This morning we welcomed 4 mama's, 3 toddlers, 2 one-year olds and another baby into our humble abode and began cooking up a storm.
A while back I sent an email out to some of the vegetarian (and vegetarian friendly) Mums I have met in Sydney to ask if they were interested in meeting once a month to cook one freezable dinner, one lunch and one treat or snack. Everyone was very enthusiastic and todays first meeting was a huge success.
Of course it was totally chaotic. There was crying and screaming, happy screeching, toddlers jumping on couches, toddlers (my own!) running through the house with muddy boots, babies clinging to ankles in the kitchen... but there was also laughter and above all else the beginnings of friendship, a sense of belonging and a sense of real understanding between mothers, women. There is nothing better than hanging out with Mums who know exactly what the daily grind is like for you because they experience it too.
In the end we each went home with a just over a dozen carrot and zucchini spice cookies; vegan cornbread batter (there wasn't enough time to bake this); a family sized portion of black bean soup; pizza dough to keep in the fridge and roll out at some point this week for lunch or dinner; and exhausted children ready for a big afternoon nap.
I am still buzzing from all the energy in the kitchen this morning. No photos to show for any of it as we were so busy cooking, cleaning and running after toddlers, babies and a dog looking for scraps. Hopefully next time I'll get my camera out and you can catch a glimpse of the happy insanity that was.
Thank you so much to the ladies who came, I look forward to our monthly bake-offs.
Here are some links to what was on the menu:
Julia's Black Bean Soup (thank you Julia- this is just amazing!)
Zucchini and Carrot Spice Chocolate Cookies (sorry recipe was made up- will provide it soon!)
If you're looking to stock up your freezer, socialise and entertain you children all in one go I highly recommend getting together with a few friends and organising a monthly cooking event. You can roster one mum to plan and shop and another to bring snacks and another to host each month. You don't need fancy kitchenware or a big kitchen to do it either- we were all crammed into our tiny kitchen with a 4 burner gas stove/oven made in the 80s.