Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cook with Style Tuesdays - Whistle While You Cook!

This stylish time saving cooking strategy requires a small amount of participation on your part. Whoa…whoa…whoa hold on there, don’t click away. It’s really easy. All you have to do is whistle part of the song “Whistle While You Work”. You know the tune…from the movie Snow White. Don’t be shy, especially the ladies, I know many of you don’t whistle but please give-it-a-go. I’ll get you started “Whis-tle-while-you-work…do-de-doot-doot-doot-doot-do”. You can take it from there.

Whis-tle-while-you-work….do-de-doot…oh all done? Fantastic. So how did you feel while whistling the song? Better? Worse? The same? Obviously only you can answer that question. However I’m 97.5% sure that at the very moment you were whistling the song, nothing else was going through your head. What? You don’t believe me? Hmmm. Try whistling it again. While whistling, see if you can hold a different train of thought (other than Snow White) for more than a few seconds. Okay maybe you can do both, but you have to admit it’s tough. So now you’re probably wondering what my point is and what the heck does this have to do with cooking? Good question!

The point is weeknight cooking often becomes stressful because we are thinking about all the other stuff (places to be, people to see) we have to do, making it difficult to even fathom the idea of putting together a healthy meal. We’re basically two steps ahead of ourselves. I’ve found one of the best ways to put together a meal quickly, is to step back and focus on the moment. Worrying about what you have to do is a real time sucker and has no place in a stylish cook's life. Whistling is the perfect medicine to remedy worrying because it brings you back in the present.

I know, whistling is ultra-ultra old school stuff your grandpa used to do but maybe the old guy was onto something whistling away his cares and woes. If whistling isn’t your thing maybe humming a song might work better for you. Either way it's good exercise for the lungs and it can clear your head and help you focus on the moment so a preparing a healthy dish will come together quicker than a worrisome frenzied drive to the drive-through.

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie

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