Today’s Awesome was simple.
I cooked for myself.
I’m not sure what it is about having my own apartment (it’s my first!) but it’s making me want to get out all the pots and pans and make a big mess.
The history of my food preparation prowess is a slim novel at best. I never thought I’d like it. I used to detest the idea and figured that any future male would just deal with this (modern) woman.
Over the past couple of years I’ve taken a new liking to it and these days I find that it comforts, provides some zen after crazy days and allows me to keep track of the ingredients I’m putting in my body (some of the time). I also find it’s a great way to spend with oneself.
After an intense workout, I took myself to Wholefoods to experience one of the greatest parts of the cooking process: the grocery store.
In my opinion, the grocery store is like a toy store for adults. You no longer have to kick and scream in the aisles. Just take the Frosted Flakes (pay) and go home. Going in makes me giddy.
After much deliberation and in-store iphone googling, I decided on a fish and salad.
I picked out healthy ingredients that would also facilitate a post-thanksgiving cleanse (see my family’s ability to eat) and walked home anticipating the next two hours of chopping, boiling, sautéing and grating.
I purchased the following main ingredients:
- Radish bunch
- ½ pound piece of Mahi Mahi
- Also two jugs of pomegranate juice, sparkling water (my favorite) and babybel cheese (couldn’t help myself)
After unloading, I went to work taking care of the steps that would take the longest. I’ve found that cooking is really a lesson in time management. For example, boiling beets takes 45min-1hour whereas sautéing Mahi takes about 20 minutes. And no one wants cold Mahi.
Therefore, the beets were up first. I trimmed back the leaf stalks per instruction, and placed them in boiling water. Then set out to chop up the vegetables and dice garlic. I chopped the radish and cucumber and boiled and sliced the eggs.
At the 10 minute mark (on beet timer) I threw the Mahi in the pan as instructed with garlic, lemon and white wine (I drank some too). I peeled and sliced the boiling beets, made sure the Mahi was taken care of on both sides and arranged everything on plate (presentation is key!).
The entire exercise took about1.5 hours and was extremely calming.
I felt a personal sense of accomplishment. AND, it looked good enough to eat.
I think mom would have been proud.