There are many aspects of cooking that I love. Initially of course to me it's the colors and the sound that each vegetable makes as it's being quartered and diced as well as aroma of garlic, cracked pepper and each of the vegetables.
The next aspect that I love is that I really don't have a recipe that I'm following when I am creating soups and stews. I gather a variety of vegetables, spices and herbs and begin adding them to the collection inside the big Soup pot. I am drawing from past experiences as well as whatever happens to inspire me at that particular moment. It's a random mixture that cooks down into deliciousness.
This particular concoction includes mostly the broth from soup that I froze that was left over from the last batch ,spicy sausage, fresh beets, parsnips, turnips, carrots, can of seasoned chili beans and a can of hominy. The hominy adds a flavor similar to corn chips to the soup. Put all that on the stove on low heat for an hour or so and you've got stew that will last you the rest of the week... Insofar as how we divide it up. If I make too much to consume within a week, I freeze the rest. Cooking is fun and it's a lot like my artwork work in that that I pretty much make it up as I go along.