Like many people, I’m sure, when I get home after a long day’s work I often find it hard to switch off. It’s hardly surprising that after nine hours or so of programming, pondering and problem solving we find it hard to relax.
So what can we do? Well, should I look up at the calendar and find it to be a Friday, I’d say it’s time to grab the wetsuit and catch a train south-westerly for a bit of spearfishing, surfing or sun-seeking. Alas, it rarely is. For the rest of the week I’ve turned to cooking to blow away the post-work stress.
For me, cooking is the perfect remedy for an over-active mind. It provides just enough stimulation to distract me from any thought of work without being overly taxing (most of the time). The concentration required to keep timings in mind; remember a couple of techniques; and manage not to set the kitchen on fire is just enough to clear my mind.
More than that, it’s great to be able to sit down to a tasty plate of freshly prepared food of an evening. Something increasingly easy to miss out on in this fast-paced, fast-food world. Here’s a sample of my culinary endeavours from this week…