“Make your own supper tonight,” I said, after a brutal and exhausting evening game of floor hockey. See, this is why men and women are different when it comes to food. I teased my boyfriend that he likes taking shortcuts, i.e. buying guacomole and salsa to make a chicken nacho dish. On the other hand, I like to try make mine from scratch as much as possible (on days I feel industrious). (Okay, I’m guilty of taking short cuts on occasion.)
His comfort food: PB & J sandwich.
Mine was easy and healthy to make; it just took longer. All you needed was any vegetables, light cooking oil and a teaspoon of few herbs. Mine happened to be this:
Garlic, potato, olive oil butter, rosemary for the potatoes; carrots; tomatoes, basil for the tomatoes; bell pepper of choice; salt and pepper to taste. Optional: Eggplant. I was meaning to include it for this stir-fry salad, but I didn’t have enough time to salt the eggplant. Especially, not when it took 5 minutes to finish a PB & J sandwich.
- Peel carrots and potatoes. Dice garlic and slice washed vegetables.
- In a skillet or griddle, fry the potatoes in melted olive oil butter (about 1/2 tbsp for 2 small potatoes). Sprinkle with 1 tsp of rosemary.Slightly season potatoes with salt and pepper. When potatoes are turning light golden brown, add other vegetables and cover; add tomatoes and basil last. Let simmer at low heat.
- When carrots are tender enough, add 1/2 tablespoon of virgin olive oil and stir.
Cooking for one person is not as daunting as it seems. You’d just have to be creative — make something out of nothing! Start your food adventures by buying any fresh ingredients, connect with good friends and great recipes.
Men are much simpler when it comes to food. Women… we love the little details. That’s why we indulge in Christmas baking. Less than 30 days to go! I have all day today to pick which recipes to work on — baking begins tomorrow! Also, the recent acquisition of bread flour would mean fresh home-made bread. More to come… Stay tuned.