Sick – but still cooking…

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I have not overcome my illness.  After going to school Wednesday and Thursday, I got home yesterday with a headache. an earache (not good), and a sore throat.  And with no Thursday night shows to cheer me up.  I stayed home today, and will go to a nearby clinic if I don’t feel better.

Last night, I made some shrimp enchiladas verdes – I had the recipe printed out at school, so I stopped at a Kroger on the long way home (via Roswell) to get the rest of the ingredients.  Can you believe they did not have any fresh corn tortillas?  They had every other flatbread known to man, though.  Yuppy hangout.   I bought a package of guacamole and some sour cream to garnish.  I sent my husband to the Mexican grocery down the street for the tortillas.

This morning, I didn’t sleep very late – I had to get up and take a hot, steamy shower to try and get my sinuses to drain.  That’s all I will say.  To the doctor tomorrow.

I have all of this veal that I have been stockpiling since there was a sale on it at Publix.  I was saving it to make a Catalonian stew involving amaretto cookies.  This morning, the theme was “things we can cook with only what we have in the house.”  I dug out some coconut milk, beef broth, canned whole tomatoes in basil, two potatoes, one onion, two shallots, two bell pepper (1 yellow and one green), the bunch of cilantro from last night, two lime halves, celery, crystallized ginger, peanuts, red Thai paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, mango chutney (I didn’t have any tamarind), and rice.

So, I decided to make some sort of Thai beef stew.  First, to the internet for some inspiration.   Here’s one recipe.  Here’s another.  And finally, for good measure, a Vietnamese beef stew.

Then,  I just chopped up all of the ingredients, sauteed the veal, pureed the pastes and spices, and popped it all in the crock pot.  I added the peanuts later.  It’s been simmering away all day.  I am going to try it on rice.  It may be a little too spicy – it doesn’t take much curry paste to  blow you away.  Anyway, spicy soups are supposed to be good for a cold.

After a rest, I decided to make a dessert.  Last weekend, I discovered that baked goods could be made without a mix.  That’s bad news for my husband and me.  Normally I have to go to the store before I cook something.  But, you know what?  If you have eggs, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and other basic ingredients, things like brownies can be made at home.  That’s what I made last week.

Today, I discovered that I had all of the ingredients to make Cajeta Pound Cake.  Yes, including a bottle of cajeta (Mexican goat milk caramel).  Instead of making one big pound cake in a bundt pan, I decided to use the two small bundt pans I just bought, along with the double heart pan, a 6 cup muffin pan, and finally, one of my 6 inch cake pans.  This recipe makes a LOT of batter.

This time, I decided to try something different and follow the recipe as closely as possible.  That meant sifting flour (I never sift), using a hand mixer for almost 15 minutes (ouch, my shoulder), and preparing most of my ingredients ahead of time.  I did add something different to the recipe – 2 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. ancho chile powder.

Everything came out pretty good – I may up the cinnamon next time.  I am working up the courage to try my beef stew.  It’s already hot where I am – we’ll see what happens.

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2 responses »

  1. Wow! That beef stew sounds absolutely delicious 🙂 This is the first time I’ve come across your blog…may I just say that I really like the way you write. It makes for a fascinating read, even for normally mundane topics like cooking dinner. Personally, I don’t own a slow cooker, but I’m reading in more and more places how it is really making a comeback. That being said, I’ve been hunting around for some possible slow cookers I could buy. Here’s a list that I’m currently looking through. Do you have any suggestions as to which might be the best? I’d be cooking mostly dinners for a family of four.

    http://wize.com/crock-pots-and-slow-cookers/for/meats/629

    Thanks! I really appreciate it 🙂

  2. You know, I really like Rival Crock Pots. I have one that is supposed to have a “timer” – but it is really just two times for low and two times for high. I would get a 6 qt. for a family, and eat leftovers or freeze them. There are so many websites out there for recipes. Have fun!

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