Cooking makes me happy so I've been in the kitchen a lot this past week. And I've been adventurous! All the spring and summer veggies and gardening catalogs are inspiring me to get out of the winter rut; although, I can't say I'm sick of baking. Thanks to my best kitchen buddy, Zo, I will bake bread all summer long.
I love Zo.
I love bread. We buy our flour and yeast in bulk and never feel like we
are on a budget when the timer beeps and we get to eat fresh, hot
bread. It feels more like a gourmet splurge. Even after 2 years I
don't think it will ever get tiresome, that yeasty smell of rising dough
and then the overwhelming and entirely mouthwatering scent of bread
baking. We are like Pavlov's dogs waiting for the beep.
France is on my bucket list...not for an extended trip -even just a day
would do. I dream of sitting in a cafe and eating crusty bread and
exquisite cheese and drinking good wine. Someday. But I don't need
France to enjoy bread and wine. My kitchen can be a bistro anytime I
want. Thanks, Zo!
Yes, that is an apron. I love being a domestic goddess; plus, I'm a messy chef. It makes the laundry easier, less stains.
We tried a few new things this week. This is Baked General Tso's Chicken and Unfried Rice. It was awesome.
It was cheaper than the House of Wong down the street and we didn't get
sick from eating all of the grease! Plus, it was fairly easy to make. I
don't think I'll ever get Chinese take-out ever again.
I also tried some homemade fish tacos last night. Well, semi-homemade. Hubs came home from the grocery store with this the other night.
I laughed at him. He said they were on sale. I reminded him that we
don't even buy frozen fries and wondered how in the world I was going to
So, while the fish sticks were baking, I made a quick pico de gallo slaw and a green chili tartar sauce.
And in 25 minutes we had delish fish tacos!
When I asked Hubs how he liked them, he casually mentioned that they would be much better with blackened fish. Go figure.