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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - fast-ed.com.au

I’M a lit­tle bit ashamed, but also kind of re­lieved. I’m weighed down with a com­plex con­tra­dic­tion of emo­tions that has split me down the mid­dle.

I didn’t want to cook yes­ter­day.

I mean, not as in for­ever, just din­ner. And just last night. But it felt aw­ful.

You’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing why the drama, but for me this is un­charted ter­ri­tory. You see since I first started cook­ing 25 years ago I have al­ways loved it. I mean, ev­ery day kind of loved it. Even when it was just peel­ing spuds or cook­ing sausage siz­zle for the foot­ball team. Long hours, burnt fingers, cuts and too much cof­fee? Love it.

But last night I just couldn’t be both­ered. I was ex­hausted, and a lit­tle bit spent.

Ap­par­ently most peo­ple get that feel­ing from time to time, or even more of­ten, and that’s some­thing I re­ally didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate. So if that’s the case then it’s prob­a­bly about time that we de­vel­oped a good strat­egy for meals when the en­thu­si­asm just isn’t there. Here’s three tips: 1. Re­lax, it’s just one meal. Worst case sce­nario the kids have ce­real. Re­ally, it’s not the end of the world, give your­self a break. 2. Ope Open the fridge and let your tea team help them­selves. I bet the they’re more ca­pa­ble than you give them credit for. Perh Per­haps they’ll still need a li lit­tle help, but that’s still less ar­du­ous that a full scale me meal, right? 3. If y you are go­ing to in­sist on co cook­ing, then scale it righ right back. Go for a rec recipe you know in­side an and out, some­thing th that you can al­ways nail, like bolognese, sim­ply change one thing to make it seem like a whole new m meal. Bingo, that last o one’s great. Beef bolognese be­comes tur tur­key bolognese and you you’re a hero even thou though you’d have rathe rather ditched the lot of them t to Net­flix and chill. Nice on one, now, where’s that bot­tle o opener?

Go for a recipe you know in­side and out ... like bolognese

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