If These Walls Could Talk
March 10, 2011 § 2 Comments
My kitchen is small. There is no high tech refrigerator, twelve burner range (I wish!) or handy island to create extra cooking space. Although it is by no means claustrophobic I could do with some extra counter space and a few more cupboards. Apartment life is not ideal for the aspiring and/or hobby cook.
With that said I have had the means to create many wonderful dishes to set at my dining room table, conveniently set five feet away from my counters. I’ve also had many flopped dishes in this kitchen. If these walls could talk they would tell you that for every awesome creation I’ve had two or three failures. They would also tell you that I’ve laughed, cried and jumped around excitedly like a maniac over my dishes as well. Some of which is hardly normal.
On any given workday I don’t like to come home and “slave” over a hot stove (much to the chagrin of my always hungry boyfriend NPC) because it’s late and I’m especially tired from my grueling day in jewelery repair. There are a few standby dishes that don’t take long to make that I will consider preparing if I’ve had a good day but if it’s been a bad day… Well let’s just say that the food on those days doesn’t belong in a cook book.
We’re both college aged, NPC and I, so that lends itself to an excuse that we can purchase Ramen Noodles with no shame. Actually there isn’t anything wrong with Ramen once you find a way to dress it up. (Although it isn’t particularly healthy, shame on me.) But you can find things to add to it that make a quick meal easy and it’s usually edible.
One of my new favorite ingredients lately is sherry. It seems that I can add it to almost anything and add an extra layer of depth. Even baking! But the other night I added a few teaspoons of sherry, some peas and pearl onions and butter to my batch of Ramen (traditional Ramen eaters are shaking their heads right now) and it was actually pretty darn good. What made it taste even better was the five minutes it took to make it.
Yes I can cook a prime rib, fancy potatoes and roasted veggies and spend the entire day baking something wonderful but even on the weekends lately I’m just not motivated.
Rally with me folks because I need some help here. Do you have quick, delicious recipes? If so please share! I’m dying for something quick, easy and delicous (and good for me, too if I can have my cake and eat it too).
I need to go digging around in my cookbooks and see what’s up. I think I’ll pay a visit to Donna Hay’s book tonight. If you don’t know who Donna Hay is shame on you! Seriously though, you need to! She has some amazing, simple recipes. Check out her website http://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes and then check out mine. www.attraversante.wordpress.com and hopefully you’ll see me cooking away.
Until next time,