Monday, January 12, 2009

On cooking

For a while now I've been specializing in frozen-ingredients, well done, and one pot meals.
I still have the good intention of cooking more sophisticated meals and stuff my fridge and pantry with all the right ingredients. But more often than not, many of these ingredients end up slowly dying in the fridge or hiding on top shelves and I keep perfecting my specialization.

Yesterday I realized that the shredded cabbage (could-have-been cole slaw or cabbage soup) and steak (lean and clean, good for grilling, baking, stuffing) should be cooked or else. Meat and cabbage stew came to mind-easy, healthy, reheats well.

I sauteed onions and garlic, added the meat and spices, and lowered the flame to simmer. Then I realized that we no longer have plastic forks and plates. So I decided to go out and buy them. I checked on the meat-the onions and the meat let out lots of water, enough to cook for a good to be palatable and easily chewable for the younger generation.

After I left my house I realized that it was Sunday night. All the local stores were closed and I was too tired (lazy?) to drive for 15 min just to get disposable dishes. I called my sister who said she has some plastic forks to spare. I took the forks but then decided to come up for some tea...

To make the long story short, I came home an hour and 20 minutes later. The house was filled with the scent of cooking meat. Without taking off my coat I rushed to the kitchen, lifted the lid from the meat pot and saw that there was still had plenty of liquid left in the pot. Whew and thank Gd! The meat must be really tender now, cooking with lots of onions for over an hour. I added the cabbage, cooked the whole thing for another 20 minutes and went to bed.

I served the stew for dinner today. Hubby complimented me on the taste and the tenderness of the meat. I told him that I cooked it for a very long time, etc.

"Yea, you left the house with the meat on the stove. When I came to the kitchen, the pot was almost dry and I added a whole cup of water to it."

Thus, my successful simmer-lots-of-onions-with-thin-strips-of-meat stew ended up just another failed well done dish thanks to hubby's keen sense of smell. But in the end, we all (including now-picky Eh) enjoyed it and that's what matters.

Tomorrow's menu includes some Indian chicken which will be cooked right before dinner (and the chicken's will finish defrosting by tomorrow). So there is still hope for the return of gourmet meals...

9 comments:

Mikeinmidwood said...

Nice story.

Barb Chansky said...

And there we were, having tea and cake and a nice discussion:)

Moshe said...

I tried something new for shabbat. Chicken breast cut into strips and sweet and sour sauce in pyrax container, first covered, don't remember how long, and then uncovered for like 15 minutes. Cooked at 325. Came out awesome.

Btw, Pomegranate is now selling instant miso soup, $4 for a 4 pack. I found online as low as $3.09 but need to order a lot.

La Poutine Cachere said...

Miso soup. YUM. Thanks for the tip Mike!

I love cooking and cookbooks, but I'm definitely a one-pot meal kind of girl. Glad the stew turned out. :)

La Poutine Cachere said...

Oops. I mean Moshe! Too much time on the computer. :p

Moshe said...

This is the only instant miso soup I've found. The company that makes it also makes kosher mirin and umeboshi among other stuff. Let me know if you want to split the order.

Sally Hazel said...

Moshe, thanks for the recipe. Will try to remember to try it out:)

LPC, I used to work near Walden Books. During that time I probably bought ~15 cook books. And I love cook books with pictures! (though I don't even attempt to make something look like the picture).

Moshe said...

meh, hate cookbooks. Looking for the correct ingredients, trying to make it look like teh pic, the right size/shape cookware. Whatever.

I look up the general recipe on cookingdownunder.com and then put something together or just make something up myself.

word verification: renis
hehe...hehehe...bwahaha!

Sally Hazel said...

Truth is, I don't really use cook books (I haven't found the ones who cater to my specialties...) but I love looking at the pictures in them...