It has been a little over three weeks since since my employer closed and like many people, we are eating almost all of our meals at home. This was not a huge change for us, as we prefer to cook our own meals most of the time anyway. But the ability to order out or even go to a restaurant has been taken away from most of us and so we are adjusting. The problem is that I do not always love to cook, especially when I have to do so. I enjoy cooking in waves and thankfully, the cooking wave came ashore over these past several weeks!
Sidenote: My husband is a much better cook than I am. He likes to play with ingredients and spices and can cook a burger better than anyone I know. He learned how to cook from his mother, who makes food with love and care and no measuring! She uses mostly fresh ingredients from their garden and I have never once, in 13 years, left her home hungry. In fact, I usually try and wear stretchy pants when we go over there!
My hubby does appreciate my efforts with cooking and likes when I try and doll things up, so I have been trying to humor him. We both know I am a much better baker and prefer to bake cookies, brownies and cakes. I love decorating cupcakes and birthday cakes and feel that baking actually relaxes me. However, with just two of us in the house, making a nice tray of brownies is not really a good idea for our waistlines!
Anyway, here is a sampling of what I have made so far:
We will see what the next few weeks bring. I am sure the cooking wave will be going back out to sea at some point. Speaking of the sea, maybe this week I will make some shrimp. Or the mixed bag of seafood I found in the freezer. Or the mahi mahi fillets from Trader Joe’s. I guess I am still riding that cooking wave after all!
Stay strong and stay home!!! Try some new recipes and ride that cooking wave if it catches you!