Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Cooking Challenge 2010
Up until about 2 years ago I used to plan a couple of meals, but mostly I would go to the grocery store and buy whatever sounded yummy to me. I would have a wide range of meats, veggies and other odds and ends. I would just make up a creation every night. Sometimes it was meat and veggies and other times it was simply something that came to me to combine. At times, it was great and other times it was gross. Sometimes I randomly had everything I needed to follow a recipe and I did. It was fly by the seat of my pants cooking. I love to cook that way. I think it is fun and lets me make what sounds good at the moment. There are clear issues with this method and I found that in real life I don't always have time to be creative. I have to have dinner ready or ready quickly. I also found that it is cheaper to meal plan. For the most part, meal planning works really well for me. This week, however, I have decided to just create something from whatever I have on hand. I am going to try to use up random things in the pantry. It should be interesting. Right now, I have a Mexican casserole of sorts being made. Casseroles can be scary, but I was able to rid myself of several things in one meal. Anyway, should be a weird food week with each meal being a toss up between awesome and disgusting. There is no in between in my mind.