Maybe it’s not the best to write when you are irritated. I got this really cool pot for Christmas, it’s a Tagine.
In it you can make some amazing stews where the meat comes out so tender. What is so special about this pot is that you cook on low, the juices stay in the pot and there is no overflow. There is enough room for the air to rise, but it doesn’t need to escape, keeping all of that moisture in. Once I got the new pot I instantly thought, wow we are going to put an end to the “what’s for dinner questions” for a while! My sister-in-law suggested some recipes and I was eager to put them to the test. First up, chicken masala, then carne guisada. Chicken breast doesn’t take that long to make, but the sauce takes at least an hour. And of course you need to marinate your meat for at least 4 hours. I made this dish, thought it was pretty good and my audience thought it was ok. Hmmm, well cereal is ok too and it doesn’t take any effort to prepare. Next up carne guisada, this is a Mexican stew dish. I thought maybe this really should go in the crock pot because it takes 6 hours, but after reading the recipe online from a person who didn’t have a crockpot, I thought, ok in the tagine it went. It took all day for this recipe to cook and when it was ready, I excitedly put a plate together for the fam with churro beans and a tortilla. One said it was good, the other suddenly developed a loss of appetite. What the heck? This one that lost his appetite can eat boat loads of Chick-fil-a, What-a-burger and Popeyes. (His culinary preference). No problem, I have a bunch of left overs and there will be no need to hit up these places tomorrow because we have food.
Lastly, on my self pity rant, a note about my child who will not eat meat (but will eat seafood). I get so tired of hearing I want food for dinner. So, I decided to come up with a recipe for this child to eat. Think about it, no asking, just a meal prepared for you hot, fresh, home made. Instantly I was asked what it was that I was making. I responded coconut shrimp, it’s actually in a sauce and served over rice. It was neither Indian or Thai. This child (who is an adult) asked for something else instead of my plan. I said the kitchen was open for her to make whatever. I am willing to make the dish I purchased the items for. Here is a decision point. Do you make the dish you planned to make, or skip it because it was met with some resentment? Spoiler, made the dish and it is met with total protest. So, do you waste the time effort and energy making food? At least I know I have a meal prepared for tomorrow, lunch for me.
So my exciting sudden interest in cooking time consuming dishes has been satisfied and I don’t need to do it anymore. The fam is fine with fast food and cereal. Lesson learned. I know that my food is not bad. I would admit it if it was awful. I just have these really picky people, lucky they are able to be so picky. Of course I would like some additional recognition that the food is better than the usual if I put forth the time, effort and energy that the food prepared is better than usual. Short cut methods are just as good if not better in some instances.
I have a friend that says she can’t cook. This is non-sense. Some things are a hit some a miss. Again, I really think the dishes I made were really good. My favorite show is Naked and Afraid. If you have ever watched it, two people are dropped in a location and they have to find, shelter, water, food, protection for 21 days. Most starve themselves for the 21 days because they are unable to hunt or find food. I’m sure these people would be really happy to eat what I prepared. So that is what I am going with, someone would LOVE what I make.