Easy Living

I’m cooking Irish Stew for dinner tonight.  Marty loves this though he has annoyed me before by suggesting that it’s an easy option for dinner.  The problem lies with the word “easy”.  It’s true that there are no advanced cooking techniques required but it just took me an hour and half to get it to the stage where everything is in the stew pot.  In about another hour and a half it will be ready to eat.  That’s not my idea of an easy dinner.

Yesterday evening I got out one of my new knitting books, Victorian Lace Today, as I was keen to try out some of the beautiful patterns it contains.  I decided to start with something marked as an “intermediate” pattern.  After about two hours I decided that it was too difficult and I would start with something marked “easy”.  I have knit expert patterns before and I have also knit lace before so I was surprised that I was having such difficultly.  But then the word easy doesn’t really tell me very much.

The lace I’m knitting, just like the food, doesn’t contain advanced techniques.  It does, however, involve concentration and precision.  If every stitch needs to be perfect is the pattern really easy?  And when I say it doesn’t contain advanced techniques I suppose that depends on who you ask.  I know quite a few knitters who wouldn’t have a clue how to knit the lace as it involves stitches that are not taught to beginners and you have to know how to read a lace chart.

There is a cliche that says that says, “it’s easy when you know how”, but I’m not convinced.  Even a task that is easy can become difficult if you have to repeat many times.  As for the stew maybe it is an easy option for Marty.  All he needs to do is eat it once it’s finished and given how good it smells at the minute that shouldn’t be too difficult.

2 Responses to “Easy Living”

  1. Andrew Noble Says:

    Your stew only takes an hour and a half to cook? I cook mine 3 times before I eat it – need to allow the stew to thicken and flavours to infuse. Then again, maybe I have too much time on my hands!

  2. karen Says:

    I will admit that I cheat a bit with the stew. I use lean steak inside of the sort of meat that needs to be cooked for hours. Also it’s the sort of stew you eat with a fork and I can’t allow the potatoes to cook into mush.

    It would taste better the next day, if any of it actually manages to stay in the pot that long.

    I could cook the meat for much longer before adding the potatoes, but I tend to do that with other stews, the sort that use red wine, and not with an Irish Stew.