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You know, there's an awful lot to be said for good home cooking. ^_^

Today, I felt like using up some cubed lamb that'd been defrosted at an awkward time (not much space in the fridge or freezer, and still half a pizza awaiting its fate), and tossed it into the slow cooker with a package of tomatoes, a tin of chickpeas/garbanzo, a few inches of a Moroccan spice blend, garlic powder, rosemary, lemon thyme, and mushrooms. After a couple hours, I thought I'd tweak it a little with the addition of some sliced up Cumberland sausages, a tin of chana dal (got to love having a good Indian/Caribbean aisle in the supermarket), and a sliced up leek, along with a little cheap cider to help keep everything moist.

When I came back from today's rabbiteering, all it needed was a little piquance and some tomato purée. Rather tasty, along with some brown rice. ^_^

And yes, a proper entry will be along in the next day or two, with any luck.

Which all leads me to wonder: how often do you cook? Do you enjoy it, or is it just a necessity? Are you even, perhaps, quite good at it?
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Aack! Oh, dear.. no, that wouldn't be much good at all for me either, and not only in the culinary sense. **hug** I'd find all that combined very wearing indeed, as I dare say you do. True, my mother has a tendency toward overcooking, but she's become a little better about that in the last few years. Mercifully, she didn't mind how I organised the fridge, though I did have to point out now and then that slices of bacon, outside any packaging, probably oughtn't be resting on top of some similarly naked cheese. ^_^; (She was merciless on any resealable packaging, greatly preferring the slasher method of entry =:) All in all, it worked out pretty well.

About the closest I've come to your situation was back in the City, a few years ago, where I was sharing the place with a few others, meaning pretty much no fridge space available, and people always around. There, though, I was earning very nice money, so I simply wound up eating out every night, sometimes the Magnolia Cafe, sometimes McDonalds. Yes, I admit it - I have voluntarily patronised their outlets. It's like incredibly fake banana milk - you know it's junk, but it's somehow necessary once in a while. ^_^;

Preprepared pasta can actually be quite handy! I'm quite fond of the macaroni cheese from one of the supermarkets - not really any more expensive than making it from scratch, and surprisingly healthy, too. (I tend to add some cheap "cooking" bacon (ie lots of little minced pieces, ideal for sauces), a sliced leek, and some other vegetable or two, often broccoli)

Mmm, baking! Yep, I remember your fondness for cookies. ^_^ Ah well - here's hoping you're free to enjoy such again before too long. >hug<

BTW, any chance I might be able to bump into you in SL at some point? What av are/were you sporting? Still the Kani here, unsurprisingly - such a good design, even if rather ubiquitous.