Friday, December 21, 2012
My upstairs neighbor called today looking for a couple of spices she needed for something she was cooking. I was able to help her with the marjoram, one of my favorite new spices, but not the tarragon. She thanked me profusely and said it was nice to have chefs in the building. I had to laugh to myself. My son is a young trained cook who works on developing new recipe concepts for their clients products to sell to others. I only really learned to cook about 30 years ago when I had to cook for my daughter when she was with me after my divorce. Even since then my range beyond simple chicken dishes, burgers and steaks was just a handful of recipes. Chefs we are not.
But, for the last 5 months I have been cooking up a storm using mostly spark recipes. Sometimes adapting recipes with my sons advice. (Of course he never wants to cook at home.) I now have a thick stack of recipes I have now tried. I even bought an inexpensive tablet computer for the kitchen so I could look up my recipes instead of constantly printing them out or finding them in my stack. I have give samples of my best results to my neighbor so she somehow views us as Chefs.
They closed my son's offices down until the start of the new years so he brought home a bunch of perishable vegetables. In the bag was partly cut up celery root, red onion and sweet potatoes. Not wanting to waste anything I used some advice from my son and my experience with pumpkin soup making to create a soup using all of the root vegetables he brought home with the addition of carrots, yellow onions, garlic and shallots. I even used up some of the fresh herbs he brought home. I roasted the vegetables and then added vegetable stock. I reduced that to soften the vegetables and pureed them. Soup was awesome. Maybe I am a chef.
I know that portion size and fitness have fueled my success over the last 5 months. But, I also know that my cooking of a large variety of healthy food has kept me from getting bored with my nutrition and is preparing me for life after reaching goal weight. I do not miss eating out because I know I have good food to eat at home.
Merry Christmas everyone and happy end of the world.