I decided that this is the year I’m going to start cooking more often. Most of my “cooking” revolves around three things:
- Baking and/or making dessert.
- Breakfast food.
- Frying bacon.
I can make food just fine; my chicken breasts are usually done and juicy and you can’t screw up a can of green beans. But it’s not great. It’s edible but I want it to be incredible. OK, maybe incredible is a bit of a stretch but I do want more flavor, more textures, more yummyness… preferably the kind that doesn’t widen the hiney. I’d like to make a bit healthier too.
I’m definitely down for trying new things so last night I did just that: I made a big pasta dinner. The hubs was out on business, this was a great time to experiment and so I did. And now I know why I don’t do big dinners during the week: it took 1.5 hours from prep to plate.
I can blame part of it on my lack of slicing and dicing skills. But I didn’t eat dinner until 8pm. And I was starving. And I was pissed because a) my pasta did not look like the internet’s pasta, b) my sauce did not thicken like the internet said it would and c) I was starving.
Though I had a few hiccups and the dish didn’t turn out exactly like it was supposed to, it still tasted good. And I hoovered it. Word on the street is that I was starving. It’s just disappointing that it took as long as it did to prepare my dinner and the picture on the internet look more appetizing than what was on my plate. Boo. Leftovers will be consumed today and fingers crossed the pasta soaked up that sauce and make it even better tasting. *fingers crossed*
My theory about this whole cooking thing is if I just get my butt in the kitchen, I will learn to cook. Even if I mess up and make a few bad batches of something, I will learn to cook. I plan to pick up recipes, actually read them beforehand, slice and dice veggies, boil, bake, saute, broil, microplane things… if I do this, I will learn to cook.
Someone please tell me I’m right. Please? Because, if you haven’t noticed, I want to learn to cook. And bacon doesn’t cover all the necessary food groups.