Okay, I am playing catch up here. Pictures of food I made will have to wait as I took pictures of them with a disposable camera and had to get them transferred to CD. I made lentil & sweet potato dal and a lot of salad.
Week 3 Assignments:
What motivates me to cook and take joy in it?
I think that cooking is the main way I try new things. It's less anxiety provoking for me to do things on my own terms in my own home (more on this later). I am also jazzed by the showing off and showing people I love them through food. Which is why the fact that I am not allowed to cook for members of my family is a frustration.
I am also weirdly excited by the frugality/making do angle. I made dal with the lentils I found cleaning out the pantry and paired it with a sweet potato that I needed to use up and it was great!
As for cleaning out my cooking tools and evaluating if they really work with what I cook, I currently cook with the contents of an Ikea kitchen box and an few additional tools. The majority of my tools are in Cookbook's garage, and I don't want to buy more until I have my hands on it all so I can sort through it. So I skip this task this week.
Finding a recipe...yeah, that's a fail. I can't seem to find a recipe that looks good that also isn't something I am completely comfortable with and that is also affordable.I have good skills on the cooking thing. I like to stretch myself.
It also occurs to be that I should start to plan out the things I might choose to make over the course of this experiment based on Wende's themes. Hmmm. I am actually great with my cooking skills and things I like to cook, but I think I am going to try to make the following: pineapple upside down cake (I ask permission to cheat and use butter cake mix for this--I don't have a mixer with me but I do back in Ohio (of course!) and I know I can make this cake without one if I use a mix for the cake only), Lady Baltimore cake (after I have my mixer), tzatziki, and artichokes. Any other suggestions? I am game for almost anything.