Okay, so I am BACK. Bearing gifts.
Some of you may be getting bored with your current food routines. I do not blame you. However all is not lost. I have a few ideas to help you get out of the rut and hopefully find food exciting again.
1. Bake with the kids in your household. Many kids love baking. It allows them to be creative, a bit messy and also gives them something to look forward too. Baking is also something that many people love to do. Slight tangent, but have you ever heard of 'rage baking'? This was a term coined by Tangerine Jones, a blogger and baker, a few years ago (read an article she published here: https://medium.com/@tangerinejones/the-privilege-of-rage-e5b2cb53d238).
We always have many things to be angry about (there is polarity in everything, so I don't feel that I need to mention how many things we have to be happy about too, but that too). Put your frustration into something that can be fruitful. Get the children interested in channeling their emotions in more fun and productive ways. Do it for yourself too.
2. Eat outside if you can. If you have a garden, take in the scenery and the fresh air. Sit outside with your meal. Get your Vitamin D.
3. Buy a disposable barbecuing kit and use it. These are really affordable and for under a fiver you can grill the best tofu, fish or chicken you've ever tasted. Barbecued plantain is on another level, so that try that too.
4. Fast. This is a good thing to do if you're trying to become more spiritually inclined or even if you're just constantly eating and want to cleanse. Do your research first and seek advice from a professional before carrying out any kind of fast. The first proper meal after fasting always tastes either really amazing or just 'meh'.
5. Reevaluate the food in your household. What are you buying a lot of? Is it rice? Are you not bored of eating rice all of the time? Time for another carb. If you are in bondage with rice, there are even other rice types you can try. Brown rice, wild rice, Jasmine rice etc. Are you always eating chicken? Do you know that you are blocking your blessings? Turkey is even more lean than chicken and if you cook it right, just as tasty. Oxtail? Try something new. Fatigue and boredom are interlinked.
6. Try out recipes from other foodies and/or friends. There are plenty of people all over social media who are offering their recipes FOR FREE. Utilise these. Shout them out when you do it if you're on social media too as it helps. Ask your friends to send you a breakdown of how they cook that dish that you love. Sharing is caring.
7. Connect with your culture. Food is such a massive part of culture. To feel more connected to their culture, many learn their native languages, listen to their native music and learn how to cook their native dishes. If you're able, this would be a good time to learn how to cook the dishes from your culture that you always have to order behind the backs of your parents.
8. Eat with your family / friends. If you have your family around you right now (and you like them enough to do this), set some time aside in the week for you all to sit together and eat. Get to know one another better. Cook some dishes that are easily shared so that there is constant communication. If you cannot have your loved ones around you physically, perhaps you can give them or your friends a video call and talk as you eat together.
Let me know if you decide to do any of these things!