Earlier this year, I started saying no. No to promoting food-related gadgets, because I live in a New York small apartment with limited storage. No to promoting food samples, because the pay isn’t great and the contests aren’t worth my time. No to writing reviews for below-average cookbooks, because the pay isn’t great. No to freelance design, because I design full-time during the weekday. No to doing more social media, because it’s time consuming. No to special theme Saturday brunches requiring me to discard the one day a week of sleeping in without an alarm clock. And, no to developing an editorial calendar for this food blog. I’m doing nothing with my extra time, and it feels good to be too selfish.
I’ve also started saying yes to less cooking. It’s relaxing to see a clean kitchen and a full refrigerator. The thought of washing dishes drains me. Luckily, there’s the option to order delivery, but a quick breakfast of a Chutney and Cheddar Egg Sandwich is mostly craved. It takes less than 30 minutes and requires a few dishes to wash.
The sandwich was inspired by the need to create a quick breakfast with tons of flavor for busy or do nothing days. As a food blogger who loves a great meal, the idea of paying money for a poorly made dish from a delivery food service isn’t appetizing. But, making quick sandwiches continues to be a creative effort.
The purchase of a jar of Indian onion chutney, Cabot’s Sharp Cheddar cheese, sweet tomatoes or roasted red peppers and a simple fried egg between toasted buttered wheat bread slices creates a vibrant sandwich. Sometimes a few baby greens are tossed over the egg as it sizzles in a skillet.
Earlier this year, I volunteered to help with a fundraiser for a creative project. Right now, I’m working on another fundraising gala for my job. The holidays are around the corner. While improving the art of doing nothing, I’m perfecting the art of making more Chutney and Cheddar Egg Sandwiches. Both are deserved.