Friday, January 13, 2012

Lesson Learned

Cooking nightly is something that I've not done in a long time.  First of all, I never used to get home before 7 pm.  For 9 years.  If Kendall & Don wanted to eat before then Don had to cook.  So it just happened over time that Don did all of our cooking.  He's a fantastic cook, too!  But this detox was sending him over the edge.  The recipes were unfamiliar...the veggies they listed he had never heard of (delicata squash, anyone?).  I was coming home to a very frustrated husband.  And that was maybe day 2 or 3.  So I've been cooking all of our meals.  And I'm finding that I enjoy it...mostly, anyway.

I've been scouring websites ( is a favorite) & cookbooks (mostly Moosewood Restaurant New Classics) looking for things that a) fit the requirements of the detox & b) my family will eat.  The big challenge here has been finding things my family will eat.  Now that is a challenge!  The only thing Kendall has liked were the kale chips (which we already ate before the detox anyway...they're fantastic!) & the cashew cauliflower curry.  Not a single other thing.  My husband is not an adventurous eater & it's stressing him out.  He's become quiet & brooding.  All he'll say is "it's fine".  Just what every cook who just spent 1 1/2 hours in the kitchen wants to hear!  Woohoo!

Tonight I tried a Thai coconut soup & Thai style scallop packets.  I thought they sounded fabulous.  Mistake number one was having Don meet me at the grocery store on my lunch.  Mistake number two was letting him see how much scallops cost.  The recipe called for 1 1/2 pounds of scallops.  New Frontiers had  two kinds, large ones for $19/lb & tiny ones for $9/lb.  He got the large ones & damn near passed out when they cost close to $30.  Expensive, yes. Not to mention the other stuff we needed for the soup & the scallop packets.  Next thing you know we've spent $80.  Holy shit!!  I was not expecting that!

I come home from work & start making dinner.  It all came together beautifully!  These are the scallop packets before cooking:

They were good...a little bland.  The soup was much better when I added salt.  Kendall ate the scallops, which she had never had before, until they tasted too fishy.  Don said he liked it but I don't believe him.  I'm telling you, he's in a weird mood!  Definitely not worth $80.  (What the hell did I buy?!)

I'll chalk this one up to a lesson learned:  new recipes may not cost over $20 for the ingredients.  Period. 

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