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Thursday, October 8, 2009

What's for Dinner Tonight?

Here it is just a little over two weeks and I think I'm finally over the cold/flu that my daughter brought home from her Early Learning classmates. My husband is nearly over it and my daughter who is only 3 1/2 tolerated it much better than either of us. Oh sure, I wiped her nose on a pretty regular basis, listened to her cough during the day and all night but overall, this little bug didn't slow her down at all. She spent her days running through the house, laughing, jumping, climbing on the furniture and drawing. All the regular activities 3 1/2 year olds get up to when they have a mom who is either too sick or too tired to keep them under control.

It hasn't been all bad though. If I had to pick the best part of being stuffed up and sick with a cold/flu, it would be the freedom from having to decide what to cook for dinner each night. During the past two weeks, our evening meals were either soup or chowder right out of the can so there was almost no prep work and very little clean up. On the few evenings we felt like having something a little more substantial, my husband cooked or we ordered take out. Oh yes, how spoiled I have been while playing up this cold/flu for all it's been worth.

So now with the color back in my cheeks, my coughing under control and the wads of kleenex no longer bulging out of each pocket, it's back to reality. My husband came home for lunch today and just before leaving to go back to finish the afternoon, I hear those words I have not heard for two weeks "What's for dinner tonight?".

It's now back to standing in the kitchen with my head stuck in the freezer (and not for the hot flashes this time Lol!) rooting around and wondering "What am I going to make for dinner tonight?" That age old question that has plagued women since the Stone Age. As I glance through my pantry to see what groceries I still have on hand since before catching my cold, I decide on curry shrimp, steamed rice and chicken pad thai without the bean sprouts. Don't be impressed though, the curry sauce comes out of a jar, the shrimp are bagged in the freezer and so is the lone boneless, skinless chicken breast and the pad thai sauce is in a jar. All I have to do is cook the rice for the side dish, boil the rice noodles for the pad thai and open a couple of jars, heat everything up, throw in the shrimp and chicken and voila "Dinner".

So now I'm off to the kitchen to work my magic but before I do, I have just one question for you, "What are you making for dinner tonight?"


Annie Z said...

So glad you are feeling better Deb!

I really hate to cook. My partner though loves it and is a better cook than me. Yet still, one of the very few clashes we have had has been over me not having dinner organised when he got home! What is it with that??!!

We both work, but he works a lot more hours than me. So, I do take more responsibility for the household side of things and do all the washing and a lot of the cleaning/tidying. But I HATE cooking!!!! hahahahaha

Menopausal New Mom said...

Hi Newmumover40, You hit the nail on the head! Men are raised to expect the woman of the house to have the meals planned and prepared (could that be the way their mother's raised them??). I'm lucky though, my hubby doesn't mind cooking for us when I'm out of steam or ideas. Like you though, the cleaning up and tidying is up to me but the truth be told, he doesn't do it "right" anyway Lol!

Anita said...

Like NEWMUM,I don't like to cook either. Fortunately, my husband knew that before we married, so he knew he wasn't getting Martha Stewart. Inwardly, he probably wishes that I'd begin to experiment and make more of a variety of things, but he never says anything. And, he will cook on Sundays.

I don't know if NEWMUM will come back to this post and comments, but if you do - WARNING - your partner probably won't significantly increase his participation in the household duties, so be prepared to add child care to house cleaning, laundry, and cooking. :)

Annie Z said...

Deb - sometimes not quite right is good enough if you don't have to do it yourself!!!

Anita - Fortunately, my partner came with his cleaning lady in tow. Who was I to complain!! She comes once a fortnight for three hours and it is enough for my sanity!

Anita said...

NEWMUM, as we say here in the states, "You Go Girl!"