By Amanda Johnson
So speaking of being the perfect wife and mom (which I am not – if that is what you are looking for, you need to run far, far away) – lets talk food.
I love food! I love food shows, recipes, gadgets, appliances (seriously – for Christmas my precious gave me new cookware, and a super awesome crock pot and I could not have been more excited. We joked because they were on the list of things ‘not to get your wife’) – anything food or kitchen related, I love!
I enjoy cooking for my family.
FOR MY FAMILY.
Did you catch that? I love cooking for my husband and kids. You know why? Because they love me – even when I botch the rice. (Which I do every single time I try to cook rice – I cannot for the life of me figure out what I do wrong. White, brown, wild, long grain, short grain, takes-forever-to-cook, instant, boil-in-bag… it doesn’t matter. I cannot cook it correctly.) They love me, and understand that if my creation does not go as planned we can always go out or order pizza.
Cooking for others… terrifies me! Which brings me to the title of this blog post: Mageirocophobia - fear of cooking. I may not have an actual “phobia” but there are different types, such as the fear of causing illness, or serving inedible food. Both of which I do worry about when serving other people.
I love the idea of entertaining. I love finding new recipes. I dream of a super awesome kitchen and a dinning room table that seats 20. But then you have to feed those 20 people, thus resulting in my problem.
We are in a small group that meets in a home one night a week. It is my favorite night of the week! I love doing life together with these people! So we meet with our Bibles, books, and … you guessed it – food! I look forward to the email that is sent out every week delegating who brings what. I’m sure God gets a good chuckle when He hears my pray “please let it be salad or dessert, please let it be salad or desert!”
The week I had “main dish” I tried something new. See, I am a smart cookie. I’ve learned that you try a new recipe so that you have the excuse of “I’ve never made this before” if it is a major fail. I made Mexican Lasagna (google it, there are lots of variations). It smelled wonderful, but when we got there and sat down to eat, my (sometimes too honest) husband took one bite and I could see it all over his face – he hated it. Everyone else said it was good. It wasn’t bad… It is just something that needs a little tweaking before we try it again.
So here is my next dilemma. This weeks menu – pot luck! Don’t they know that I need specifics? You can’t give this fearful-creative-quirky person something that broad and vague. Looks like I’ll be spending some time browsing through my collection of cook books (OH how I LOVE collecting cookbooks!!) and the internet.
Do you enjoy entertaining and feeding others? Have some pot luck suggestions for me? A particular brand of rice cooker you love? LOL! Please share!
Amanda Johnson lives in Texas with her husband, two kids, and their bad dog. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves playing, cooking, camping, kayaking, and hiking. When the Johnson family is not enjoying blueberry muffins and coffee on a Saturday morning, you’ll probably find them at the zoo. Amanda and her husband share a desire to reach families with young children, encouraging them and helping them to grow in Christ as a family. Visit Amanda’s blog at faithfamilyfriendslove.wordpress.com.
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