Everything But the Kitchen Sink
Now the bellywaddin' that I cook is comforting and filling. It won't show up on any Food Network shows, but for a hungry family it'll do just fine. Monica's meals are much more of a craft. She never uses recipes, except to bake, and she follows her whims and inspiration until there is a hearty, world class meal on the table. She's Italian, so most of the time it's Mangia! time around our house, which means that when she cooks, I do the dishes...
...All the dishes.
I've noticed a pattern for me doing the dishes.
- Open the dishwasher
- Warm the tap water
- Soak the sponge
- Soap the sponge
- Pick up the dish on top
- Load in washer or hand wash
- Repeat 8 and 9 as needed
- Somewhere around the 5th dish a rhythm starts to develop into a nice flow
- My thinking slows down
- I start to feel very calm inside
- My imagination opens and new, creative thoughts show up
- I notice that I'm almost finished
- After the last dish is done, I empty the screen in the drain and rinse the sink and start the dishwasher
- I wipe the counters feeling at ease