I once had a conversation with my grandma about cooking. Her take on it:
"I love to eat. In order to eat, I need to cook. So I cook. Because I like to eat."
My sentiments exactly.
I love food. Sweet. Savory. Salty. Comfort. Healthy. So unhealthy it will take 4 years off your life.
I like it all.
Well, not Indian. Curry and I don't get along.
Oh, and anything too spicy. I don't understand the appeal of food that makes you cry for your momma and some milk.
Although, I do love a great big glass of cold milk.
Stasha has chosen 10 Foods as our Monday Listicles topic for the week.
As I may have mentioned a time or two, I don't have a kitchen at the moment. We're living out of a crock-pot and a microwave. My eating habits, and thus my husband's and children's, have gone down the tubes.
At a party this weekend, Hubby actually answered the question, "Have you been eating out a lot since the kitchen is getting redone?" with, "No, we've just been eating junk."
To his credit, he realized exactly how that may sound to his wife (who has been trying very hard to make good, nutritious food for over a month) as it was coming out of his mouth and quickly tried to fix it. He really couldn't fix it, but bless his heart, he tried.
Basically, we're all missing real, normal-for-us food.
For the list this week, I'm giving you 10 Foods That I Am Really Missing These Days.
1. Eggs in general, but hard-boiled in particular. We raise chickens for crying out loud. We normally eat eggs at least once a week. I am used to eating a hard-boiled egg every single morning. Without my egg, I get hungry so much earlier. Which means I eat things I shouldn't.
2. Banana Bread. It makes me so sad to give our over-ripe bananas to the chickens. We love banana bread, and I normally make it at least every other week. I buy more bananas than we need just so we have some to make bread.
3. Pasta. We eat some sort of pasta every single week. Sometimes two times a week. We miss the fast and easy rotini. We long for the shrimp and broccoli fettuccine Alfredo that takes a little longer, but is so worth it. And then the fan favorites lasagna and stuffed shells. Oh, Carbs, we miss you so.
4. Pancakes. We love some breakfast any time of day. Pancakes with our homegrown and canned apples sprinkled with a little cinnamon are a favorite. It's just too hard to make them on a griddle precariously balanced on a piano bench, though. So we've gone without.
5. Salmon. Really, any fish, but mostly salmon. We normally eat some sort of fish most weeks. I only buy salmon when it's on sale, and I swear it has been on sale ever since we lost our oven. And since we had to change clocks, it is dark well before dinner. You just can't cook salmon on the grill in the dark. We still go to the fish counter when we shop, so the boys can visit with the lobsters and I can drool/cry over the salmon.
6. Pork. Once again, we are pig farmers and we haven't had a pork chop or bite of sausage for over a month. That's just not right. Actually, I miss meat in general. There aren't many recipes that call for raw meat in the crock-pot. It's always "brown the meat" first. Fortunately, I did cook a bunch of ground pork and chicken before we lost the stove, so we've been able to eat chili, tacos, white chili, chicken nuggets, and chicken quesadillas. Chicken, chicken, and more chicken. I do miss some hot out of the oven/off the stove meat, though.
7. Homemade anything, but mostly potatoes (mashed and au gratin in particular) and mac and cheese. We've made do with prepared stuff from the store that you heat up in the microwave, but it's just not the same.
8. Christmas cookies. I know I did a whole post about how I'm using this time as our chance to change our traditions and focus on Advent, blah, blah, blah. I know we'll make the cookies very soon after Christmas Day. Oh, but I love a Christmas cookie. I just plain want one.
9. Appetizers and desserts. During the last month and a half, I have been to Thanksgiving, scheduled to donate to two Teacher/Staff Birthday Celebrations, had one book club meeting, and gone to two parties. All of which I would have liked to take some yummy concoction. Unfortunately, I've either had to simply donate the plates, buy some weird thing from the grocery store, or show up empty-handed. Usually empty-handed. My friends don't mind feeding me, but I would like to be less of a heel and contribute.
10. All the yummy-looking recipes I've seen on other people's blogs. I don't get on Pinterest, but I swear that since I can't cook anything people have been posting the most delicious-looking recipes on their blogs. It's really starting to annoy me. Don't you all know that I'm living out of a crock-pot here? Save the good stuff until I can do something about it. Because you know I don't have a pen or paper next to the computer to jot down the sites to which I want to return. I used to have pen and paper. People about the same size as my children keep taking them. And when I'm all cuddled up under a blanket, catching up on my reading, the last thing I want to do is brave the cold of my house to find a pen and paper. So I don't. And I forget where I saw all of these yummy recipes. So they will never be made.
Um, just thinkin' off the top of my head, but could this be why Pinterest was invented?
Too bad I've sworn off the internet and its creepiness. Who knows what information the internet would learn about me if I started pinning things all willy-nilly. I don't want to find out.
And....back on track.
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Have a lovely day!