to go to NYC, anyone else care to join me. I have been told in no uncertain terms that Mr Chardy is not keen. Which works for me, I would prefer to go with girlfriends anyway – imagine the fun. I blame this obsession completely on Baby Mac & Styling You. I can’t stop reading their stories about NY. I would love to go with someone who knows the place and can show me the sights. So tell me, when do we leave? Surely there is a blogging conference happening that I just “have to attend”. These dreams can only mean one thing – I need to get to town… Mt Isa… not quite NYC!!
Happy hump day my friends. How has your week been?
What is the one place you are dying to visit? I would be happy with anywhere out of Australia to tell you the truth.