He gets burgers, and I get steak. Damn good steak at that. Still in Boulder.
Nov 15, 2014
I think she liked my okroshka. I know this because she tried to steal the sausage from my bowl.
Also: don't ever cut up the pieces this big. They're supposed to be like a third of the size at most. This is where laziness did not pay off, and apparently I didn't know any better.
I don't think anybody knows how to spell this right. In Russian, голубцы. And to be honest. That's not really what this is.
Just diced cabbage, ground beef and rice, and some tomatoes.
It worked out well. I added some BBQ sauce (just a touch) in addition to standard spices (salt and pepper).
I wish I remberee the combination of spices I used! It turned out simply perfectly. But of course, as usual, I just opened up the pantry and mixed things as I felt like it. There was some smoked paprika; a little lemon pepper; a little steak seasoning; and maybe a touch of garlic salt. Whatever it was, it worked. Although the most important part is the "slow-cooked" - no spices in the world will help keep the meat soft and juicy like actual slow-roasting will.
One day, I felt like making okroshka (окрошка). So I did. It takes a while, between cutting up the ingredients, and cooking the ones that need to be cooked (and then cut). But it's one of the most satisfying meals on a hot summer day. Served with watered down buttermilk (else it's too thick). Dozens to hundreds of recipes online; mine depends on what's in the fridge that day. I don't do it often, but looking at it now, I'm starting to crave it again.
Your basic stew with beef and potatoes. I thickened it up with some flour, added flavour with pickles, and, to be honest, closely followed a Russian recipe online. It wasn't all that basic. I hate following recipes. The result was good, but cutting stuff up while looking up details on my phone withy filthy fingers was just annoying. Also, did I mention I hate recipes?
I do recommend a recipe when using more than two or three basic ingredients. For example, when is it best to add pickles or potatoes in a stew? I've no idea. Depends on the stew and the other ingredients.
But I still hate recipes.
I just wanted to make zucchini. And next to it is spaghetti squash with some vegs. I'll be honest, it was a boring meal. Not enough flour and eggs for the zucchini, and I can never figure out how make spaghetti squash not to taste like grass. I think I'm not baking it long enough. I guess, basically, this meal is too complicated for my 15 minute rule, since squash takes ages to cut, ages to cook, and then some more extra years to scoop it all out, while ridiculously hot. I like it, but bah. Too much work.
With a sick husband, I was trying to cook foods that were easy to eat with only a fork, and without needing to chase them around the plate with one hand. Plus, I wanted the food to be healthy, and delicious, to pick up his spirits.
My husband was sick and got this as a get-well gift.
I've never tried these things before, and I gotta say, they were awesome. This bouquet lasted a few days in the fridge. The apples and strawberries were great, but the chocolate covered pineapples were a bit weird. Also, it turned out that's way, way too much for two people.
If you're ever ordering one of these, feel free to go with a smaller bouquet, especially if someone is in a hospital and has no fridge, and probably has a poor appetite, too.
It worked out well. I like the part where you buy the meat pre-cut, put in on the stove with some random spices (ie BBQ sauce), and leave it there for a few hours on low heat, and then, magic! Just don't forget to throw in some (pre-cut frozen) veggies.
I uh, I made bacon. I kind of felt guilty about it a little bit, but geez, it's amazing. Also some kind of pre made pasta. I never like the taste, I find the meat tastes chemical-ly and same with the cheese. Actually, I find the whole thing fairly gross, but it makes for a decent meal when you really, really don't want to bother. The bacon, of course, made everything better.
I had been craving ground beef for some strange reason, but the place near my house kept not actually having any (I also only buy extra lean). So when I finally got my hands on some, I went a bit overboard. There's rigatoni pasta at the bottom of this, and havarti cheese on top.