One of my agreements with myself for writing on Tuesdays is not to try too hard. Meaning I don’t intend to labor long or hard over what will end up on this page finally. No sweat. That’s the rule. I began drafting a post but it was becoming kind of academic – look at what I’ve been reading and how wise it’s made me. So I stopped and began again. And here I am babbling.
A few weeks ago I started a subscription to a a meal service. Once a week on Monday evenings I receive a box of ingredients for 3 meals, 2 portions of each. A week in advance I decide on which dishes and during the week I do my level best to follow each of the 6-step recipes to completion. So far I’ve tried a Thai shrimp on rice noodles, teriyaki chicken wraps (teen’s fave so far), Wiener Schnitzel, Argentinian Chimichurri, empanadas, and cashew chicken. All of this is a radical departure from my previous standard cooking fare which included variations on rice or noodles with some form of vegetable, ground beef or chicken. I’ve always been dedicated to quick, simple and efficient. What I’m doing now is only some of those some of the time (rarely quick).
That said, my teen is appreciative and encouraging. For my part the jury is still out. I suppose it’s the effort of growing new habits that’s a bit of a challenge. I mostly enjoy the results. I have learned that I don’t have to make all the salads in addition to the main course. It’s fine to use half the pepperoni instead of the whole. The variety of flavors is a plus. But I’m not sure that I really want to spend all that time in the kitchen, although I feel myself getting better at managing several tasks. Stove top and oven at the same time? Getting there.
Tonight I put on Billy Joel’s greatest hits as I boiled the chicken breast and baked the sliced potatoes, placed the chicken into the sweet spicy sauce with onions, pepperoni and garlic in a pan and then then pulled it apart to make tasty sandwiches on toasted baguette.
I didn’t know I had it in me. Not looking to become a real foodie but I’m willing to learn a few new tricks to take me into the next phase.