Sunday, November 9, 2008

Can you smell what the sedj is cookin'?

Since I've been at home a lot more, I have decided to grow up a little and start preparing more of my own food rather than eat fast food for lunch every day. Here are some of the food projects I've been doing. Note, they're not at all complicated or difficult, but this is not something I normally do so I thought it might be noteworthy.

Baked Potatoes: I've always loved baked potatoes, and I used to make them at Souper Salad when I worked there. Insanely easy, you just put them in the oven for a while, until they squish when you squeeze them. I've started picking up some nice, big potatoes and baking several at a time, then I heat them up and add sour creme, butter, cheese, salt and pepper. Sometimes I even cut up some chicken and put it on there. Next time I go to the grocery store I might pick up some broccoli and bacon bits as well. When I bake them I first rinse them and then I wrap the potato in aluminum foil. I tried putting some salt in there, like sometimes at the restaurant the outside of the potato is salty... but it didn't really work. Maybe I need salt that is less fine for that to work.

Burritos: I love Chipotle, and I've considered trying to imitate their burritos at home. So I picked up some tortillas, black beans, and hot sauce, cooked a little minute rice (with a little butter and salt), and made burritos out of it. Worked pretty well! Not as excellent as Chipotle, and I can't wrap a burrito all that well, but it's good. Also, I've been marinating chicken in some Caribbean Jerk sauce (kinda spicy), and cutting that up for the burritos as well. I need to find bigger tortillas or something though, because with the ones I'm using I tend to overstuff them, and I'd rather have 1 big burrito than 2 small ones.

Chicken: It's not new for me to be making chicken, but as mentioned above I've been using some new marinades. Caribbean Jerk is the first... today I made some Baja Chipotle flavored chicken as well. Normally I just cook the chicken in Teriyaki sauce with some garlic powder and maybe pepper sprinkled on top. This stuff I've been letting sit in the fridge for a day or two and it's been pretty good so far.

Cheerios and Peanut Butter: When I was a kid and we were out of milk, my sister and I would eat Peanut Butter with our Cheerios. I don't have any idea where that came from, or what possessed us to try it, but it's really good. Lately I've been eating Cheerios and Peanut Butter as a late night snack.

Lately I've had people over quite a bit - more people at a time, more often. I don't know if it's because I've got more free time, or if that's a coincidence. As a result I've been feeding people a lot, and it seems I go to the store all the time now. Everyone's been happy with the burritos so far, and of course potatoes are never bad for anyone!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It all sounds delicious.