I love to cook. I also love to eat.
For a year or so, in 2002–2003-ish, I lived with an absentee roommate. She was always at her boyfriend's house, so I basically lived alone. During that period, my weekend often revolved around planning and cooking elaborate meals. I'd make a shopping list, gather my ingredients, prepare my feast. I never minded all the effort "just for me." First of all, I'm worth it! Sometimes I'd invite friends over to help me eat. Or I'd just have leftovers for lunch all week. MMM.
In mid-2003, I met my now husband. We did a lot of cooking together. Very fun. Now I had a companion for my culinary weekends. Our cooking style changed as I joined Weight Watchers, but we still enjoyed cooking WW friendly meals.
Cancer put a damper on all the cooking fun since often GH doesn't feel like eating. Kids further dampered the cooking as with the twins around, I just don't have the time to devote to cooking that I used to. Cooking has become so utilitarian for me. I miss the fun cooking. I know I'm just on hiatus for a while, but it is something that I'm nostalgic for since becoming a parent.
One thing I do cook now is all of the twins' food. So far, they have had sweet potato, squash, green beans, peas, pears, prunes, apples, bananas, and avocados (no cooking required on the last two!) There's not much to cooking baby food: steam the hell out of it and puree it in the food processor. Freeze it in ice cube trays. Thaw as needed. I feel good about giving the twins organic food only and about avoiding the unnecessary additives that are sometimes in baby food. Plus, making baby food is waaaaaaay cheaper than buying it. And I can be cheap. I mean frugal. Frugal! That's right.
The twins have not ever had rice cereal, which is the most common first baby food here in the US. I don't really get rice cereal. I get that it's basically hypoallergenic, but since GH and I don't really have any food allergies, I didn't feel a need to start with a hypoallergenic food. Rice just doesn't have much nutritional value. It's just carbs, which we all need, of course. I'm no Atkins girl. But the babies get lots of carbs in breast milk, so I figured I'd go for something with more nutritional oomph. Nothing wrong with rice cereal, of course, I just bypassed it.
The twins love their solid food. They sit in their clip-on high chairs like little baby birds, opening their mouths and waiting for their next spoonful. They like basically everything they have been fed so far, although Ri-Man is skeptical about avocado. Otherwise, they think solid food is groovy.