For whatever reason, I took this picture and then posted it on Facebook with the caption, culinary "overreachings".
It was at the height of our cooking adventure, minutes before we were heading out the door with several impromptu dishes we cooked mostly because I had gone overboard at the farmer's market and real fresh food doesn't last that long before it goes bad.
At least bad for us, but that's another story or at least a later chapter.
The responses I got were interesting, considering the rather banal image and caption. I've removed the names to protect the innocent.
- I like cooking but do not like the clean up, good luck !12 hours ago · Like
- A good chef cleans up as he goes, Jon!12 hours ago · Like · 2
- Jon Danniells Oh Bob, I was and am...I just have no room, its much worse than it looks, plus Skye just got in their to do her dishes and help out in the clean up..One thing I miss about our mansion....12 hours ago · Like · 1
- Jon Danniells on that note, we definitely didn't clean up fast enough to keep the bears away in Mammoth Lakes, and that was an even smaller kitchen.12 hours ago · Like · 1
- I wish I had a kitchen that big. My kitchen is pretty trashed and would be more so if I had more space11 hours ago · Unlike · 2
- How did you get into my kitchen?7 hours ago · Like · 1
- You have to clean as you go. Practically nothing to do when you are in food coma from a food adventure at my house with wine. Easy clean up afterwards - a must .7 hours ago · Like
- UGH! You were not that bad when we were 23 Clean as you go works SO well!4 hrs · Like
- Yeah. I know that scene.4 hrs · Like
- Yikes!3 hrs · Like
- Looks like my kitchen last night ha1 hr · Like
- Oh my goodness !1 hr · Like
- Wow.. I bet it was very tasty Jon.1 hr · Edited · Like · 1
It's really not that big of a mess. We just don't have the room we used to. We don't have nearly as much stuff either. And then there's my PT Barnum side of things.
A bit of staging to be sure, but there are other things happening beyond cooking and cleaning.
When I started teaching an "eco-class" with the home school community back in LA, I pretty much jumped down a rabbit hole of being green and earth sensitive, eco-friendly. I never understood the whole, No Impact Man, construct. The point of his documenting his attempt to shrink his carbon footprint was to bring to light, to publicize our impact.
I actually try not to preach and do more to practice living more lightly. And yet I am very much aware of my petro addiction.
I still try.
I try not to waste food by-products.
When we were in LA, we had zero food by-product waste. Our table scraps and left overs were eaten either by us humans or our chickens or worms or put into any number of compost bins.
We also had an enormous bin for recycling that took pretty much anything that could conceivably be recycled.
Now we have to be more creative.
Our recycling is limited as is our access to composting.
I decided to make vegetable broth since I realized I didn't have any and I needed it for a recipe.m
And then I made some more to freeze.
And then I juiced some veggies that were on the cusp of freshness and threw them into smoothies that I froze.
When I woke up to this kitchen calamity this morning did I jump in and clean up.
I decided to take a bunch of the left overs and make a fritata.
And of course I had to record and blog about it.
Or rather memories.
In our last house, we had an enormous kitchen that was the center of many events and celebrations. Not to mention we had an outdoor kitchen and a ridiculous bar.
Oh of time's past.
If you hum this to the old Breaking Up Is Hard to Do it makes things go down a bit easier.
Until you realize that because of lack of storage you use your dishwater as a auxiliary closet space.
Not a big deal in the slightest but I did have to make some space on the already over-crowded counter for a couple items before loading up the machine.