Before the pictures (I know, all you care about is looking at food, but it’s JUST TOO BAD), I would like to describe the benefits and disadvantages of this weekly project, so you know what I have to work with as well as what I’m up against. No secrets between me and you guys.
- I cook for two. Living with someone means you can’t just eat cereal for dinner, because that person will (1) think you’re a child, and (2) be hungry if they don’t want cereal for dinner. This encourages me to make what I will call food, as opposed to the less nutritious (but often easier to prepare) “food.”
- As a scientist, I am forced to admit the possibility that knowingly partaking of an “experiment” of any sort, even if it’s of my own doing and no one will know if I’m lying, will likely encourage me to make food (healthy food, even) more often than I otherwise would. This is called “the Hawthorne effect” in the world of epidemiology. You’re welcome.
- I have class from 2 to 5:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and workouts from midnight to 2 a.m. on those same days. This means making actual food will be constrained by time. I am guessing Tuesdays and Thursdays will involve lots of leftover pictures.
- I am lazy. I’m hoping the balance will be tipped in favor of making real food by impecuniousness.
Predictions (per week, average over the year)
3 homemade dinners per week
2 nights of leftovers per week
2 nights of food I didn’t make per week
Now, then. On to what you fervently pine for… the results of week #1!
Tuesday: Curry risotto
Curry risotto including arborio rice, olive oil, peas, kohlrabi, green beans, ground flax seeds, sunflower seeds, broth, and spices. Not pictured, also consumed: cornbread (homemade), 20 oz water, one Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.
Notes: can be vegan! (But this technically wasn’t, because I used chicken bouillon instead of veggie broth.)
Wednesday: Pork chops (and LOs)
Featured here, thin-cut pork chops I sautéed in balsamic vinegar with bell peppers, olive oil, and a dab of honey. Also pictured: corn bread (yes, again) and cucumber slices! Not pictured: Soda water! Yes, I drink soda water by itself. In my defense, I was a German major in undergrad, and Germans live on soda water.
Notes: In case you are not yet aware, pork chops or cubed chicken pan-cooked in balsamic and olive oil is DELICIOUS. I highly recommend either tossed with chopped bell pepper and noodles with a little olive oil, and maybe parmesan or fresh mozzarella on top.
Alright, I did not choose this dinner. I was at a family friend’s place where time spent together is much more important than food eaten. Not pictured, also consumed: A dinner roll, a big glass of H2O, and a pretty big salad composed of lettuce, broccoli, and croutons. Oh yeah, and chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting.
Notes: Stouffer’s actually was not half-bad (kind of salty, but hey, this is America). Also, this will probably be the last time for a few weeks that you see dessert mentioned on here. I LOVE food. I also happen to like what I make most of the time, so I usually don’t have room for dessert. That might surprise you given that half the recipes on here are for some type of sweet baked good. Probably because I like making desserts, even though I rarely eat them. Tonight, however, I had cake.
Friday: Lena (local Cubanesque place)
Fish tacos (beer-battered and fried) with beans, a little rice, cilantro, and Ecuadoran chimmichurri sauce. Mmmmmm. Not pictured, also consumed: The tiniest appetizers imaginable when divided up between 6 people, and a pot of tea because I am sick. Again. Also whiskey drank with friends at the bar afterwards.
Notes: Guys, Lena is good. If you live in Ann Arbor, it’s a great place to ask your parents to take you so they’ll pay for it. (Yes, in case you were wondering, I am 27 years old. Some people consider this too old to be scoping out restaurants to try to con your parents into buying you food at. Thankfully my parents are not those people.)
While I didn’t roll out the noodles and stuff them myself, I think this counts as homemade because I used three different pots/pans. Featured in tonight’s dinner is sausage ravioli with homemade marinara and parmesan cheese (not homemade), and steamed broccoli and carrots. Woo, vegetables! Not pictured, the enormous glasses of water I am using to drown my illness. We’ll see if it works.
Notes: It’s harder than you might think to remember to take a picture of what you eat every night. Also, why am I a terrible photographer? Things to think about…
Thanks for listening! (By which I mean reading.) Here’s to hoping I eat delicious things again next week and more of them are stuff I made! I guess we’ll all have to wait and see.