Saturday, July 3, 2010

I hate cooking

but I love eating...In talking to many of my retired friends, I've discovered that many are also tired of cooking and planning meals, etc. I remember feeling that way back in 1971 when I was living with my husband and young family of three sons ages 1, 2 and 5 in Bahia, Brazil. It was a real challenge to cook there as the ingredients weren't the same and supermarkets only a dream. We did have lots of yummy fruit and a bakery nearby but trying to fix meals was a challenge. I can remember counting up the days until we returned to the states and could actually go get a hamburger or even buy meat in a refrigerated case.

So what's my problem now? There's just hubby and I to cook for, and he's easily pleased as long as it's protein and not a lot of carbs. But we are both home all day so that's 3 meals every day. I guess it just takes up time that I don't want to spare from my other projects-genealogy, writing, etc. I do go to the market once a week or more and buy stuff, but gone are the days of yore when I sat down and planned my menu for the week: M-spaghetti, T-tacos, W-stirfry, Th-chicken something, etc. I tend to walk through the store now with an open mind and pick up the essentials: milk, eggs, bread, fruit, yogurt and whatever calls out to me. NOT GOOD!

But after 50+ years of fixing meals, you get worn out. Now I understand my grandmother Vernon who when we visited her in her later years would take us out to the local Chinese cafe. Gone were her wonderful melt in your mouth made from scratch rolls and roast beef dinners. In our day and age of frozen this and that plus microwaves there are many alternatives, but many of them just don't taste good. Here's what I managed to cook for lunch today-not too bad: brats-a little salty, brown rice with zucchini, onions and tomatoes, and a red cabbage salad. Even had a sugar free peach pie from the bakery for dessert. But now what do I fix for dinner? Hubby doesn't like sandwiches. Any suggestions? I opted for Wendy's hamburgers-oh no! and gained back .5 pounds!

9 comments:

Jean said...

The only "real" meal I get each day is dinner. Ken and I fix our own breakfasts; at noon we have fruit smoothie, which is a snap to fix. So it's just dinner that I prepare, and some days I'm at a loss as to what it will be. I still enjoy preparing meals for guests, which is what I did just last evening. I often hear friends say they "don't cook any more." It makes me curious as to what they eat! I like to eat out occasionally but wouldn't care to do it daily. I make fresh breads often but probably wouldn't if it weren't for my bread machine.

Janie B said...

I don't like cooking anymore either. I agree that it takes too much time. Now that I'm alone, I rarely cook unless the kids are coming home. It's so much easier. I eat a lot of salads and watermelon right now. Ha!

Kay said...

Now that is a gorgeous meal fit for the pre-diabetic person I am. I don't cook much and I'm happy about it. My mom takes care of us.

Cheryl said...

Mark and I get our own breakfasts and lunches, but dinner we always eat together, except when he is on call and has to leave. He has left many a meal....so now his two call nights we have either pizza or sandwiches! Your meal looked delicious.

Millie said...

I can understatnd your undesires to cook...I feel the same, I sometimes wish I was rich so I could hire a full time chef.
But if it helps, I am now posting quick & essy Summer meals on my food blog. Check it out and you maybe you can find something exciting.Just scroll down my post to see the last 4 posts.

http://nuestracena-vegancuisine.blogspot.com.

ENJOY!

ramblingwoods.com said...

I started cooking for my family when I was 11 and I was tired of it a number of years ago.....

Linda Reeder said...

Sure, I get tired of cooking. But I really like a full, balanced dinner in the evening. I very seldom cook a breakfast. We don't need the bacon and eggs or whatever. Tom has cereal and I have a breakfast shake. I wouldn't even consider "cooking" lunch! Tom makes his own sandwich, I have yogurt, and we both ususally have an apple and maybe some nuts.
That meal looks like dinner to me.
I think you should give yourself permission to cook just once a day. No wonder you're tired of cooking!

Mare said...

Cooking is not on my wish list either! Good thing I am happy with sandwiches and salads and cereal...not a picky eater.

SandyCarlson said...

That looks yummy.

I am a terrible cook because I am so used to packages and what's on my speed dial. I need to get back to cooking as caring!