I’m a good cook. Really, I am. But I don’t cook. Really, I don’t. Unless forced to do so by a hungry mob. Or unexpected company. Or predictable holidays (although my preferred solution to all of these situations is a visit to our local restaurant).
So when someone asked me how to improve her ADHD cooking experience, I stuttered for a moment. Then I realized that my culinary techniques (yes, I do have some) are highly influenced by my ADHD.
First I set up my kitchen for ADHD abundance-I have four sets of measuring cups, five sets of measuring spoons, two quart liquid measures and three one-cup liquid measures. I have three sets of mixing bowls, four whisks, eight rubber scrapers, three egg separators … get the picture? I have duplicates of almost everything so that when one gets dirty I don’t have to stop and wash it to proceed to the next step in the recipe. After all, I might get distracted by the suds and never return to the recipe. ADHD? You bet.
Next, I have culled my cookbooks to only a few dozen (reduced from at least 100) which have multiple recipes that I like and am willing to cook (lasagna is not high on that list — too many steps). I keep them next to my kitchen computer so I can research a particular recipe — guacamole, for instance. Then I combine the best from the cookbooks and the web to create Guacamole ala Linda. ADHD? Probably.
Finally, with my favorite recipes like Herbed Tomato Soup and Vegetarian Lentil Quinoa Chowder, I make a BIG BATCH. We’ll eat some now; the rest goes in the freezer for a desperate night of “Let them eat soup.” ADHD? Mostly.
I also keep a running list of the ingredients in my refrigerator right on the door – there’s a magnetic note pad that I write and rewrite as I scratch off the ingredients. Right beside it is a carefully compiled grocery list organized by store (Kroger and Costco) with items listed in the order in which I go down the aisles. ADHD? More like OCD, but it works for me. (If you’d like a copy of my list, click this link to my website: https://addiva.net/posts/grocery-list-pdf/ )
OK, you know all my secrets. Oh, except for my Guacamole ala Linda (it’s all about the lime juice and cumin). Now you have no excuse — get out there and cook a little Thanksgiving dinner … or a couple of black bean burgers!