I finally made it back to the stove.
After a long day of walking the city, I came back to my hood to do a big grocery shop.
Ahh, so nice to have fresh goodies in the house! But before putting them away, I cleaned out the fridge – ooh, there’s that lovely chicken chili I made last week and the pesto pasta that I thought we finished…
Then I put everything away. With one small cupboard and one small fridge, this always means that I have to take out the majority of the items before I can make room for everything.
Really, it’s a whole thing.
Two hours after I had come through the door, everything is finally put away and the kitchen looks pristine.
It’s now time to make dinner. I pull everything out and start the assembly.
My menu for tonight is:
- Roast skinless, boneless chicken breasts stuffed with wild leeks, fresh basil and lemons.
- Boiled new potatoes with olive oil and fresh dill
- Organic kale with garlic and horseradish
- Chopped salad of romaine, yellow peppers, endive and radish
I was tempted to do a big soup as well, but all that chopping and cooking took another hour or so, and I had started on a dessert (yes, I’m trying to learn to bake) that is going to take a couple of days, because you have to let things cool in the fridge in various stages. So despite how tired I was from the whole process, I was very close to just cooking all night.
However, I remembered that there is still tomorrow and Monday is a holiday here, so I may take a couple of hours in the afternoon to do something slow-cooked.
It is so good to be home, cooking again. I am like an actor who just found out she got the part.
Tonight’s audition: finish the 3-part dessert (it’s a surprise), homemade soup (I think something minestrone-esque) and something from the new Jamie’s America cookbook.