Monday, January 27, 2014

Coming Late in Life to Simple Delights

Rhubarb jam made this morning on the woodstove.

I post pictures of foods to FB and to here. Mainly because:

(a) I've lived long enough
(b) I never really had the chance to delight in food preparation for so very many years.

Meals were all need driven. A single mom, two kids, a full-blown career very much in a man's world, long hours. Free time was dedicated to making ends meet: sewing the clothes, making the curtains, knitting the sweaters, freezing the fall vegetables, preserving, rushing through food preparation and lunch making. Catching my breath in between. Juggling mostly. Not really having a good time with it all.


It's a never ending delight. One of the attractions in my choosing to live here was the distance from restaurants. I ate out a lot in Toronto. It was the lifestyle of many of my friends and I fell into it.

Now I delight in prepping food, creating my own recipe book, feeding friends and feeding myself. Making my own bread, freezing meals for those days. Making jams, preserves from home-grown fruits.

I freeze rhubarb among other fruits in the summer and then take it out in batches and make jam after soaking it overnight with sugar on the woodstove. Like this morning.

And I take an inordinate amount of pleasure in this never having to rush, enjoying the textures, the colours, the scent of something happening in my kitchen.

Bliss. We need more of it in our lives.

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Anonymous nick said...

Jenny loves cooking and she experiments with new recipes all the time. Most of her meals are beyond delicious, just as good as the local restaurants, if not better. And all I have to do is wash all the pots and pans afterwards!

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, unfortunately my own cooking skills leave much to be desired....

Mon Jan 27, 12:42:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Cait O'Connor said...

Lovely post, your contentment shines through and inspires me.

Mon Jan 27, 01:37:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Your jam preparation sounds delightful.

Mon Jan 27, 02:36:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Irene said...

I started enjoying preparing food when it stopped being a necessity and became instead just plain. I fix what I like to eat and not what everyone else doesn't. I don't have to please anyone but myself and I think therein lies the secret.

Mon Jan 27, 02:40:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Anonymous Grannymar said...

Rhubarb jam! It would be worth swimming across the pond just to taste it! Do you think I'd make it for elevenses? ;)

Mon Jan 27, 05:08:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Nice labour divide there!!
Given my druthers I'd prefer the cooking anyday.


Mon Jan 27, 05:41:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Well thank you so much!!


Mon Jan 27, 05:41:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

There is a huge sense of accomplishment for very little labour Sandy!


Mon Jan 27, 05:42:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Well sort of for me as I do cook for others regularly and some have dietary restrictions but that just gets my creative juices flowing :)


Mon Jan 27, 05:43:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


I think you'd adore it on my bastible loaf!!!

Yes, worth the swim, we must try and get you a currach with a little motor on the back for the rough bits....:)


Mon Jan 27, 05:44:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love all your post....

Mon Jan 27, 07:33:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Thanks Anon!


Mon Jan 27, 09:03:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Secret Agent Woman said...

Me, too. When I have the time to really work on food in a leisurely way, it's not work at all. It's a joy.

Tue Jan 28, 08:39:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I love cooking and baking
but now most is on a smaller scale. Fill my freezer with a favorite Zuchinni for a special bread that everyone loves.
Like you
this gives me a lot of pleasure.
Many years ago
4 children and working
and not the time I have now...

Tue Jan 28, 11:43:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Hattie said...

We're re-adjusting our palates to the food we eat here after being on the Mainland, where we ate out a lot. I love cooking, too.

Tue Jan 28, 10:02:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Anonymous Rummuser said...

A single dad I too love to hustle up things in the kitchen and did exactly that for lunch today much to the delight of my captive clientele of son and daughter in law!

Thu Jan 30, 09:49:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

I hope I enjoy a similar transformation when time permits.

Thu Jan 30, 03:58:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

I hope I enjoy a similar transformation when time permits.

Thu Jan 30, 03:58:00 PM GMT-3:30  

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