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Old 08-17-2007, 11:26 PM   #31
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Today is saturday 18th in India.

Today is my husband's off day, I will prepare chicken biriyani for lunch.

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Old 08-17-2007, 11:28 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by keltin
It sounds like you might be overloading yourself, which is something I did when I first started. I quickly learned (with a little gentle guidance from grandpa and grandma) not to try and do everything at once. If you want a meal with a meat and 2-3 sides, plan ahead and let your main work be the meat. Do the sides ahead, nothing too complex at first, or pick something that can just sit an simmer.

Trying to cook three or more complex dishes at once will cause you to go insane and order pizza! Timing is the hardest thing about cooking. Once you get that down, the next hardest is the esoteric world of combining spices, herbs, and flavors to change a dish….still working on that one.

To relieve yourself, do simple sides that can either be prepared ahead (even the day before) and reheated on a low eye or low oven, or pick a side that can simmer or bake a while as you concentrate on the main dish. As you start out, never try to "cook" (prepare from scratch, etc) 2 or three things at once. And never try to cook two or more "new" dishes at once! Instant migraine and a considerable whack to the esteem!
Definitely timing is giving me trouble. And I did get a little carried away last week using 2 new techniques in one meal. And spices??? I've just now started using salt and pepper! OK, I'm going to go back to 1 harder dish per meal but still keep the number for pizza on speed dial! Thanks, Keltin.

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Old 08-17-2007, 11:36 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by kadesma
I've made myself crazy trying to do to many things at once.But as I learned, I found, hey, I just did two things in order and both turned out well..If I'm doing a roast, that is my main deal, I prep all the things for the salad so at serving time I can dump them together and dress, If I make my garlic mashed potatoes, I cook my cream and garlic cloves the day before and warm them up as I'm mashing the potatoes and adding the butter..Do insist that the kids stand back or lend a hand, that you're busy and they can help or not, just don't hang on your leg I have enough nerve now to allow them into the kitchen, just no pot and lid band is allowed. Singing, laughing go for it..Seems to make things less stressful for me. I've learned to turn off certain things so I can just go forward and relax as I do it..Remember, you can do this and never let them see you're hoping for a good meal..Just tell them come and get it..Ecourage comments and don't be hurt if they are not sure or iffy..The truth will help you in the long run..Just look confidant and sure of your self and wear a long skirt or pants so they don't see you knees knocking You're the head of the kitchen patrol.
kadesma, who knows you can and will do it!
Sounds like my kids have been terrorizing your kitchen, too! The older kids are helping a lot now in the kitchen and they seem to like it but I did banish the little guy whenever I don't have a thing he can do to help. He burned the tip of his finger last week in the middle of me trying to make steaks and sauce and breadsticks and I was so anxious anyway that I just sat down and cried with him! After that I told him the new rule about staying out of the kitchen unless I have a task for him and he thinks it's a good idea now, too! I have been thinking about how to break down things so that I can prepare some of it ahead of time as you suggested. I think it would reduce the chaos, too. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Kadesma.
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:47 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by buckytom
success is a drug.
Thanks BT. I think drugs would help! Seriously, I think the thing that keeps me at this when I'm obviously ill suited to it is that I don't like to fail. I'm hoping that as I get better at it, I'll begin to enjoy the experience itself.
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:17 AM   #35
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Try to relax and take it one step at a time. I remember never being sure if I would get everything finished at the same time and of course tasting all right. Slowly, it comes with experience. I hope you will feel less stressed and begin enjoying cooking very soon. I'm sure that you're doing just fine.
By the way, I love hot dogs, beans and chips!!!!!
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:55 AM   #36
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Poor husband had to work late last night, & that plus his commute had him not home until 9:30. So I earlier had taken a Zatarain's "Smothered Chicken" rice mix & added a package of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bitesize pieces & browned, along with some frozen peas, & had it ready for him along with a nice crisp romaine lettuce salad.

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