This is part of a comment posted earlier today: Could you post about WHY you like to cook?
I can’t answer that question! I don’t know why I like to cook. I love to try new recipes and find it very boring to cook the same old things. We love to eat really outstanding meals and I don’t like going out to eat. Yes, I understand it’s weird but . . what can I say? When I’m out of town for a few days and come home, it’s a toss up whether I’m going to sew or cook first because I miss doing both when I’m away. Usually cooking wins out and that’s what I do first.
You may not believe this but the recipes I make are almost always quick and fairly easy recipes. It’s like the quilts I make . . I like the ones that look like they were hard but they’re very easy. All I can say is . . even if the recipes look hard, try them.
Some people just aren’t going to ever enjoy cooking. I understand that. There are things I don’t enjoy doing (like shopping).
Tonight for example, this was dinner – Chicken Paillard over greens and Buttered Poppy Seed Pasta:
And homemade focaccia bread:
How can you not love making something that’s so fun?
Here’s where some of you I-don’t-like-to-cook folks may be shocked. I sewed til 4 p.m. I came upstairs, broke off a hunk of dough from the Olive Oil Bread (made from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book). The dough was in the fridge, where it can sit for 10 or 12 days (but never makes it that long). The bread has to rise for 20 or 25 minutes and then bake for about that same amount of time. Nothing was done ahead of time except the bread dough. Half an onion was sliced for the bread, the other half was chopped for the pasta, the onions were sauteed for the bread (in the same pan I later used for the chicken), the bread was prepped and started rising; the pasta was boiled and set aside. Green onions and parsley were chopped. Chicken breasts were dredged in seasoned flour and sauteed in butter/olive oil. Bread was placed in the oven. Chicken was finished except for adding the lemon juice and brandy. Pasta was finished up. At the last minute lemon juice and olive oil were added to the greens, along with salt and pepper; lemon juice and brandy were added to the chicken and it was ignited. Oh, how pretty! Anyway, start to finish, everything was done and on the table at 5:15. And we had a nice bottle of wine with dinner.
I cleaned up as I cooked so afterwards, most everything else went into the dishwasher. And, there are leftovers for lunch one day this week.
There’s no place near here where we could get a meal close to this good. Now . . you tell me . . why do you NOT like to cook? 🙂
Tomorrow is my slacker meal . . grilled steaks, baked potatoes and salad. At least the snow will be melted enough that we can get to the grill!