I am the only woman in my home – since my daughter left home about three years ago. What this means is this:
I set the emotional tone in the home.
I can act irrational and my ‘boys’ just look at each other and shrug their shoulders.
I am in mid-life. Yeah – you get the picture.
I am the nurturer and care giver – kissing all the ‘boo boo’s’ providing soft soothing words of comfort, and tea or soup to make it better.
I have lots of personal space – no one questions me.
I can get away with crying at sappy movies – or even those that aren’t sappy.
But most of all –
I am Queen OF THE KITCHEN.
This may not sound like too much to you – but believe me. It’s huge. Two women in the same kitchen does not make for pretty relationships. I am alone and rule with authority. My husband (the King) is great at following behind me and cleaning up my many messes. As long as I cook – he is quite happy to do this.
Now I am aware that the greatest chefs in the world are men – but in our home I am Julia Child.
I am picky about how I chop things – taking extra care that no skin or rind gets into the pan. My ‘boys’ are not so picky – so I give them other jobs. It is better that way.
I am patient when it comes to bringing things to a boil – and being careful to stir so things don’t burn. My ‘boys’ are not so patient – they are in a hurry.
Great cooks are not in a hurry. And neither am I.
I love my slow cooker. We are very good friends.
I experiment with different healthy meals – and they usually turn out really well!
I made baked eggplant covered with marinara sauce for dinner last week – and it was like a healthy lasagna. Only my husband didn’t know if my 19-year-old son would like it – (no meat) – and took a look at the peculiar looking dish – then told our son he should probably pick up a hamburger on his way home. Can you believe that? WELL I NEVER!! And the thing was – my eggplant was really good. Hmph! I still get a good chuckle over that!
But they still keep coming back – there are just some things they can’t make as well as I can. Oh they can make breakfast items – and grill to perfection – but in everything else that requires experience and patience – that is left to me. So Queen of the kitchen I shall remain ♥