Free time, too much to do, and a new home for The Good Soup’s Cooking Classes

I’ve got these dedicated bubbles of time in the day to get non-Oliver related activities done. 1 to 5pm, Monday to Friday. That’s the plan, and it’s not always worked, but now we’ve got some steady babysitting help, I think it’s going to stay my time, more consistently, into the future.

I’m sitting right in the middle of that time now and I’ve got so many things I want to get done I’m running round in loops with them. Sort out my tax, finish my filing, write a blog post, trial some recipes for my next catering job, write some menus for my cooking classes, plant some seeds in my garden, weed the garden, water the garden, clean the kitchen, free up some pantry space, buy some folder dividers, have a cup of tea, go to the toilet. I keep picking up one activity, half absorbing into it before I catch a whiff of the next and I’m flung off course again. eeeeeeeekkkk!!!! All the freedom in the world for 4 hours a day and I’m tripping myself up I’m so goddam free!

I might finish this post, or I might organise my spices. I’m not sure. Soon enough we’ll see. Meantime, here’s some pictures of the things I’ve been cooking and haven’t had the time to post about.

Oh! Just wanted to say, I love you all, readers, I really do. I’d be nothing without you. I’d be writing myself into a slow coma. I write because you read. And to all my fellow food bloggers out there, and all my lovely commenters, I just want to say, hello, I’m so sorry I haven’t been that chatty lately, but I think you can probably see, from the flap I’m in, why. I’m still here. And I’ll be coming by to see you soon. xxx

Oh Oh! one more thing! I’ve found a home for my cooking classes. And what a home it is. Taste, for the Love of Cooking, is Brisbane’s best cookware store and they’re moving to a new location with their very own commercial kitchen! I felt like the luckiest cook in the world when Jodie Macauley, Taste’s Director, asked me if I’d like to offer my cooking classes in her store.

Because the class won’t start til November, I’ve got a bit more time to plan them out, make up some new courses, and now there’s a huge newsletter audience (care of Taste) to offer them to. I don’t think I could be happier, honestly. If I could only just stop flapping about…

16 Comments

  1. Bexx
    September 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | | Reply

    How old is your baby? I don’t know when your time ever is really your own once you have children. I just spent all day with my 25 year old doing stuff for him and with him alllll day yesterday!

  2. Sarah
    Sarah
    September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm | | Reply

    So excited for you! I envy those lucky people who get to take your classes. Just take it a moment at a time and don’t forget to enjoy the process :) x

  3. Kitchen Belleicious
    September 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm | | Reply

    LOL! I feel the same way! I put grant into mommy’s day out for two days a week this fall so I have 5 hours in the morning from 9-2 to get all my things done and it is driving me crazy because I have so many thing son my to do list! CONGRATS on the cooking class. I am so happy for you and so proud and only wish I lived near so I could come to them. Good luck and Yeah!

  4. The Hungry Writer
    September 10, 2011 at 10:48 am | | Reply

    Many congratulations on the venue for your new classes, Angela. That’s brilliant news. And despite all the busyness of your life your food still looks gorgeous too (unlike a sorry dish of herbed rice and ribboned omlette I cooked for myself last night that was the culinary equivalent of a damp dishcloth – in taste and photo!) Wishing you all success and happiness as the new venture unwraps itself. x

  5. Apple @Polkadotsandchopsticks
    September 13, 2011 at 12:40 am | | Reply

    Congratulations on the cooking lessons venue!
    I love the last photo in your post, the yellow stuff in the jar. I’d just love to know what that is and how to make it!

  6. Jamie @ the unseasoned wok
    September 13, 2011 at 6:18 am | | Reply

    I know exactly what you mean. Every word of it! My guy is starting his toddler program (slowly) and I’m sad, but I’m so giddy about the 15 hours of free time a week I’m gaining!! Organizing my closet and getting rid of old toys is on the top of my list.

    Have a nice week and talk to you soon!

  7. Emma Galloway
    September 15, 2011 at 6:10 am | | Reply

    Wow that’s amazing news about your cooking classes! I envy you and your ‘free’ time, but for now I’m looking forward to next year when Ada starts school and Kye has 2 1/2 days kindy. Then I might have half a second to think straight ;-)

  8. marynika
    September 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm | | Reply

    Congrats on the cooking classes location! Looks fabulous. If I was around on your side of the world I’d pop by for one of the classes. I know what you mean about not knowing where to apply the freedom. It’s such a spastic state to be in and I’ve been there. Hang in there and enjoy. Great pics!

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