He was right.
Not that I'll ever tell him, but…
He was right.
Remember, back in the beginning of time, when I was searching for plates and forks so we could eat?
I was complaining because he, apparently bored labeling boxes, ended up listing some of them as 'Stuff she never uses'.
I, of course, would neither acknowledge or admit that such a possibility existed in my kitchen.
Now that I have cabinets (photos tomorrow) I can unpack the rest of the kitchen boxes.
After 8 months of managing to cook very nicely with what I had to hand I am looking at some of these things a bit differently.
Today I unpacked:
1. Stainless steel upright asparagus cooker.
2. Hand-held electric onion chopper.
3. Angel Food cake pan.
I've never made an Angel Food cake in my life! Thank heavens I have the pan, though…. One never knows.
3. Set of six stainless steel nesting bowls, ranging from tiny to 'what the hell would I ever use something this huge for?'
4. Corn-on-the-cob cooker.
5. Pasta cooker with strainer.
6. Spring form pan for cheesecake; 18 cup cupcake pan; bundt cake pan; copper jelly pan; 2 pasta makers, one hand crank, one for the kitchen-aid; Jello molds; sausage maker; apple baker; ravioli press; electric orange juicer; set of 6 raclette plates….
Then the moment of revelation came:
I should retire from writing a food blog. Actually, not only should I retire, I should first apologize to the blogisphere for perpetrating this fraud for so long.
Instead of unpacking each treasure, gazing at it lovingly and letting my mind race in happy anticipation of the next time I would create something utterly delicious with it….
I looked at whatever and had 2 other thoughts:
2. Where the h-ll am I going to put it?
I am not throwing anything out, though. Maybe it's just the last 8 months that has dried up the creative juices.
Maybe, once the kitchen is unpacked, the lawn mowed, the garden planted, the windows painted, the bedroom done, the house finished and mon mari stops taking his holidays in hospital (he'll be out in a mere 2 1/2 weeks)…. Maybe, then I'll get inspired to use something.
Like that double-sided, hinged, Spanish tortilla maker… I could do something with that…..
I can be creative….
Like this French Taco Salad:
Taco Salad, a la Française
1/2 lb ground turkey or beef
1/3 cup couscous
2/3 cup beef stock
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped red and/or green pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
16 oz (500gr) taco sauce, divided The jars I get are small – about 1 cup each. I use one 'mild' but and one hot, and divide between the meat and 'at table' .
8 slice goat cheese
Lettuce – enough for 2 main meal salads
Heat stock to boiling. When boiling, add couscous, remove from heat and cover. Uncover after 10 minutes and fluff with fork.
Chop onions, green pepper and celery. Mince garlic. Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chili powder and sauté briefly (30 seconds) Add onion, garlic, celery, pepper and sauté for 5 minutes. Add turkey/beef and continue cooking until meat is done. Add 1 cup of the taco sauce – you want the meat mixture to be thick so don't add all of the sauce if it is not needed – serve the rest on the side. Take meat mixture off heat.
Cut tomatoes in half. Slice avocado. Make French Dressing. Prepare lettuce and put into a large bowl. Add some of the dressing and toss well. Taste, add more dressing if desired.
Divide salad and put on 2 plates. Divide couscous and make 4 little 'piles' on each salad. Top couscous with a spoonful of the meat. Lay a slice of goat cheese on top. Arrange tomato and avocado around salad and serve with any remaining salsa and meat sauce on the side.
1 1/2 tbs ketchup
2 tsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp chili powder
2 tbs olive oil, the good stuff
Mix ketchup, vinegar chili powder and mustard. Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly.
Back to work; I wonder what treasures I'll unpack tomorrow