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18 April 2013 @ 12:24 pm
so. many. good. things.  

I keep finding recipes that look magnificent and discovering food sites that have all kinds of swoonable-looking meals. They’re evenly split between pure junk food and really healthy eating stuff, and I keep looking at the healthy eating stuff and wishing I would actually make these things (I’m far more likely to make the other stuff, because I love to bake, whereas I only tolerate having to cook).

And then I find Thug Kitchen (warning: this guy spews profanity left right and center. It’s obviously intended to be over the top offensive/funny, and it is, but it is Not For Everybody), which has such preposterously delicious-looking food, along with a huge dose of “you lazy cad, you could be eating all this great stuff RIGHT NOW” that it sort or gets up my nose in a “OH YEAH WELL I COULD BE EATING IT RIGHT NOW AND KNOW WHAT I’M GONNA THAT’LL SHOW YOU!” way. Which is, er, exactly what it’s supposed to do. I think I’ll go buy some sweet potatoes and pinto beans and make his tacos (that’s one of the, er, less offensively worded recipes)…

I will, of course, probably have to get the pinto beans at the awesome indoor market on Moore Street that has…world food, for lack of a better description. I mean, it’s where I found black beans recently (sing, choirs of angels!), and it’s got more kinds of rice than I knew existed, and flours, and a lot of East Asian (see, I’m becoming more this-side-of-the-pond, using “East Asian” instead of “Indian subcontinent”) foods, and wide varieties of fruits and vegetables that I don’t even know what they are, much less what to do with them, which makes me want to, y’know, LEARN what they are and what to do with them.

Anyway, I’m sure it can’t be any more difficult to make fresh interesting food than to cook anything else, but I need some kind of plan of attack, because I don’t tend to have the lovely interesting things that many of these appealing recipes call for on hand.

I don’t know that I’ll get any farther than wisting about all the good stuff I’m not making, but man, wist! :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Alix (Tersa): Good Eatstersa on April 18th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
I don’t tend to have the lovely interesting things that many of these appealing recipes call for on hand.

One thing I found is that when you start cooking with the lovely interesting things regularly, you tend to go through them enough that you'll keep them on hand. :)

I wish you the best of luck on your cooking endeavors! *salute* And I look forward to a recap of what you decide to make. :)
kitmizkit on April 18th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
One of the problems is I buy too many of the lovely interesting things in advance, then don't get around to cooking them, thus leaving me with sludge in the fridge. I apparently really kind of need to Go Forth On The Day and Get The Stuff to Cook Tonight.
Alix (Tersa): Good Eatstersa on April 18th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
There's that, or you could try to start small. Pick one day where you're going to Try Something New, go shopping that day, and then another day the next week, until you're in the habit...

...and if you get the hankering to do it two days, you could then Go Forth On The Day and Get The Stuff to Cook Tonight.

Baby steps, right? :)
kitmizkit on April 18th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
*eyes you* That sound suspiciously like Good Sense. We cain't have none a' that round here. :)
Alix (Tersa): Good Eatstersa on April 18th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Good sense, maybe, or the habit I'm trying to get/stay in so I Know Of What I Speak. :)

God knows I'm not perfect with it, but hosting Movie Nite every Wednesday (and having a deal with zdashamber to feed her dinner in exchange for the trek she has to make to get to it) gives me external motivation.
Flitterbyflit on April 18th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
I do this too! So... baby steps helps there. Or starting with the dishes that require lovely interesting things to have on hand that keep well. (Mushrooms can last an absurd amount of time in the fridge, and shallots can hang around for weeks.)
desperance: lukedesperance on April 18th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Really. "East Asian"? My knowledge of geography is sparse, but from wherever I have sat, the Indian subcontinent looks to be west of most of the rest of Asia...
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on April 18th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
I am with you on baking vs other forms of cooking., But bread can be healthy, and is fun to make.