The Crappy Cook Recipes
I’ve decided to share some of my cooking disasters and successes with you. There are a few details you need to know to understand why I cook.
First, I’m over fifty and a have a tendency to be on the plump side. I balance my love of sugar with my commitment to eat healthy. (I do Weightwatchers.) I am successful at this by allowing myself one day a week to eat whatever I want and not count points. That day for me stretches from Friday evening to Saturday evening.
Secondly, I have two children. Child #1, the Teenager, does not like any kind of sauce. (I suspect lactose intolerance. There have been stomach problems.) Child #2, the Young’un, is allergic to peanuts. You would be amazed at the food that have the words ‘may contain peanuts’ written on the label. And of course we have a peanut free house.
The hardest part of my day is deciding what to cook for dinner. I could make chicken Divan – that’s chicken and broccoli baked in sauce and covered with cheese. But the Teenager can’t digest the creamy sauce. I could buy lasagna and throw it in the oven. Please refer to Teenager’s – stomach problem and it probably has cross-contamination – see Young’un’s allergy.
So, more often than not I’m forced to actually cook. I love baked goods especially scones and biscuits, oh and chunky chocolate chip cookies, yum :) But I can’t find these products without some kind of Peanut contamination in my part of Canada. If I want to get up and have scones for breakfast on Saturday Morning, I have to make them.
Every so often, I will share one of my recipes - Just basic home cooked - nothing fancy. I don't do fancy. Don't be surprised if you know the dish by a completely different name. You know how it is; a friend recommends something or shares a recipe card. You write it down and amend it to your family’s tastes. Whenever possible I will share credit and acknowledge the creator. (With their permission of course.)
I would like to invite my fellow authors to share some of their favorite dishes and perhaps tell us about their work. So, from time to time, I will have guests visiting my kitchen. They will probably have a better grasp on how to use kitchen equipment than I do.
I want to leave you with a video from comedy group Women Fully Clothed. In less than three minutes these women have summed up exactly how I feel about cooking Dinner and why I’m such a crappy cook.