Kugel & Cards: Vacation

On vacation, I try to be on vacation.  I always give my husband the stink eye when he’s checking email on his phone. If he tells me he has a quick conference call I can feel my hear drop like an old elevator in my chest but I smile and shrug.  He’s gotten much better over the years and has slowly learned that vacations are so much more effective if you actually take them to their fullest.  Yet, here I am in the kitchen on vacation and I’m doing a little work.

kitchen work play ingredientsI’m developing my first recipe.  I mean, not exactly because I guess I make up recipes all the time in my own kitchen, but I don’t write them down.  It’s the writing them down that makes it so different.  I’m paying attention to every additional pinch of salt or 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.  It’s actually fun.  I feel like a kid again sitting on the sidewalk with the neighbourhood kids making “salad” out of the inside of the helicopters that fall from the maple trees and buds of various grasses that would pop up between the sidewalk cracks.

Duck Duck Bruce card game on vacation time.So as I work. I am also playing.  As I’m playing in the kitchen, the kids are enjoying the stretched out morning hours after a nice breakfast of eggs and Montreal bagels and a Quebec strawberry smoothie, playing cards on the rug.  Playing as the sounds from the kitchen, and the click from the camera, and the smells of cinnamon waft from the oven around them.

Photos done, now on to the taste test.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Ema Jones says:

    Loved the Kugel, I think it’s an excellent baked pudding, I’m topping this up with maple syrup 🙂

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I chuckled when I read this because I have never made my meatballs or spaghetti sauce the same way twice. I call it “winging it” and I totally eyeball all my measurements.

    1. leahklein says:

      Robin usually I’m a strict recipe follower. I do improve if forced and I cook enough that it goes well but I’m not a natural at it.

  3. What a perfect morning. Hope you’re enjoying your vacation. If you have to work, cooking is the best kind of work!

  4. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? says:

    Sounds like a great vacation. I think you are enjoying the developing part a little bit and I think vacation is all about doing what you enjoy!

    1. leahklein says:

      I am enjoying it so much!

  5. My husband also gets the stink eye when he starts doing work stuff on vacation. Lol. Sounds – and looks – like you are all enjoying yourselves, though!

    1. leahklein says:

      We are having a wonderful time indeed. Give or tack some stellar tantrums and meltdowns. I think I personally only had one though 😉

  6. I wing it on my own recipes as well. Good luck on writing yours down and getting it the way you’d like it to come out.

  7. I so appreciate people who can “wing it” in the kitchen! I have a few recipes I do that with but mostly it’s my husband who is the make-it–up genius. Good luck, Leah, and glad to hear your vacation was so lovely!

  8. What a wonderful way to spend part of your vacation! I always wing it when it comes to cooking too but never write things down which is problematic when people love what I make and ask for the recipe! Good luck and I can’t wait to see what you recipes you come up with!

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