A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I wanted to change my cooking habits this year. That I wanted a more easy life in the kitchen so I could get on with other things I had been neglecting. This three bean chili by Ronda of Kitchen Dreaming while taking quite a long time to cook definitely fits in to that category. There is a bit of work upfront (but not too much) and then it just simmers away for 2 hours while you get on with other stuff around the house. I never leave stuff cooking on the stove if I am going out however, if you have an afternoon at home planned then this is the perfect meal to cook a batch of. It freezes and reheats well which was one of my key criteria for these slow cooking meals.
I have already put the extra time I have found by taking up knitting again. I had forgotten how relaxing I find it. I have been doing colouring in and for me knitting is the same. I need to concentrate on what I am doing but it is a repetitive task, particularly as it is a simple cushion cover which frees my mind in the background to wander and sort itself out. [Read More…]