So it’s been a while. And I know people have requested more. And it’s not like I haven’t been cooking, I just haven’t made anything not from a box or I forgot my camera and to take notes for the blog.
I’m not going to offer excuses, I’m just going to dive right into this!
So, I haven’t been feeling too hot lately. I’ve been feeling sluggish and not up to my regular energy levels and, trying to find the source (because I wasn’t sick or anything) I reviewed my past few meals. Needless to say, they are embarrassingly college-stereotypical. No ramen, but almost no vegetable or fruit in sight.
No wonder I was feeling so sluggish!
I often pride myself on having a pretty balanced diet, including some sort of vegetable in most meals.
Obviously I had to rectify this problem.
So I immediately rushed out to get the ingredients for a recipe I had recently found: The Nesting Project’s Creamed Spinach with Sunny-Side-Up Eggs.
The ingredients were definitely more costly than I imagined, but what really pushed me over were the spices, which generally are on the costly side. If your grocery store has an ethnic aisle, look there first. Usually they have all the same spices for cheaper AND in bulk so you get more for less.
Money Factor: ~$20 (and this was me in a hurry, had I had time to gouge prices, I probably could have whittled that down)
Most Expensive Items: Thyme, Olive Oil (but these will last you for a lot more projects, so it’s not a hard sell)
I am going to open up right away and say that I made it a lot harder than it should have been. Due to my spontaneity, I didn’t get to sit down and make sure I was coming home to the proper, clean tools.
Still, I found what I needed and I started cooking.
And then… disaster strikes.
The recipe calls for pepper and I asked my friend to hand it to me. She asks me what kind and I stupidly respond it doesn’t matter. So she hands me a full bottle of pepper corn.
Now I thought that it was a pepper grinder, so I turned the bottle upside down and started to twist… the top off.
The entire bottle of pepper corn went into the spinach. We tried to get them out with a spoon but to no avail.
My friend and I looked at each other and shrugged when we saw that there was no way to extract all the pepper corns, and decided to just go ahead with the meal.
And with the proper side dish…
…we were ready to try the concoction.
It was really good… when we were able to get around the pepper corns.
So… we agreed to have retry. Tomorrow morning. So stick around for Cooking Experiment 3.5 for the “Eating” portion of this blog. :)
to be continued…