The Day of Many Hats

Phew, I survived today. It’s been a crazy day of many hats. Yup, you are probably thinking “what in the world is she talking about?” I am not even sure where to begin with today and things that I have done. But all I can say, I am finally sitting down and relaxing with a cup of coffee and feeling content.

My day started super, super early. Kiki woke up early (5ish while still very dark outside) and her, the Sous-Chef and I cuddled under the blankets until 7:30am – one could say, we slept in – yippee! Snuggling with my baby girl is the best thing in the world.

And from there on, the day just got really crazy. My many hats of a day included – personal shopper, driver, gardner, photographer, employee, boss, mom, daughter, friend, chef and baker. Phew, I am tired. I might sound as if I am complaining about my day, but in reality, these are my favorite days. Days packed with activities and things I enjoy doing, some new, some old, some challenging, some ordinary, and some quite extraordinary.

But now that all those hats are off, I am going to tell you a little bit about my dinner. I picked a meal without really reading the directions carefully and boy did I pay for it.  I used 5 pots and pans. I burned a few things. Cooked entirely too much pasta. And for a meal with only a few key ingredients – meatballs, pasta, mushrooms, spinach and cheese, it took me way too long to get it on my plate.

Non the less, once I did get it on my plate, I was a bit disappointed, and it wasn’t the recipe, but the mistakes I made along the way. My meatballs were bland and not salty enough. I cooked too much pasta in relationship to everything else. And finally I used pecorino cheese that just wasn’t good – perhaps it’s been in my fridge for too long. The verdict is still out – will I attempt to make it again or not?

What’s even more interesting is that looking back at my archives, I see that I had this meal for dinner  not so long ago and somehow I had no recollection of it tonight or when I was meal planning. I can’t even remember what it tasted it like the first time around. Did I like it? I guess it doesn’t matter today, because today I was the chef I and I put my spin on it. Maybe I will give it another try, until I get it right. After all, I don’t give up so easily.



Pasta with Spinach and Meatballs 


  • Ingredients
  • Meatballs
  • 12oz Pasta
  • 12 oz mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp butter I used a bit of olive oil
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino
  • salt and pepper


  1.  Cook 12 oz. pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Cook 12 oz. quartered mushrooms and 1 teaspoon chopped thyme in olive oil in a large skillet until tender, 8-10 minutes on medium heat. Toss with the pasta, meatballs, baby spinach, cheese and reserved cooking water. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Kat
    October 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    the days of many hats are deff challenging but totally rewarding 😉 don't you feel like a super hero? cuz you are

    • The Faux Foodie
      October 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      thank you 🙂 For a day I did feel like one that's for sure!!!


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