I want to be a chef.
I'm a foodie, and I've always enjoyed cooking but lately I find I'm really getting into flavours and textures and presentation. Master Chef NZ finished last week and I'm bereft. I don't watch any other cooking shows but for some reason that one has always kept me riveted, and I've learned things, lot of helpful hints and combinations. A couple of weeks ago I was at Barbara Deleo's house (a fellow cat) and her four children were watching this show. She says it has got them interested in food and cooking too, so these shows can't be bad for us.
Tell that to my hips.
My daughter and her partner bought me a subscription for the Cuisine magazine and I read each one from cover to cover many times. Yeah, I know, crazy, when there are so many books lying around waiting to be read.
I have shelves full of recipe books, featuring cuisine from many cultures. My latest fad is Italian after spending a month there last year. Unfortunately my DB is not a fan of pasta (might as well give me flour and water for dinner, he mutters) but he's getting used to eating it regardless. He does love a pizza as long as it's loaded with meat and vegetables. Not quite Italian, but hey, I have fun creating new combinations and he enjoys eating them.
Oh, and the stereo speaker is essential to sing along to as I create. Apparently my cooking is way better than my singing.
In an attempt to clear the piles of magazines that I only kept for the recipes I went through them all to remove the recipe pages. Great, except I now have a box with literally hundreds of recipes in. So next I decided I'll try out at least three new recipes a week. It will take forever to get through them all, and even if I find keepers I won't get back to them until at least 2030.
Here's last night's new meal, a simple, quick one as I had to be doing other things.
Roasted chicken, cauliflower and pumpkin with herbs and garlic. Now there's a thing - I'm really into herbs nowadays and thankfully my DB is happy to grow a wide range for me. (So I sometimes cook him a steak while I have pasta. Well, you've got to keep them happy.)
as for garlic, DB has grown what seems like a paddock full. Shame I can't use it in cookies or desserts.
It's feijoa season and I need to find some ideas for using up the little blighters dropping all over the lawn. Ahh, yes, a wee drop of wine goes well with feijoa sponge and ice cream.
Do you enjoy cooking? Or is it one of those things you have to get done so you can do the things you enjoy most?