Odd, but true!
Feb. 18, 2011 4:51 pm
Updated: Feb. 21, 2011 5:19 am
Perhaps it's living in the desert heat, which often deters firing up the oven, I noticed today a new routine emerging. Crazycook seemed content for a while, at least, to attempt the outside chores, rather than full day(s) in the kitchen... This morning
when I awoke, I noticed that the skies were blanketed by a cover of dreary grey clouds. Once my morning ritual of pets, coffee, tidy up the crazykitchen from the night before was all a thing of the past, I turned my attention to my "to do list" to see just
what I could procrastinate into another day! (I'm quite successful at this!) Back to life again, I was able to feed the dogs their lunch - and me too, of course, I could feel crazycook beginning to surface. Often, there is no stopping from there, regardless
what I had thought the day would come to.
So, here I am on this gloomy day (which should be a joy considering summer sun is on it's way) deciding just what the crazykitchen will produce. Accessing my mental list of comfort foods, began searching the archives for something that I just hadn't fixed
in a while... It did not need to be "sweet," as we are still enjoying the remains of chocolate chip cookies, thus it must be something savory. The easy part accomplished, my attentions turned to the more difficult chore of actually choosing... something!
Truth be known, I could most definately sit down to a huge bowl of mashed potatoes! The light bulb finally lit... Shepherd's Pie is in the toaster oven reheating, as it were. I already had the spuds (hence my one thought for lunch!) Always a good reason
for making a huge batch, when mashing spuds to begin with! Robin Miller on the food channel, swears by her crede, "cook once, eat twice." She's not referring to leftovers, but preparing an entree, today this way, and tomorrow, that way. (Kind of a fan,
afterall, she lives here in Scottsdale!) Just for the fun of it, I consulted my two Brit cookbooks, to get a "feel" for what types of seasonings I might try, and was surprised that both called for a tomato product mixed with the meat. This seems new to me,
and certainly isn't an ingredient that I would automatically add, but what the hey, I was looking for a little pizazz. One also called for white wine, though I certainly didn't measure much of anything! (One bad habit, if wishing to "repeat" the recipe another
Back to my original thought... just what is it about cloudy days, that cause one to simply, want to cook? It wasn't the cold (it was 60 when I got up,) nor rain, winds or the like. Simply the cloud cover, I can only presume, which drove me into the kitchen
for much of the afternoon!
My mouth is watering, while I watch the hands on the wall clock tic painfully slowly, heading toward the dinner hour! So, for the meantime, I must run back to the crazykitchen to ensure that dinner doesn't burn to a crisp! More later, friends, if I'm still
able to waddle around the house!