Monday, June 20, 2011
Today I was feeling wiped out and daunted at the thought of dealing with all the peeling and chopping and hauling the big pot of water from sink to stove, and draining the boiling water later, but I figured I'd try to get started at least and if I had to call it off at least I'd have some veggies pre-cut for tomorrow and cooked egg noodles for a jump start on dinner. My backup plan was more talapia tacos or chicken sandwiches or leftover Moussaka, I love having multiple backup dinners to fall back on just in case.
I got the water started and chopped the onion and was doing OK all things considered so I peeled carrots and then managed to chop them too! I was babbling to myself about "I can cook while my ARMS are on FIRE" and shifting weight around off my ankles as one complained more than the other, and taking little back rubbing breaks as my sciatic nerve went off but I was DOING it! I got to the point where I had to decide whether I was turning the heat on the veggies pot or putting it away and I went for it! Defrosted and then heated the frozen roast of beef in its own broth and was able to chop up the meat and open the can of green beans without too much hand/wrist trouble, yay! Sometimes that can opener really gets me to the point of hand cramps. I wasn't sure I could drain the hot water after the noodles cooked but I managed to pour most of it out and instead of dumping the rest of the noodles in the colander I just put the few that fell out back in and let the remaining water start evaporating while I stirred and salted the noodles.
Juan called after I'd added the beef and drained the noodles so I put the pot down to warm to try to pause the cooking and I'll finish up with the buttermilk and flour to thicken into sauce when he gets home, and add the noodles last. I guess my veggies might be overcooked but it should still be OK. Had fun adding all the ingredients measurements into the recipe calculator and it came out to about 400 calories per serving and almost 3 servings of veggies so that was nice to learn.