The kids have increasingly taken to cooking of late, particularly Rissie. She does everything from scratch and works on her own, only calling me if I am needed. I know it sounds awful, but I hate it. Bad, bad mother.
It is brilliant that they are cooking, reading recipes and making things – brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. What I do not like though is walking into the kitchen once some cupcakes or biscuits are complete and feeling like a feral rabid dog has gone wild in my kitchen. The kids are fully aware how anal I am and how often it might appear that I am teetering on a knife edge. One side of the knife is normal, easygoing, happy go lucky Lou, on the other side is freak out, manic, obsessive compulsive Lara. I think I am getting closer to perfecting the art of balancing on the edge or staying on the nice side, but too often I fall onto the other side and obsess, worry and panic and do things that I am sure drives me up the wall more than anyone else. So being relatively switched on kids, I think they understand how they need to clean up, do their best etc. But still, regardless of what they do, the kitchen becomes a victim of that feral animal.
The kids are only 8 for god’s sake, so I understand that even though they wash up, nothing will be clean. Even though they try their best to be neat, there will be flour and cocoa powder literally scattered everywhere. It does my head in. Not once have I said anything to them of the thoughts in my head. I try to be my perky Pollyanna best when I am advised that they are both going to be baking on Saturday and try not to sit in the corner of the room, rocking and smashing my head against the wall. I had a really busy week last week and when Saturday came around I literally wanted to do nothing. What I did not want to do was have to re-wash what seemed like a thousand bowls and vacuum and mop a kitchen floor and wipe egg and milk off kitchen cupboards. For once I wanted to do nothing, not turn on the computer, not clean up, not do any washing, not do any jobs, and not do anything. I wanted to sit in the sun and read my book or stare at the sky and day-dream about some future plans. (I am hoping to be sharing some exciting news with you all soon so stay tuned!).
But I didn’t want to spend the day cleaning up. Anyhow, Rissie ended up baking and due to her using caster sugar instead of icing sugar in the icing she got a bit frazzled, the whole thing took longer than it was meant to. I was happy to say that I remained supportive of the little monkey, which was not hard to do when she was genuinely upset. Mothering is hard work. I don’t know if it is normal to think negative thoughts but I think a lot of them sometimes. I love my children with literally every atom of my body, but sometimes they make me weary. Sometimes they do things I don’t like and sometimes they frustrate the hell out of me. Sometimes I resent them because the whole notion of sitting in the sun doing nothing has become incredibly elusive. I would not change a thing about our little life. It is just nice to voice frustrations sometimes. When those Stepford Wives types of mothers proclaim to all who can hear how wonderful motherhood is simply all of the time, I go back onto that knife edge – on one side is the thought of bitch-slapping those sanctimonious women with a great big large mullet, on the other side is the thought that I need to find a balaclava so I can break into their houses and steal whatever drugs it is they are on. Constant knife edges.
I put this together last night – I was feeling weary, exhausted, disgruntled and dealing with Mondayitis. I felt like something that required little effort but would be tasty and satisfying. I love mushrooms – something so meaty about them, if that makes any sense. This would make a great breakfast, lunch or dinner. Super easy. Super yum. Off the knife edge and into a happy place.
Mushrooms & Smashed Avocado with Rocket
Easy meal for one – for more adjust ingredients accordingly
1 small avocado
Handful cherry tomatoes – diced
Large handful of mushrooms – sliced
Salt & Pepper
Remove the avocado flesh and roughly mash with a fork. Mix with some diced cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
In a saucepan, simmer some mushrooms with water, season with salt and pepper until tender, add slightly more water if need be.
Line a bowl with rocket, on top place mushrooms and avocado
Super easy, super delicious.