I’m aware that this weight-loss blog turns into a food blog every once in awhile, but get over it. I like food.
I’m housesitting for friends out in Bastrop this weekend, which means that I have a gloriously large kitchen with which to work, and a beautiful porch on which to drink wine. It honestly doesn’t get much better than that.
Last night, I stopped at the grocery store on the way home, with a list of ingredients to make Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and some roasted vegetables. As you may have noticed, I don’t usually cook dinner. It just seems like so much damn work for not enough payback. But while I was at home with Mom and Dad, I was inspired. They cook together almost every single night, and they make such incredibly delicious and healthy food. (In fact, you saw a very similar meal in this post.)
My dad always tells me that cooking isn’t hard – it’s just reading instructions, and you need a little experience to improve your cooking prowess. I understand these things. I am also a little lazy. However, last night I was on fire. I left work, drove out to Bastrop, got everything I needed at the grocery store, and immediately started cooking when I got home. Walter was totally beat from his day at work, so I insisted that he didn’t help me. I wanted to do it on my own, and I was friggin’ determined!
That was until I realized you have to peel a squash. Why had I never thought about this before? Of course you don’t eat the squash skin. But when have I ever had to peel a squash?? Man. It was a feat of strength. Seriously:
Shit got real.
Also, note to self: do not get a manicure and then immediately peel a squash. That skin is so damn thick! And it’s an awkward shape! Why does it have to be so delicious??? My life is so hard.
But I did successfully get the vegetables in the oven, without any major mishaps. Walter came to the rescue for the chicken – it needed to be flattened into a manageable thickness for cooking, and he’s a man. Raaawwwrrrr. There were a few other bumps in the road: I realized at the end of cooking the chicken that I had cooked only 2 chicken breasts, but enough sauce and sun-dried tomatoes for 4. I burned my finger on the door of the oven (why do I ALWAYS forget that is hot as well??) My timing was off with vegetables vs. chicken, and the roasted vegetables were done a little too early. I had to call my parents at least 3 times to ask questions about the whole debacle. Blah blah blah.
BUT! At the end of it all, we had an incredibly delicious and healthy meal that I had made! All by myself! (OK, almost – I had a couple of assists from the awesome Walter.) My mom is right – it always tastes better when you make it.
LOOK AT THAT!! I was so excited that I e-mailed the photo to my parents…and then I called them about 2 minutes later to check if they had seen it yet. I was so proud of myself – it was a little ridiculous. I mean, people cook meals on their own all the time, all over the world. But those people are not me. I had to lay down afterwards. For awhile.
Hooray healthy cooking! Hopefully, this is a step towards more consistent culinary adventures. Tonight – whole-wheat pita pizzas!