Saturday, August 15, 2009

I Love Food and I Love to Cook



My mother hated cooking and turned the job over to me when I turned 12. The ingredients provided to me were canned, potatoes and meat, usually steak tough and filled with "gristle" which young jaws could not chew. I knew there was MORE - I ventured into baking - one time hiding a failed sponge cake with much fright thinking of the dozen eggs I had used for the doomed project. But pursue I did. I love the colors of cooking, of fresh fruits and vegetables, the tactile creation, the aromas, the tasting for that last bit of perfection. "H" wished for stuffed peppers - he bought home buffalo burger and the peppers. The fun began....

I was taking far too much sensual pleasure in the ultra sharp new knife I have acquired, the nutty smell of the brown rice cooking.....


The finis!

One to son-in-law, one to grandson, three to "H" and the pleasure of creation and a couple of tastes for me!

10 comments:

tshsmom said...

What a brilliant idea putting a slice of tomato on top so the rice doesn't dry out. I will definitely try that!!

I make myself a stuffed pepper whenever we have leftover red beans and rice. The guys don't like stuffed peppers, but I crave them sometimes.

I spy a Farmer Brothers spice container. My cupboard is full of them. ;)

Don't you just LOVE your smooth-top stove?! I ADORE mine!

Gardenia said...

Yes, I love my stove - so thankful for everything in my kitchen! I love stuffed peppers too -

WHERE do you get your Farmers Brothers? I'm getting low on some - and I have never found anything to match their spices at the price. I've gone on line, but no luck.

Gardenia said...

Yes, I love my stove - so thankful for everything in my kitchen! I love stuffed peppers too -

WHERE do you get your Farmers Brothers? I'm getting low on some - and I have never found anything to match their spices at the price. I've gone on line, but no luck.

Gardenia said...

Yes, I love my stove - so thankful for everything in my kitchen! I love stuffed peppers too -

WHERE do you get your Farmers Brothers? I'm getting low on some - and I have never found anything to match their spices at the price. I've gone on line, but no luck.

tshsmom said...

I get my Farmer Bros products through work. Email me if you'd like me to send you some stuff.

Wandering Coyote said...

Nice! I'm glad you grew to enjoy cooking rather than resenting it.

SME said...

I love the colours and shine of fresh veggies! I used to watch a Brit show called "You Are What You Eat", and the hostess would lay out all the fried/prepackaged foods that a person had eaten in one week, then lay out another table with all the gorgeous and vibrant fresh veggies and fruits they could have eaten. Quite a difference!

Milla said...

I'm coming to your house for dinner!
I'll bring the wine.

tweetey30 said...

I like those flat stoves to but I have a gas instead of electric so I dont know how well those would work here..The apt we lived in before the house had one because the stove we had went caputs on us.. LOL...

Gardenia said...

I tried to cook with gas at my mother's - forgot how powerful the flame is - - - then remembered how long it took me to learn how to cook with the flattop!