For those of you that have been following my blog from the beginning (a meager ten months ago), you know that I have included a few recipes and posts on cooking experiences along the way. Originally, I wanted my blog to be focused on 2 things: books and my life as a wife, hence the title, The Literary Wife. Along the way, it has become mostly focused on books. As the Top 100 Childrens Books reading challenge finishes up, I will be making some changes to refocus what I write about and feature here on the blog. Be prepared for some rambling. . .
I love being a wife. Being a wife is often difficult and challenging, but for the most part rewarding. At this point in our lives, our biggest role is supporting each other emotionally and making decisions together. We don’t have children or a big house to tend to. We have enough money to enjoy our lives with ease, but not too much that we are spending it all the time. All that to say that, if I talked about my life as a wife right now, you would be bored and get tired of hearing me rave about how great my husband is.
However, one of the most important roles that I have right now is the cook in our family. Before I go into detail about that, I want to address the issue of gender roles in families. I am not the cook in our family because I am the woman. I am not the apartment-cleaner in our family because I am the woman. I am not the grocery-shopper because I am the woman. I do these things because, currently, I am working part-time while my husband works at least 40 hours a week. Previously, when I was working an 8-5, he was working 50-55 hours a week. We decided that I would be in charge of these things because I had more free time, not because I am the woman and he is the man. I want to clear that up so you know 1) that I am not a big fan of traditional gender roles in marriage and 2) my husband is fabulous because he has volunteered numerous times to go grocery shopping or cook after a long day at work.
Now, on to the cooking part. Before I got married, my diet consisted of frozen pizza and Kraft macaroni and cheese. I wish that I was kidding you. After I got married, my husband and I discussed moving to a vegetarian or a flexitarian lifestyle, which requires a lot more work and thinking than being a carnivore. It is because of this that I have acquired a genuine love of being in the kitchen. Cooking meals for my family is my large contribution, as it requires thought and effort to keep us under budget, healthy and enjoying each other’s company while eating. As I move forward with my blog, I want to share with you my love of cooking, hoping that you can glean something from the knowledge that I have acquired and maybe pick up a favorite recipe or two.
Here are some things you will NOT see here on the blog:
- Recipes in which meat is the main course or the majority of the dish (while I will not push vegetarianism on you, I just do not have interest in huge bulks of meat in recipes that I feature)
- Me bragging about all the expertise that I have in the kitchen or with food. This is the point of me talking about cooking, the fact that I know little to nothing and I want you to be along for the ride as I learn to navigate the kitchen and a vegetarian lifestyle.
- Baking or sweet recipes. I’m sorry, Ginger, but I do not enjoy cupcakes (or cookies or pies) in the least and I don’t see much point writing about things that I won’t even eat.
Here are some posts you might see in the future on the blog:
- Cookbook reviews
- Featured recipes
- Thoughts on the vegetarian/flexitarian lifestyle
- Guest posts from my friends who have knowledge on cooking
- Easy-peasy recipes
- Tips for maintaining a usable and comfortable kitchen
These are just some ideas that I have floating around, some of which might not make the cut. I just wanted to give you an idea of what to expect, as I am not one that enjoys surprises. And please keep in mind that this is still The Literary Wife, and I will still be featuring YA and children’s book reviews. Thanks for reading through this huge post and I would love to hear your thoughts about my blog and its future.