Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Eight Dishes I Hope to Master in the Kitchen
Happy Wednesday! Today, I'd normally join in the What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) link-up party with Jenn from Peas & Crayons, but this Wednesday, I'm going to take a slightly different turn. Partly because I haven't taken any food photos in the last couple of days (gasp!).
I love food. Up until I became a mother, my search for good food was limited to the food I could find eating out. I found it a hassle to try and cook for two people as I hated leftovers (I still do, although not as much), and it was difficult to find recipes that were designed for two. Cutting recipes in half wasn't always practical, and, honestly, pre-motherhood, I worked long hours and was barely home except for the weekends. My husband and I both ate our meals out at work and after work on the weekdays. We did some cooking on the weekend.
Now that I've been at home for three years, I've learned to embrace the quality of food made at home. Food made in your kitchen is almost always superior to the food you will find at restaurants (except maybe those 3 and 4 star restaurants where a meal costs a small fortune).
All the cooking I really know I've learned in the last three years. Prior to becoming a mother, I think my cooking repertoire consisted of frying eggs for breakfast, boiling pasta, and easy stir fries. I could also make a really basic spaghetti sauce and braised short ribs. I've since learned how to make some really great breakfast items, a decent salad, roasted veggies (so easy), a mean plate of spaghetti & meatballs, and a couple of other basics.
However, there are several dishes I want to get really good at -- as in, perfect the recipe, and know how to cook the dish from memory. After all, everyone has to have a few signature dishes that they're known for, right?
Here is my wish list for what I'd like to cook extraordinarily well:
1. Croissants (it's hard to find a good croissant in the U.S.)
3. Chicken noodle soup (I know, so basic, but I'm too lazy to make my own chicken stock)
4. Souvlaki (my husband is Greek)
6. Beef Bourguignon (tender beef, red wine, mushrooms -- my favorite comfort food)
7. Pizza (I know, another basic, and yet, we don't have it quite right yet)
8. Panna cotta (I've heard it's easy, I've just never tried to make it myself)
What dishes have you mastered in the kitchen? What dishes do you want to master in the kitchen?