Friday, January 28, 2011

in which i lack nothing of any real import.

i'm finding it harder and harder to come up with fun, interesting things to say about cooking. i dont know how food bloggers do it. but they do, so good for them. and its because of a food blogger that i am doing this, so i guess they do really have a purpose that contributes to the greater good.

anyway, lets get the boring stuff out of the way and get on to the real reason anyone is reading this, the main event: the pictures. breakfast this morning was another morning of cereal, milk, and a fresh fruit (our fruit of choice is apples) except for that i ate my cereal out of a baggie on my way to work, i had a donut when i got to work, and i never got around to eating my apple...but its the thought that counts, right?

and just to keep the deviation streak alive, i went out to lunch at Fuddruckers and gorged myself on a 1/3 lb burger, fries, and washed it down with some rootbeer. my stomach didnt enjoy that little adventure in gluttony quite as much as my mouth did.

the menu for dinner tonight read something like this: elastic meatloaf with barley pilaf and white pearl onions, with oven baked green beans topped with chile-garlic viniagrette. well let me just tell you what all i DIDNT have in my kitchen tonight: an actual recipe for meatloaf (it was more of a guideline than a recipe), barley, chicken stock (in which to make the pilaf), white pearl onions, or a serrano chile.

what i DID have was some meat, breadcrumbs, and an egg, fresh green beans, garlic, salt, and red wine vinegar, and a rice cooker. so we had meatloaf a la a blend of the pseudo-recipe from the website and my mom's recipe as recalled by my dad, served on a bed of brown rice with a side of oven-baked green beans with an approximation of chile-garlic viniagrette. and we liked it just fine.

maybe someday i will find some barley and take the time to cook it. but that time is not now, because i think my time tonight is better spent sitting in front of the fire with my glass of wine and my husband until the fire burns itself out, then watching Despicable Me and laughing until my face hurts. yeah, i like that plan a lot.


Minnie said...

look for barley in the aisle with rice and dried beans(thats where it is in my grocery store)

Abi said...

I too am using barley this week. It took me three trips up and down each isle to finally find it in the rice and beans aisle. Let me know how yours turns out. I have another recipe for you if you want to use up what is left of the barley when you are done.
ps. and you can use your crock pot :)