Still I cook

A blogger I follow has beaten me to a review of Jonas Jonasson’s Hitman Anders. So. I will just post about the meals I have been preparing for the past month.

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Chopped and cooked these veggies for our breakfast yesterday

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Finally fried the last of the bacons we bought in Germany last August

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Don’t they look tempting?

Truth is, I have been detesting my role as cook. If there’s one hat that I want to fling away, it’s the chef’s. With my kids now in vacay mode, being chained to the kitchen preparing meals has started to grate on my nerves. I dunno. Could it be related to that midlife event starting with the letter M? Maybe. Maybe not.

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When imagination is far away and the health-conscious kids are demanding vegetables, there’s always Knorr soup to the rescue! Yep, I sometimes use soup mixes with MSG even though the hubby’s system cannot tolerate it – just to make veggies palatable to yours truly (the older kids have no problem). Except for the pechay leaves, you can’t see what I tossed in this photo but look below …

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That’s sea bass fried in onions and oyster sauce. It’s the second time we ate sea bass (knowingly, duh!) First time was when I bought it unknowingly at the fish market and tossed it into a sinigang soup to make a quickie dinner.

Someday, I swear, I’ll compose verses along the likes of Maya Angelou’s famous poem. Right now, though, I can’t. Because. Still I cook.

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Those quail eggs came from our backyard farm. This dish, btw, was finished in one sitting.

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The hubby got sick this November so I prepared tinola – aka as chicken soup – several times this month.

 

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I’m so thankful that my kids eat veggies plainly cooked. These were not steamed – they were simply tossed into the Saladmaster and taken out when its vapo-valve system “chimes” to signal that the food is cooked.

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Before I slacked off (and before the hubby got sick) earlier this month: apple-carrot juiced in the Vitamix (on the left), coriander salad, carrot and cucumber sticks, fried tofu and lamb chops cooked in the pressure cooker

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The lamb chops inside the pressure cooker, they smelled divine!

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And now for dessert … or diet fare

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Felt lazy to come up with blueberry cheesecake (why does it get eaten so quickly?) and so I just mixed these with the yogurt and jam above instead of buying those small fruit-flavored yogurts in the grocery. Thanks to Jamie Oliver for this one!

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The end result (and the yogurt was already two weeks expired!)

 

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