It's no secret that I like to cook. That's a good thing, because sometimes I have to make five meals a day. Also, my kids train hard and need about 5,000 calories a day, mostly of GOOD food (with actual nutrients in it), and that isn't always easy.
Food experts say that first, you eat with your eyes. Maybe that's why I always feel like taking a photo of my food - a way to preserve my accomplishment before it's been eaten. They are bad photos because it's usually w/ my camera phone. And I don't really cook "pretty" food - I'm just a plain, family cook.
But if I don't get something up on my blog, all 3 of my readers will wonder what happened, and my Klout score will fall below 50. I think it's cool I have a Klout score that is a higher number than my age and I aim to keep it that way.
So.... here are a few photos of my culinary accomplishments and the reasons I took the pictures in the first place.
Eggs. Eggs are a recently discovered condiment in my house. This is a white bean and kale stew, and I've "gilded the lily" by topping it with a poached egg. I've put poached eggs on salads, burgers, a plate of sauteed spring onions, a stack of grilled asparagus, into a bowl of tomato sauce. Eggs just add that extra bit of luxuriousness (and protein!) and plus, when The Girls are in top form, I've got lots of them.
Tomatoes. I sure wish I could successfully grow tomatoes because despite the fact that I don't much care for them raw, I cook with them all the time. Below is a sheet pan full of halved romas dusted w/ a bit of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
A few hours in the oven and they are like candy. I can remember my mother saying this about vegetables and I always thought she was crazy. Now I know what she meant, or I've become crazy too.
More eggs. This just makes me happy because it's an egg from 50 feet from my house, and deer sausage from 50 miles from my house, compliments of Boy.
Grilling. I love to grill. I don't care what time of year it is, I grill many nights a week. I will grill the bread, the dessert, even the salad sometimes.
Yum. This was a pretty tasty snicky snack, pulled together by a little dish of wine jelly, infused with lemon and rosemary. Went GREAT with the fish and the tangy chevre. Should have made more of it.
More eggs. Mother's day breakfast in bed. Eggs Benedict. No further words are necessary.
And finally, more eggs. One of the challenges of my household is to balance the needs of my calorie-consuming kids with the needs of my aging body. One of my favorite meals is to make a red sauce (with all those lovely cooked tomatoes!) that is full of all kinds of veggies and love. The kids get the sauce on pasta, and I eat a bowl of it with a poached egg (or two) tossed in. Yum.