Tasty Tuesdays

Every night I come home and watch the Food Network. I’m starting to yawn, guys. I always say I need a new show to follow. And ya know, I found love in a strange place. At work.

A few weeks ago, our school which plays host to several districts ( it’s a special ed vocational school) was virtually empty due to finals. I am often placed in a culinary class and that week it was silly to move forward with curriculum work. We spent the first couple days of the week cleaning the kitchen and reeking of bleach.The rest of the week was spent watching videos. On top of videos showcasing real life chefs ( San Francisco 1990s plating, take me away!), one day Chef showed the auditions to The Taste. Right then, the skies opened up and all the angels looked like Nigella Lawson holding molten chocolate cakes.

Ok, not really. But I said “I can do this”.

Unlike Chopped, which mostly showcases experienced professional chefs and has become B-O-R-I-N-G, The Taste inspired me as the home chef I am and the chef I hope to become. Inspired me to do my damndest and take advantage of all I can learn at work ( I work in a baking class in the morning and and a cooking class in the afternoon). TO learn alongside my students, get my hands dirty and work on my skills. To cook daring dishes at home and do things that scare me. ( Last week I roasted a chicken for the first time. Of all things I’ve cooked, I’ve never cooked a whole chicken. Guess what? It was simple and delicious. Next step? Working with Yeast. After that? Maybe…possibly….competing on team Nigella? Maybe. But I know I want to go to culinary school in a year or two so I have a big, shiny brass ring in my sights. Being a contestant would be the icing on the sinful, chocolate cake.

Check out this episode and tell me it isn’t charming.

Anticipating the next auditions!

 

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2013- Setting Goals and Achieving Them

Happy 2013 everyone! As the new year sets in, many of us think about goals we’d like to make, and how to better ourselves. Most of the time these goals turn out to be way bigger than we can handle and we don’t make it through a season, let alone a year. I’m totally guilty of this.

This year, I’m getting ambitious. My goal is to follow through with my goals! This involves reading books and trying recipes to strengthen my mind and body, maximizing our family time, beautifying our home and blogging about it in the process! HOW am I going to do all of this without setting myself up for failure?

A couple years back I was going through some tough stuff and seeing a counselor. Among dealing with the issues I was initially there for, I realized that I had a lot of trouble accomplishing goals I set for myself.My primary problem was that I would take an interest in something, start a big project ( like a blog!), get overwhelmed  and move on to the Next Big Thing.

This was a vicious cycle, because I would become so invested in a project that I would feel like a total failure when I got to the point where I didn’t see it through. I realized this was spilling into my everyday tasks as well and that’s when using a day runner became so important for me to tackle the small stuff. But what about the bigger projects?

Goal Ladders are exactly what they sound like. At the top is your major goal and each rung is a smaller task that helps you accomplish that goal. I’ll use getting fit as an example, since it’s such a popular New Years Resolution.

Recently UpdatedHere, I’ve taken a relaxed approach over a regimented one. These aren’t hard and fast rules, but a visual aide for me to stay mindful of my choices of how I shop, exercise and eat. Someone who, say, wants to participate in the next Tough Mudder, would have more rules than reminders, how much they run per week, how much protein they’re taking in, etc.

I’ve also invested in an undated daily planner that has a full page devoted to each day. This makes it easier for me to remember ALL my tasks for the day, from blog posts to doctor’s appointments.

I hope that you’ll be able to take some inspiration away from this! What are your goals for 2013?