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the birth of foodies
Ever since darkwolfie set up the kitchen cart he gave me for Yule, I've been all about the cooking. I've spent a bunch of time finding and copying recipes into a book for myself -- some new that I'd like to try, and some old ones of my mom's that I love and want to make for myself. darkwolfie thinks I'm getting a little obsessed with food. I think I'm just having a blast making food cheaply that's miles better than what we can get at a restaurant or by ordering in. It doesn't hurt that excess grease or sugar pretty much makes me ill. I also just get a kick out of making a nice meal for my husband.

He's jumping on the bandwagon, though. He's always been a fan of making soups and stews, and he's pretty good at steak tips, but today he branched out. He wants to break in his spiffy new crockpot by making me venison stew -- it was the first meal he ever cooked for me when we first started dating. That meat he killed and butchered himself; this came from Whole Foods in Bedford. (It's still a lovely and romantic thing to do for me, though.) While were looking at the venison, we spied ostrich filets, and decided to have that for dinner.

Wow, that was good. Oddly, it tastes like beef, but with a smoother, less fibrous texture. I'd totally eat it again, and we're looking forward to trying some new marinades with it. Plus it's lower in calories than beef, and lower in fat, so it'll be better for us. We can get ostrich burgers, and never miss the beef. (I'll probably sabotage the "lower in fat" thing by adding cheese and bacon, but not entirely.)

We bought snow peas tonight, too, and were eating them like chips. I can totally see us buying those to eat as snacks, if I can find some as nice as what we got at Whole Foods. (I liked their meat, cheese, and produce departments, but not enough to drive there all the time, since we have no other reason to go to Bedford, and it requires driving on 95.)

Life is good. We're broadening our food horizons and having fun at the same time. Happy bear.

i feel: satisfied satisfied

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xianghua From: xianghua Date: January 16th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC) (base camp)
Heh! Sounds like fun. Tonight I made homemade cheese crackers (which were okay, but I think if I want them to taste like Cheezits, I need to use processed cheese or something).
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: January 16th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Isn't it amazing how one change in the kitchen, makes it much more exciting to work in it?

tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 16th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC) (base camp)
This one change didn't just make it exciting to work in it, it made it possible. We only have one counter in the kitchen. One end of it is taken up with a large toaster/rotisserie oven, which we use all the time, and the other end has the dish drainer (and a lot of darkwolfie's cruft). In the middle is a single sink. There's no room left to work. There wasn't even any space to put dishes when we were washing up. I've been known to put a really big cutting board over the sink or one the stove to create counter space.

The kitchen cart not only gave us extra counter space, but the two shelves gave me space to bring out some of the small appliances, like the food processor and bread machine. And there are two drawers, wide enough for a proper sized silverware tray. Before this, we jammed everything into one tiny, grody little drawer -- one of the two in this kitchen. Quite honestly, if I'd been in on the purchase of this house, I'm not sure we'd be living here. The kitchen is that heinous.
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: January 16th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Sounds vaguely similar to my kitchen.
I got rid of the dish drainer because it took up so much space. Which means I need to dry and put away dishes as I go. It usually happens. *heh*
But it does leave more room for prep.
I hate the single sink. HATE IT. I bought a small plastic tub to put in the sink for dirty dishes. But I think even for a single sink, mine is rather large and that is the kitchens only saving grace I tell you what.
My apartment kitchen had more work space. *mittens*
I wish I had room for a butcher block. I think that would make life better.
Someday...someday I will rip out the kitchen and start over and build a big pantry....someday *eyes glaze over*

tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 16th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC) (base camp)
We do have a pantry, and someday when we have the money together, we're redoing it -- there's a slop sink back there, with a cabinet over it, and I'd rather make that a nice full length cabinet. The back wall will get new cabinets, too. And I want to put a free-standing cabinet in the kitchen for appliances and the microwave, though once the pantry is in, I may not need a big cabinet, just a microwave stand.

We have to do the dishpan in the sink thing too, but the sink is small, so we still needed space to stage dishes before washed them. Sometimes they ended up in a big stockpot on the floor. My mom has had a double sink for 30+ years, and always kept her drainer in one of the sinks -- every time I complained about my lack of space... "Why don't you put the drainer in the other sink?" "WHAT other sink, Mom?" "Oh yeah..." grrrr...
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