Jon and I both cook. We like to eat good food, and we don’t mind spending time in the kitchen putting it together.
The problem is, we can’t ever think of what to make. So, right now (as I type this, ADD-style) we are trying to come up with meals for the week.
To accomplish this task, we have a notebook and pen, the Better Homes Cookbook, an orange cat (he supervises) and two laptops.
We have come up with and rejected several meals, mostly because Jon will say something like, “Is there anything in particular you’d like to eat?” and my responses always revolve around cheese, beef or candy, and we don’t want to eat any of those for every meal (well, one of us doesn’t) on the basis that it is unhealthy in large doses. (Well, one of us thinks so.)
We have rejected chili, bacon-wrapped hamburgers, taco pizza and something in our slow-cooker. Also, every couple of seconds, I get distracted by something more interesting, and Jon breaks out into song or goes to get something in another room. We are further delayed by the fact that I am checking my tweetstream and writing blog posts while we are having this discussion.
So, after a great deal of discussion, we have decided on meatloaf and turkey burgers for two meals, and I’ve loaded the grocery list up on fruit and dairy and other weird things I’ve been craving lately. Yes, dairy is a weird thing to crave, because I believe that milk is the enemy and should be shunned whenever possible.
Oh My God, What About Tomorrow?
Although today’s crisis has been averted, does anyone have any suggestions for good places to find ideas on what to cook?
Online food databases are great if you have a specific recipe in mind, but if you’re going in blind, you end up making horrible soups and someone’s misguided attempt at a casserole. Recipe books are good, but unless you enjoy leafing through them at random, they are not very helpful for coming up with ideas.
What I’m looking for is a list of fun things to make. Ideally, a list that excludes chicken, fish or lentils, because they are shifty foods and not to be trusted. Suggestions appreciated!