Monkey makes a mess in 2019
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Since it's just the two of us meals typically have at least 2 nights of leftovers, more often 3, and rarely there's even 4, so usually only 2 meals are made per week; so, while I'd love to go for one new recipe/week, I think every other meal would likely be a bit of a stretch. So I guess I will shoot for one every 2wks instead, and if I manage more, yay! and if not, still on track! haha. I may also post the first time I make the "standard rotation" meals this year that are a little more worthy of note than, say, the veg, Quorn, tomato sauce, and pasta meal we had the past few days. ;P I will try to remember to take pictures, but especially during winter that can be a pain, with it being dark out and our warm yellow lighting, lol. But we shall see!
In addition to the dinners, I think I'd like to bake a dessert ...hmmm... let's say once a month? 12 seems so very small :( but, my husband isn't really much for sweets, hence my lack of ever baking, which makes me sad as I love a good dessert and they're so satisfying to make and have come out well! So, forget him, I want to make yummies! XD
I also like baking a good dessert now and then. My problem is getting the thing eaten before it isn't good anymore. Tends to make me eat more of it than I should. I try to save the baking for when there will be people around to eat it.
Hahaha well one of the big things is either cooking it all in the morning or afternoon, and/or having a whole lightbox setup, neither of which am I about to do! So until around summer any photos of dinner will be rather yellow looking, even if they'd otherwise look somewhat decent. xD
Meanwhile, to help facilitate cookbook usage, I am going through them and writing out a list of the recipes (pg, what sort (meal, side, sweet etc), and title) that I think would work well for us, to stick in the front. So then I can just pull out a book, peruse the list, and pick something, no fuss! I finished with one of the larger ones so far, and am currently working on one that MJ sent me. :D I probably won't get through too many right away, will get bored, haha, but I'll do at least a few before setting it aside for a later date. :)
My bread machine was a freebie which came with no instruction manual, so I downloaded a PDF onto my laptop. I didn't want to print it out, but it's a pain to have the laptop in my micro-kitchen. So I hand-copied the ingredients list for the ones I make most often (for both full-sized and smaller loafs) and tuck those into a plastic sleeve, too.
If it's a familiar recipe I can't resist messing with it, especially with breads. I'm trying to get back in the habit of writing down what I changed and what I thought of the results. Yesterday I made a pear and cranberry crumble using a halved recipe for an apple cranberry crumble I printed out from the NY Times years ago. I wrote down what I changed (and what I forgot -- the lemon zest) and a little review of the results. That slip of paper is now in the page protector along with the original printout.
Sometimes I highlight recipes I've used in the index of the cookbook, but mostly I use sticky notes to mark the pages.
1. did the recipe title sound good. yes, continue / no, find another.
2. did the recipe have unicorn ingredients. no, continue / yes, find another.
3. did the recipe make more than 8 servings. no, write page and name on my little notepad paper (smaller than a 3x5 US index card) / yes, find another.
4. stop when notepad page is full
I figure if I try this with three cookbooks to start with, I might actually start spending more time in my cookbook collection! Now if I can just follow through with making those recipes to start with from the book...sometime this year. For now, I have to freeze and pantry cook. I need space in my freezer!
Edited b/c I'm a space cadet this week.
Ebay, freeze them, swap for say, Moth balls (Moth testicles - a great treat in Bhutan cooking) Why I can imagine many uses for Butterfly eyelashes...
Why, I would offer you 17...
ETA. I didn't know that they also came in Prime number packages.
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