One of us creates, one of us compiles. I'm talking about the kitchen, not the crafts room. It could drive me crazy; instead I let it drive my culinary creativity (which occasionally drives Sarah away from the dinner table...)
Sarah is a culinary force of nature. She can close her eyes and imagine a bounteous feast, then find the ingredients to bring it to reality. Watching her cook is a sensual delight, and after 10 years of marriage I can happily say that one of my most common complaints is that we eat too well.
When I'm cooking, on the other hand, I rarely start with a vision; I start with a long blank look into the fridge to see what we have to use up. Thanks to Sarah's opulence, there's always a variety of left-overs and half-used ingredients for me to play with. I pull them out into a big pile on the counter, and then figure out what kind of stir-fry or cookies or burger patty they could be combined into.
This morning's pancakes featured the remains of the boys' Sunday rice/oatmeal porridge (which itself already had the remains of the rice/apple-pulp porridge from 3 days earlier), the rest of the rather unsuccessful home-made rice milk, and some sad blueberries from Galen's lunch box. Their lunches had a combo of 2 types of soup together with tofu, the rest of the tofu cut into strips to eat cold, carrots and dried apple from yesterday's lunch leftovers, and cold pizza from Sunday dinner.
Breakfast and lunch prep liberated 9 (nine) food containers from the fridge (now sitting in the sink waiting for me to finish typing and start cleaning). If I didn't have this seagull cook persona, that all would have ended up as compost. And even though that compost all would have helped feed our chickens and garden and therefore eventually wind its way back into our stomachs in a fresh way, I just hate hate HATE throwing away food. Maybe in my last life I grew up in the depression.
All this is really just a creative way of blaming Sarah for my eccentric cooking, and to ask if we the only couple with this dynamic? Is it a gender difference, or a relationship thing where one person goes one direction and the partner in the opposite direction? Or is it just cheap/ethical/quirky/creative me?
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