05 April 2010

Why I Blog

I often ask myself why I blog. There are days that just the thought of even cooking makes me want to go to closest McDonald's and eat a cheeseburger. The thought of taking pictures of more food results in me wanting a large order of fries (or chips to you, Anne).Just thinking about trying to type up something worth reading gets me sucking down a chocolate shake. Those are the days I let my hubby make Hamburger Helper instead of me trying to figure out something new and tasty to share with you.

I know lots of bloggers have time set aside for blogging. Some even plan it out from start to finish and sit at a desk to type what aboiut what they've so lovingly created. I often wonder how I can possibly measure up to those people. I don't plan in advance what I'm going to do. I'm lucky if I've figured out what to cook for dinner before I get to the grocery store. I sit on the couch watching tv while I type up each post. That's also where we've usually eaten our meals.

It's when I'm sitting there next to my hubby that I remember why I started blogging and why I keep on doing so. It's for him. I started this while he was overseas so that he could feel like he had a piece of home with him every time he got on a computer. I also wanted to learn some new recipes so that when he came home I could make him more than just spaghetti or chicken and rice. He does so much for me without ever being asked and wants nothing in return then for me to just love him. I give him a hard time about a lot of things, but at the end of the day I love him very much. That's why when I knew I'd be gone over the weekend I got dinner prepared for him to just pop into the oven. I didn't want him to be without or have to buy nasty food for lunch the next day at work. This meal was for him courtesy of Jamie Oliver. Although he didn't really like it as much as I had hoped, maybe you will. I love you, hubby!

Salmon Baked in a Parcel
Recipe by Jamie Oliver

2 handfuls of green beans
2 lemons
2 x 7-oz. chunky salmon fillets, skin on, scaled, and bones removed
2 heaped Tbl green pesto
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Trim the beans by cutting off the stalk ends but leave the wispy tips on. Halve one of the lemons. Get about a yard of tin foil and fold in half. Place a handful of green beans in the middle of the foil. Lay a salmon fillet, skin side down, across the beans and spoon over a good Tbl of pesto. Drizzle with olive oil, squeeze over the juice from one of the lemon halves, and season with salt and pepper. Pull the foil edges together and scrunch them up to seal the parcel.
  2. Repeat these steps for the second parcel and place both on a baking sheet.
  3. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it stand for a minute before carefulkly unwrapping and checking that the salmon is cooked through.


Zim Zim Zim said...

"I often wonder how I can possibly measure up to those people." Maybe you shouldn't compare yourself to these mythical "other people." Variety is the spice of life Big Sister! And so is spontaneity. Your meals and posts are great, so stop feeling bad for not being like the others.

And by the way... Where did you go that you had to leave food for the man?

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

Perhaps hubby would have enjoyed it more if you'd left his chips as well!!!!

Honey Mim said...

P.S. I think my brother-in-law might enjoy this:

And I would too...

Sunshine said...

Honey Mim - Why the name change between comments? I spent the day with Roni, Jeff, and Bailey (she cheered at a Talons game and we dyed eggs). Peeps sushi...blech! But if you come home next year, I'll make them for you.

Anne - You make me smile! I got the package you sent yesterday. thank you so much for all the goodies. I've gone through the little cookbook about a dozen times and just can't decide on which recipe I want to try first.

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

Gosh, that got to you quickly - enjoy. I saw the little Yorkshire recipe book and put it in as a silly little extra. I know you're on a diet but, as I say, just one little treat a day will do more good than harm :-)

SpongeKim SquareFace said...

I like to keep people guessing.

Vira said...

Hello Sunshine :) One thing for sure - I bought Jamie Oliver's book because of your blog. So you are spreading the goodness around - not only for your DH :)