So as I’ve previously stated, I love to cook but hate cooking for myself.
But there are exceptions to this rule… glimmers of inspiration… moments of magic in the kitchen.
Usually these anomalies occur when I
a) have time to conceptualize and construct a yummy meal for myself
b) find a good recipe, good produce and a good location to cook.
A weekend trip out to my cabin by myself usually draws together the requirements above, culminating in something quite delectable, and reaffirming that yes indeed, I can cook. And more than that it reminds me that I do enjoy cooking and I’m not too bad at it either.
The last couple times I’ve been out there I’ve brought the oh-so amazing cookbook, How to Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking by Michael Psilakis. I’m officially obsessed with this cookbook. Absolutely everything I’ve made out of it has turned out to be spectacular – and let me tell you for a cookbook that’s pretty dang impressive. I think deep down I want to be Greek or well, at least from the Mediterranean region. Their food is just so fresh, yummy and makes my body feel good. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sauerkraut, bratwurst and lefsa (tributes to my german and norwegian heritage) but there’s just something about how the greeks use lamb, figs, fennel, olives, feta, and seafood… I’m making myself hungry just typing this.
The curious thing is this recipe I’ve now made for myself twice is, well a-typical for me in that its main ingredient is cauliflower – a flavorless vegetable I strongly dislike. But the way this one is prepared is pretty amazing, and quite simple.
The ingredients are cauliflower, spinach, shallots, capers, dried cherries, fresh sage, cinnamon and sea scallops. The recipe is designated as an appetizer for four, but I just divided it in half and had it as my entrée. Below are some photos of this meal I made for myself.
|The main ingredients minus the scallops and cinnamon. The key for this recipe is to have all your prep work done because the cooking process goes quite quickly.|
|Voila! You get this delicious meal to enjoy! Bon Appetite!|
|And boy was it tasty… can you say “cleaned my plate”?|
|And for dessert? Some fresh mission figs with vanilla ice cream topped with a balsamic glaze.|
|Now doesn’t that look good?! God’s so good to provide us with such amazing food/fruit to enjoy!|
|Well that’s all folks… the kitchen in the cabin is pretty ghetto, but it’s definitely produced some pretty wonderful meals.|
So for all of you singletons out there (or those who’re just plain tired of cooking day in and day out) I hope this inspires you to make a yummy meal too… even if it’s just for yourself.