Kitchen Suite

I love to cook and bake. Sometimes just simple fare will do, while other times I like sinking the better part of a day into preparing thoughtful, multi-course meals.

Today’s cooking adventure: sweet potato soup with crispy lentils, a recipe from the Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon.


There’s just one problem. The more elaborate the meal, the extras to chop or roast, the more I can work myself into a frenzy. I turn the burner up too high and the shallots burn. Or, I start the rice too late for it to be ready with everything else. Or, my least favorite – I completely space on prepping the salad until I’m in the final throes of searing fish or finishing a sauce.

Then for the rest of the meal prep I curse my kitchen, the recipe I’m using, the dishes yet to be done, and I can’t be bothered to properly set the table.

Recently I discovered a fool proof way to enjoy my time in the kitchen. I just have to listen to classical music, and all is right. My kitchen becomes this zen space where everything falls into place. It seems so simple, it makes me wonder, how did this only reveal itself to me now? It’s not that I won’t make some of the same mistakes. It’s how I respond that is different.

Give me concertos and soft strings, and you’ll find me in the moment with my cutting board and knife. Play Suite for Solo Cello No. 4 in E-flat Major and I might even make pasta from scratch.

This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox

Prompt: “Hear, hear. Do you hear what I hear? Tell us about a sound. What do you hear in your house or at work?”