A few weeks ago I read an article Chessie sent to me:
Cooking Complex, Time-Consuming Meals Taught Me to Be Patient With Myself
This article is very good. A great reminder about doing things for their own sakes, that good things take time, and that your kitchen should always be filled with music.
I came across this recipe from Smitten Kitchen here for a risotto with leeks and bacon.
We replaced the light in the kitchen on Saturday, so there’s brighter, warmer light in our small kitchen. We’ve been doing a lot of work lately to build good habits and make the house as calm and relaxing a place as possible. Making the bed every day, making sure all the dishes are done and put away and wipe down the counters, clear the dining room table and make sure all the chairs are pushed in. A place for everything and everything in its right place.
In the spirit of the article above, I listened to some music while I prepped the ingredients and prepared myself to stand at the stove stirring for half an hour.
I listened to:
- John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
- John Coltrane – Giants Steps
- Bill Evans – Everybody Digs Bill Evans
I made a spotify playlist here of those three records.
It was a good meal and a good way to spend an evening. I forget sometimes to play music and really listen to it and doing something like stirring a pot gives me a little bit more space to pay attention to the music.