There are myriad perks to being a writer. One of them is being sent random things in the mail from PR people trying to woo you to cover their products/services in your publication. Since I writer for a parenting magazine, this often means Dora the Explorer DVDs, Hello Kitty lunchboxes, Star Wars workbooks and the like, but sometimes we hit the jackpot with something age appropriate. And that jackpot is usually food. Our deputy editor recently received samples of HelloFresh food boxes: recipes and the exact ingredients the call for, in one box, delivered to your door (or to your office, as the case may be).
So I’ve noticed after undertaking this one-real-recipe-a-week challenge that I’m accumulating a lot of ingredients that I don’t use in my typical, day-to-day “cooking” that are likely to sit on my shelves until they go bad—or I need the shelf space—and I end up throwing them away. But groceries, especially in New York, are expensive, so this week I chose something that used a few ingredients I already had on hand, and that didn’t need a baking dish (finally!!!)
I need to buy a baking dish. Or I need to read recipes more thoroughly before I buy all of the ingredients so I don’t get all prepared to make something and then realize it’s not stove top preparation like I assumed. There’s clearly no reason to wonder why I’m bad at cooking. This week’s challenge was Lemon Chicken Couscous, made on top of the stove instead of inside the oven.
July 29 is National Lasagna Day and I figured I might as well honor the “holiday.” So I made spinach lasagna rolls my way. AKA without all of the ingredients or right tools.