I was hit with something at work yesterday. Not the food itself - they all LOVE that. But they want me to make MORE. They want me to stuff the freezer with large amounts of food. And they seemed disappointed that I hadn't been - but who knew? I thought I was just making DINNER, you know? And that meant rethinking everything, which is not easy for me to do. I can cook in quantity. It may not be as good, but of course I can. But I need to KNOW because messing with my routine messes with my head big time.
So, today I made enough chicken ziti for four days. Tomorrow, I make meat loaf for five. And so on.
My mother is doing well.
And I've also discovered an advantage to wearing a bib apron. I've been wearing aprons over my regular clothing for work because a chef's coat looks a bit pretentious, practical though it is. You want to know how practical? I have seen a 17th C picture of a chef. And he's wearing a white, double-breasted coat and an apron tied in front. Because a double-breasted coat made of a heavy material make life safer and easier in the kitchen, and then you can rebutton it to cover dirt, too. But I'm not wearing mine.
I am wearing bib aprons, though. I'm washing posts and peeling potatoes and there's all sorts of reasons I'm happier with a bib apron. But it's also proving very practical beyond the keeping clothes clean/dry thing. I like listening to my mp3 player, using earphones that hook over my ears individually. They also each hook nicely into the the top of the bib if I want them to. (The player itself I clip onto my apron string as it goes round my front, with the earphone wire going under the bib to keep it out of the way.) I also clip my Sharpie marker and my pen to the top of the bib. If I had my chef's coat, I'd have them in the pen pocket on the sleeve, but this works REALLY well.
I just bought five more aprons ($1.99 slightly irregular at a discount store.) Because I'd rather have that many white ones.