I love to cook. I love perusing cookbooks . . . thumbing through food magazines . . . even watching cooking tv programs (usually if I'm stuck on a treadmill at the gym). I love trying new recipes and I like to be fairly adventurous with my cooking.
One thing I rarely do . . . is go off the grid. . . and just . . . cook freestyle. Without a recipe.
But I really want to!
Tom and Brian had no end of fun-at-my-expense when I brought this cookbook home last summer.
I bought a book. . . to learn to cook without a book.
Anyway, this book is GREAT. It provides "formulas" for really tasty recipes that you can cook up using what's just . . . around. It includes step-by-steps . . . kind of like "training wheels" . . . to get you used to thinking about cooking without a typical recipe.
What it's done for me . . . is given me the confidence to just . . . step away from the edge . . . and cook!
Last Sunday, Tom and I were exhausted. Holidays. Sickness. Brian. Our cupboards were rather bare. We didn't feel like going out. But we were hungry. I checked through the pantry, and I found this . . .
A couple of onions. A jar of Kalamata olives. Leftover ham. A package of sun-dried tomatoes. A can of artichoke hearts. Pasta. A tiny little bottle of white wine.
And what did I do?
Off the grid -- with great results! (Who's laughing now?)