I have recently moved to Canada with my husband and 16 months old baby girl, Kay, joining my in-laws that have been here for 2o over years. It would have just been over 10 weeks we landed as I am writing this; and while waiting for our home to be readied, we are putting up at my in laws’ – which is the beginning of my “speed” cooking days for Kay.
Why speeding cooking? You see, my mother in law loves her kitchen as much as she loves her family. Well, maybe a little more for her kitchen. She gets really stressed up if there are unexpected activities in the kitchen, like boiling water or opening the fridge. Also, Kay doesn’t allow me to do anything when she is awakes, so I have to cook when she is taking her “cat nap”, ideally when my mother in law is not at home too. Therefore, to keep everyone happy, I usually minimize my time in the kitchen cooking and only using the “assigned” stoves, with as few utensils as possible, and trying not to cause any disruption to the already very congested kitchen.
I am using this blog to keep notes of my life in Canada, the journey and food I cooked up every now and then for Kay, from my mother in law’s kitchen of course, as well as Kay’s liking of my “speed” cooking food.
Jan 03, 2011, Updates – I have gone back to work since September 2010. That was more than 3 months ago. Kay has been in dayhome for 5 hours a day since. She is 22 months young now. With her in the dayhome, that means I am not cooking, nor speed cooking as much as I used to. For Kay’s dinner, or the Canadian called it “supper”, I improvised from mother in law’s dishes sometimes. On our lucky days, Kay will actually get fresh, healthy and not spicy dishes.
With that being said, I am still writing from my monster in law’s kitchen until our home is ready in Spring. So watch this space for more of my teeth grinding experience. Laugh and cry with me for my journey and experience in Canada if you so kindly wish, which I truly appreciate.