By the way, in case any of you were wondering how Anthony’s and my New Year’s Rouxbe compromise has been going, it’s been chugging along swimmingly.
While I do feel like I’m at the grocery store now every other day (if not every day) — which is actually quite nostalgic for me as that’s what life in Europe was like! — and kitchen cleaning is of utmost urgency now, I have truly rekindled my love for the culinary arts.
Friday, Anthony and I made Alaskan cod with basa sauce and quinoa. It was soooo good!
|The smashed sweet potatoes, by the way, are divine.|
Last week, our friends came over and we did a mostly plant-based dinner of Indian cauliflower appetizers, bacon-wrapped dates (our one indulgence), fennel salad, and vegetable “pasta” from Crazy Sexy Kitchen. On our anniversary, I made us some steak with mushroom sauce and gnocchi made from scratch. A few days ago, we made several pizzas from scratch as well.
|A veritable veggie medley! Turns out zucchini “pasta” is legit yummy.|
|Delicious anniversary dinner.|
|Gnocchi made from scratch.|
|A surf ‘n’ turf burrito I recreated from a San Diego restaurant 🙂|
|Unfortunately, Anthony wasn’t able to pick up the mozzarella di bufala I requested . . . but this one turned out acceptably.|
Adventures! Admittedly, some parts of cooking can be a challenge without a sous-chef when you’re part gimpy, but to aid in the efforts, there is some modified cookware available for one-handed cooks. I don’t personally own any, but I know things would be a lot easier if I did!
For your reference, some non-modified kitchen tools I find indespensible are:
Flour sifter. I like this one because my left (affected) hand can just hold it in place as I turn the handle with my right.
Pepper mill. I am a stickler for freshly ground pepper. On that note, don’t skimp on the cheese grater, either — pre-grated cheese is just subpar, period. (As is any cheese the artificial color orange.)
|(Disregard the laptop in the background. Oops.)|
Quality blender (e.g., a Vita-mix or a BlendTec). A lot of people don’t understand why someone would invest over $400 in a powerful blender, but the difference is in the smoothie. Mine is a 2 horsepower Vita-mix 5000 that we bought years ago. A 3 horsepower blender will “micronize” food particles to the micron level, which means smoothies will come out truly smooth, and your stomach won’t need to waste energy trying to break down the nutrients. (These are the blenders that some crazy marketers will throw an iPad into!)