I had a “baskets!” moment about … baskets.
A while ago I mapped out a basic cooking roster for my partner and myself, based on our schedules. Which was a good plan, and I even put it on our fridge. And we both kinda went “that’s nice”… and that was it. We’ve got a few favourites so we mostly do have those every week; but our cooking plan is still a hot mess of near-daily supermarket visits, late dinners, and always running out of food by the end of the week.
Recently, I went as far as writing out specific things we’re definitely going to have this exact week — the meals with ingredients, and even made a shopping list for both the farmer’s market and the shop.
Then I got to thinking about how I’m going to make sure we actually use all these ingredients so I don’t have to scrape them out of the vegetable drawer in a month’s time. And finally: was there a way to make this easier on both of us?
We’re both pretty lazy, and I’m a very “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” person. Other than writing lists all the time (oh the paper!) I realized… Why not just spend the extra time right when I get home with the groceries to divide up all the ingredients and organize them by meal. So then there’s no confusion, or decisions, or unanticipated sneaky pizzas.
I also have an unnatural love of wire baskets and, I’m always trying to come up with more excuses to bring them into our home. And hmmm… a set of wire baskets, lined up in my fridge, labelled by day, and filled with the exact ingredients would not only look hot, but also might just be the final missing piece in my quest for a simple home-cooked life.