You guys already know that I’m pretty much an idiot when it comes to any kind of cooking, but this weekend’s cooking extravaganza was klutz x2 when my sister Elana and I tried to cook mass quantities together. The thing is, we had to cook a TON of meals to freeze before little baby Lily enters the world because once baby comes home from the hospital, new mommies don’t have time to cook. I couldn’t let my sister starve or, maybe worse, eat gross Chinese and Mexican takeout!
On Friday I was so gung ho about the idea of this fun girls cooking weekend and we started menu planning and everything sounded delicious (I mean, we agreed to have chocolate chip pancakes for dinner on Saturday – yummy!). Then reality set in around hour two of being at grocery stores (yep, stores plural, since we had to go to several different ones to get our ingredients) that this was going to be a LOT of work. We tried to look on the bright side… Elana would have lots of good food to eat, plus how can you not have a good time when you find a potato that looks exactly like a duck?
So Saturday began the actual cooking and let me tell you, I never wanted to chop another vegetable in my life! My arm was actually sore… granted, I have basically no upper body strength so it doesn’t take much to tire my little muscles out but still. In total over the weekend we spent approx. 14 hours slaving to make food, food, and more FOOD.
List of foods made (and, since I’m nice, I hyperlinked a couple with the recipes so you can make them, too):
- Chicken Honey Nut Stir Fry – my personal new fave!
- Baked chicken fingers (We made our own amazing recipe – instead of using egg to make the bread crumbs stick, use mustard)
- Vegetable Lasagna
- Vegetable Ziti
- Tom Ka Gai Thai soup
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Fluffy pancakes (aka dinner break)
- Potato Frittata
- Salmon Cakes
- Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Turkey Meatballs
- Condiments: Mayo, Pesto
|Tom Ka Gai Soup|
- 3 plates: I claimed I was just trying to practice my juggling skills
- An egg: It rolled to its death from the counter to the floor
- A tub of Coriander: It was a huge tub. Possibly considered a vat.
- Flour: Allllll over myself and the floor (see picture below)
List of Things Learned:
- Never volunteer to cook again
- How to zest a lemon peel