I didn't do that great of a job with cooking when we lived here before. There were lots of contributing reasons, but the main reason was that I had a four-year-old and a six-year-old. That meant that, in addition to carrying all our food home, I also had to get said four- and six-year-old to the store and back. Every single time. So I didn't range very far in my shopping. I went to the little bazaar down the street which was pretty sparce in the winter (just cabbage, potatoes, radishes, and carrots), and to the Narodniy a few blocks away because it was simple, although limited.
But it's so different this
time around being able to get out and buy more things. I still don't
choose to run all over town trying to find certain American (or at least
uncommon in Kyrgyzstan) ingredients, but I have a much wider variety of
ingredients available to work with. It also helps that we're nearly
two years out from the last revolution instead of a few months; it also
seems that stores came back much more quickly in 2010 than 2005
The picky eater child isn't necessarily any
happier than last time (although he's no more annoyed than he would be
in the US), but the rest of us are a lot happier with dinner now.