Oh drown me in tofu soup, it’s that time again.
No more holiday
and no more easy traffic. It’s Special K time, the yearly promise to
gym and the sad good-bye to the dewy goblet of Savvy blanc at lunch.
I am new years resolutioned up to the max and it all
feels rather daunting. It was easy to rattle them all off whilst
sitting on the beach watching the sprog frolic in the sand, but now I
am back in the day to day frazzle and it’s all feeling a bit big.
organised, get fit, be healthy, don’t drink too much, budget more,
write more, read more, cook more, see everyone more… ohhh I can feel
myself going bionic as we speak.
And how am I to do all these grossly over excitable things? Sleep less? Forget it.
It’s all about making more time to do the things you really want to do and squashing all the boring stuff into a teeny little catalogued box.
I have done a little research into the whole organization thing and I’ve found some superb time cutters.
1. Online shopping – Pick n Pay and Woolies
do it. I did it a few times last year and it is SO EASY. Pick n Pay
charge R60 delivery and Woolies R40 or R50 dependent on the delivery
time. Home delivered goodies by the food fairies. The all time biggest
2. Lunchboxes - Make extra at night
for the kiddies the next day. All you have to do is pop in some fruit
and you don’t start your day feeling electrified.
3. Dinner in the week - Get friends over for an easy pasta. Don’t invite them all, do some one-on-one’s. You get to see your mates for some quality time and go to bed at a regular hour.
4. Plant and cook your own
- You won’t believe how easy it is, and it’s so rewarding. You feel all
earthy and clever when the tomatoes go red and then pick and eat them
right there in the garden. Tomato heaven. Check out the progress in my garden.
5. Cook and freeze - I know this sounds awfully Betty Crocker but make some massive pots of things like lip-smacking bolognaise sauce and you’re set for the days you don’t feel like cooking.
Take it out in the morning and you could make spag bol, cottage pie, mince and macaroni or baked potatoes in a flash and not have to stress.
Also try this chicken and olive casserole or yummy paprika pork casserole. Just pop on some rice or a ‘tatoe, some peas and you’re there.
6. Double up
– if you just can’t channel Betty or Nigella, just make double and
freeze that, it’s quick and you’ve got something for next week.
give it a try, the upside is that you‘ll have more time for yourself to
do the things that you want to do. The downside is, well, just more
What are your time-savers? Let us know and you could score a Kalahari voucher.
- Caro de Waal