Wow, trying to be a good student AND the most productive member of a 3-person tissue-engineering lab is… yeah. I’m exhausted. In fact, I’m probably sleep-typing this right now. Is having that ability a strength or a weakness?
Sunday: Sorry to disappoint.
I know you were hoping for another picture of Sunday chili. In fact, I DID eat chili Sunday night (the Superbowl without chili is just the Averagebowl, especially when I didn’t care that much who won), but I didn’t take a picture of it. You would’ve liked it. It was white chicken chili, which I’d never had before. Kind of like soup, but with chili flavors. Anyway, this is what I made for that party:
But that’s not all I ate…
Yup. More cake. Maybe I do eat dessert all the time and I just don’t notice. Something to consider.
Seriously though this party was full of delicious food, and I sampled everything, leaving me extremely full, which I usually try to avoid, but in this case quite satisfied.
Menu options included wings (spicy and regular) from some restaurant, aforementioned white chili, my taquitos (shredded chicken with sour cream, “quesadilla cheese” a la Kraft, lots of chili powder, and cumin), an enormous pan of homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, cornbread, and a lot of dessert options, sadly not homemade. As you can see, I went with the carrot cake.
Notes: I could have taken a picture of everything I ate, but my friends think I’m weird enough, so I just went with these two.
Monday: Homemade Soup — A Rarity
So I don’t usually make soup, and the reason for this is pretty straightforward: even if the prep is quick, it takes A LONG TIME for soup to become soup instead of just a bunch of ingredients thrown into a pot. Like, an hour and a half in this case. Ugh.
Anyway, this soup turned out to be delicious. I used broth I had saved from Sunday’s chicken-boiling exercise, and threw in maybe 3 ounces of red enchilada sauce (pro-tip: you can just stick the metal lid back on top of the can and throw it in the freezer for up to a month), an entire green pepper chopped up, a can of kidney beans, a couple medium-sized potatoes cubed, a cup of “crinkle-cut” carrots, whatever those are, a medium onion diced, and some chili, cayenne, chipotle, and cumin powders and a little dried garlic. The kicker is you have to simmer it for over an hour (I waited for half an hour to throw the green pepper in so it didn’t get overcooked), but it was delicious. As you can see, garnished with tortilla chips, sour cream (it turned out to be pretty damn spicy), and shredded cheddar. Mmmmmmmm.
Notes: I seriously don’t like celery as a flavor. I don’t know why. So I don’t put it in my soups, ever. But if you love celery, you could probably add some to this and it would be just fine.
Tuesday: More meetings
I can’t complain about meetings with free food, because I need to eat and, well, no prep time = wonderful everyone once in a while. So I had three slices of pizza. Mmmm. Cheese and processed meats.
Notes: After this meeting, I’m the new president of A2Ultimate! Can’t wait to answer so many emails!
Wednesday: Just as good the second time around
This week’s food-I-eat-as-quickly-as-possible-before-Ultimate is leftovers. YAY! This soup is just as good as it was on Monday, and the shredded cheese/sour cream/tortilla chips garnish remains a tasty addition.
Notes: This was a very big bowl of soup. On Monday we ate on the couch so we could watch the last episode of 30 Rock (it ended kind of oddly, right?), so we each had two half-bowls. This is a much more intimidating serving size, but definitely delicious.
Thursday: Winter dinners—shrimp and kale risotto
Risotto, with shrimp, kale, green beans, diced green pepper, dried hot peppers, and lima beans. Oh, yeah. And bacon. Not pictured:
Notes: Y’all, if there is one thing I’ve become good at over the years, it’s making risotto. This was the bomb diggity. And yes, I realize the 90’s are over. Don’t care. Bomb diggity.
Friday: TACO KING!
Tonight I had barbacoa (not pictured) and carnitas tacos from Chela’s, a relatively new local joint. It’s different from the place down the block (seriously, there are two good taco places in Ann Arbor, and both are far from campus and practically across the street from each other) in that their chorizo isn’t quite as good. The barbacoa is good, but the salsa isn’t NEARLY as good. Notice how the title of today’s meal is Taco King, which is actually the name of the place we didn’t get tacos from. That’s because the most important thing to me is salsa. And Taco King’s salsa turns out to be far superior to Chela’s’.
Anyway, tacos…. MMMMMMMMM!!!!
Saturday: MARDI GRAS PARTY!
Every year, one of my closest friends throws a killer mardi gras party. Some people wear masks, but everyone turns into a glutton for the evening and goes to town on the New Orleans-inspired menu.
This year, we had homemade gumbo AND etouffee (neither shown, both consumed), mac & cheese with bacon (pictured), HOMEMADE MACARONS (also not pictured), brownies, fancy cheeses, fresh veggies with homemade dip, bread, several specialty drinks, lots of local beers….
Oh, yes. And king cake (don’t eat Baby Jesus!). Of the raspberry AND cinnamon varieties.
Notes: This is always a great party, and 2013 was no different. I ate a lot. I drank some delicious drinks. I hung out with a few dozen great people.
Well, then. I guess that wraps up week six. Look for risotto recipe soon. I hope we have all come to appreciate how much better I am at photography now than I was a mere six weeks ago. This could be a useful exercise after all!