Suddenly, things got busy around here. Either that or I am slowing down. Advice for those about to retire…you will be busier than ever after you retire, and wonder how in the world you worked fulltime and had a commute both ways to work five days per week and had time for anything else (you didn’t).
For example, lately, I have been doing more cooking and actually enjoying it. I have discovered it makes a difference to have finally assembled the correct tools and ingredients.
I’m inspired by friend’s cooking efforts. In addition, my weight loss regime and David’s preDiabetic diet drive me to be creative in the kitchen. I didn’t do much cooking while I was working outside the home. I don’t know what we ate or where, but I suspect we ate out…a lot, and that’s very unhealthy.
For example, I found a recipe in my Weight Watchers Point Plus Cookbook for ‘Bruleed Jasmine Rice Pudding’ and at present have six ramekins of rice pudding cooling in the fridge. They will go under the broiler later today. David found the Thai Jasmine rice at the grocery store, and the oven-safe ramekins I ordered from Amazon arrived via UPS just as I was ready to dish up the pudding.
This lovely WW recipe and a “Martha Stewart cooking lesson” on the preparation of perfect rice inspired me to purchase a REAL Zojirushi rice cooker (mfg in China), but not before I cooked “boil in a bag” brown rice with ginger chicken for my daughter and granddaughter Hannah on Wednesday. I’ve had this recipe for over 40 years.
When he was in first grade, Richard (my oldest son)’s class assembled (with the help of Room Mothers) a Mother’s Day cookbook and the Ginger Chicken recipe was included. I hadn’t cooked the dish in 30+ years. I fixed it often when my kids were growing up.
Meanwhile, neighbor Cathy invited me for lunch at her home today, to meet two of the friars from the Franciscan Abby in Washington DC. She has been escorting them (one visiting from Austria) around town. She says she took them to Robert E. Lee’s home, Arlington House, earlier this week.
The good news…Cathy says there is an elevator in the National Cathedral to lift David and me to the clerestory. I haven’t been there in ages either. I’m looking forward to the tea and tour next Wednesday.