Women's Divorce Blog

Life After Divorce?

The hurt and disruption caused by a divorce can make you question whether there can be life after divorce. How can I pick up the pieces and how good will the quality of life be after a divorce?

Cooking for yourself

  • Learn basic cooking skills
  • If busy, try a crock-pot or prepare lots of food at the weekend and freeze
  • Use recipes you are very familiar with for entertaining

Cooking may not have been a skill you learned growing up but it can be healthy, low cost and even enjoyable activity.

Basic cooking

Basic cooking is simple to do and worth learning.

  • Teach yourself from a basic cookbook
  • Take a cooking class
  • Have a friend or relative teach you

 


Cooking Tips for Busy People

  • Get an electric crock-pot. You can set these up in the morning and your dinner will be ready when you walk in the door in the evening
  • Cook large amounts on the weekend when you have time and freeze the food in serving sizes.  These can then be defrosted and heated for dinner during the week
  • Use salads, fruit and other quick meal ideas
  •  Prepare food using a recipe you have used many times
  • This is not the time to try that new recipe for the first time
  • Know the cooking time for each piece of the meal so that it will all be fresh and warm
  • Plan on defrosting time if using frozen ingredients
  • Pay attention to food presentation
  • Professional chefs do and it only takes a moment
  • Prepare snack food or appetizers
  • These can carry the guests over especially if you are finding the food taking longer than you thought
  • Make sure you have the right size pots and pans and the right size oven to cook large ingredients
  • Its not uncommon for people to scale up ingredients e.g. large turkey only to find they do not have a pan to fit it or it will not fit in their oven
  • Remember larger amounts of food take longer to cook
  • Have a color theme to the food, plates and decorations to create a professional looking presentation
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