Hello DFLC Anonymous members,
I live alone and I don’t cook dinner much.
(Step 1 is admitting it)
Many solo dwellers belong to this group, along with the ‘can’t-stand-the-thought-of-cooking’ types, and ‘my-wife-is-a-terrible-cook’ types and the ‘takeaway-is-better’ fans.
Now I like cooking, but it always seems like so much of an effort to cook dinner (god a whole meal!) when it’s just for me. Meh, need to do random stuff online instead. What can I collect from the kitchen and eat whilst doing random stuff online?
So us members of Don’t Feel Like Cooking Anonymous need a few fail safe, hero ingredients in the fridge/freezer/cupboard.
One of my faves is Salsa – I always have a few jars ready (because it can’t go bad!)
What do I do with salsa?
Eat as dip, alone or mixed with philly cheese or sour cream or avocados
Use as a sauce for pasta, spaghetti bog, tacos, lasagne or anything else that needs something tomatoey
Use as a pizza spread
Roll up in puff pastry with cheese and bake to make salsa cheese twists
Cheap, last forever, great savoury dish staple.
Hero Ingredient for sure.
Liking – No coke, diet coke, zero or any cola product for 5 weeks! Hi 5 self!
Loathing – Wowza I am so tired all the time. Scary how much my body must have relied on caffeine.
Noticing – Mt Franklin Lightly Sparkling is drinkable. Hey it’s no coke, but its drinkable. Endorsed by Jennifer Hawkins. I’m forcing my way through it in hope that I get THAT BODY. Love the latest release – berry, lime and lemon versions.
Liking – Celebrating the big 2 years with The Artist. So lovely. Especially lovely is my beautiful gift – this gorgeous gemstone bracelet.
Loathing – You’d think after 15 or so years of cooking I would finally get soft boiled eggs right. Dam hard yolks! what use is toast soldiers with solid eggs!
Noticing – I’m having a flats moment. I would usually be banging out and about in my trusty black spring/summer sandals, but lately all I want to wear is cute flats. Navy and white polka dot with red, how could I not!
If I had more time, these are the things I would like to do more often:
Draw / Paint
Tinkle on my electronic keyboard (or actually learn to play properly)
Write (emails, blog posts, column ideas)
Read (novels, magazines, professional journals
Curl my hair
Garden (besides just watering the floundering pots on my verandah)
In the holidays I always try to do more of these, with varying degrees of success. Has anyone actually seen my keyboard? (oh there it is, under the pile of clothes!)
Last night I found time to bake! It was either that or throw out the old looking bananas and strawberries…
Here is my attempt at strawberry muffins:
Had some butter issues… didn’t rise as nice as I’d hoped. And I should have chopped the strawberries smaller.
But my Banana oat bread was a hit!
I love recipe books. I love finding new dishes that taste yummy. But most nights my dinners come from an unknown, slightly successful, at times disappointing recipe collection called ‘My Brain’.
You know the process – look in cupboard/fridge/freezer, pull out random items and place together on plate. Optional extra is to cook things first.
Tonight’s brain determined mash up was a success: Prawn Pockets, with corn cobs!
Tried to do a nice healthy dinner courtesy of Weight Watchers’ cookbook – “Cook It Quick” – Chilli Beef Larb. Didn’t have any mangoes for the salad though. They still cost about $7.00 each, bring on summer!
Note to self: The word ‘Chilli’ in the recipe title indicates a degree of hotness. Not sure why you were so surprised that it was spicy. Verdict – yum with a side of messiness!
The Recipe! My Attempt!
Tonight I discovered a part of my apartment that had gone unnoticed for the last month or two. When I finally rediscovered it, I had to carefully reacquaint myself, easing my way in. Oh the wonders I found! Colourful pictures, tantalising smells (and some not so tantalising), strange shaped objects, I was inspired!
And thus, I had a moment of creation! Who knows, I may even venture back to this strange little corner for more creativity and more discoveries!
So what, dear reader, is this strange place?
What would you like for dinner?
Lasagne, he says.
Easy, I first thought. Just like mum makes, not too sloppy, not too dry, with a crispy top. I’ve made it before, evidently by the frozen lasagne sheets in my freezer. Though racking my brain I cannot for the life of me remember making it? Mystery pasta sheets indeed…
It was easy doing the mince mixture – a popular choice by The Artist for spaghetti. First attempt at bechamel sauce, how thick should it be? what taste?
And of course the age old issue of trying to reduce a recipe for 8 down to 4, usually halving recipes for 4 to 2, but figured I’d have enough lasagne left over for a few more day’s lunches, or to feed a small African village, if they happened to come and stay.
Layered up and in the oven later, the next dilemma (common in my kitchen) is it cooked enough? Sticking skewers in is a favourite past time, but doesn’t actually help me!
Verdict – delish! As good as my mums – and she is quite the cook. Apparently not as good as some other’s mums, everyone is mum-biased I think (except for those whose mum’s cook mash potato from powder. You know who you are.)
Oh, and I hadn’t made it before, the lasagne sheets were used to make cannelloni – lazy wrap it up style v. poke it in the dry shells style!