Welcome to A Fork and a Bowl!
This blog will ideally serve three purposes:
(1) since I never write down any recipes and then forget what I’ve done later, hopefully it will encourage me to keep track of things I’ve cooked. I try to keep things fresh and different in the kitchen; this leads to a lot of what I euphemistically refer to as “winging it,” which in turn leads to a medium-sized mess and, sometimes, a modest level of success. So this blog will hopefully remind me of successes from the past—victories which I can emulate again sometime in the future.
(2) through my writing and recipes, I hope to give you ideas! Learning to cook and bake has been a painstaking process for me, punctuated by a series of tiny—but extremely helpful—discoveries. Not that I was the first person (nor will I likely be the last) to discover these methods, shortcuts, or flavor combinations, but figuring them out on my own has helped me develop a great deal. I hope that by sharing my thoughts with you, both of us will feel more comfortable being creative (and ultimately successful) in the kitchen!
(3) although I imagine it will be a grueling, feisty uphill battle, I hope to convince anyone who comes across this blog that cooking does not require a garlic mincer, a mandoline, a bronze ten-gallon soup pot, or even an electric mixer. Many delicious, delicious things can be made using little more than the tools available in the average college-dorm kitchenette—hence, a fork and a bowl. (I am not willing to forgo an oven or a stove, but don’t be surprised if I recommend trying some of these recipes over a campfire). One might say that I am only advocating minimalism in the kitchen because I don’t have an electric mixer, but let’s face it—I’m also too lazy to wash many dishes, so the fewer things I get dirty, the better.
I would be thrilled to have any suggestions or commentary on any part of my process and/or recipes, so get out your fork and bowl, and let’s get to work!