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September 30th, 2012Leave a commentGo to comments

OK, the earth remains solid under your feet.  But, since cooking for myself, it wasn’t something thawed.  When Mom started failing, I cooked for her every day.  You need to do that to stay up on the game.   These days the stove gets turned on mostly to make a grilled cheese. Pathetic!

I have never been a fan of cookbooks.  People seem to love them on QVC.  Why? I have no idea.  The only cookbook I ever found worth a damn was the one Julia did with here original PBS serices.  And, I was young.  OK, if I am baking the cookbook is open — Mom’s Betty Crocker — with broken spine and with soiling from hell many decades.  My normal style is to look at what’s lying around and trying to figure out what won’t have folks shoving a finger down the gullet.

Yesterday, early morning, I went to the store.  Opens at 6 A.M. and I was there well before 7.  It is a popular spot.  Lines etc.  Had the place almost to myself.  (Yes, I used every coupon on the front page; typically when the clerk asks, “Any coupons?” I am embarrassed.) Why hadn’t I figure this out sooner?  Anyway, they had hamburger on sale.  It was a buck-79.  But it was 5# minimum and 73-27.  That’s Fhat!  No burgers or meatloaf with that crap.  But, it was “a buy” that I didn’t pass up.

They also had mushrooms on sale.  What is it with mushroom prices?  The darn fungi live on horse shit.  Horse shit must have rocketed in price.  I guess that is true because Sparky got an ad.  Anyway, what do I do with this newly won bounty?

I had some German-Polish-whatever noodles.  You know the ones; these made the Kluski ones only for wimps.  They are the stick to your ribs version of noodles.  So, that was the basis for a big pot … damn big … of something remotely like a Stroganoff. Michelin won’t be sending me a star; but, it wasn’t half bad.

Half the meat; couple of onions; garlic; Madeira,  hot sauce, couple of bay leaves and some Balsamic.  OK, I threw in a can of cream of mushroom — shoot me.  Also some hot sauce but got the pepper grinder going too.  Added water and cooked for a bit with some Worcestershire thrown in.  Salt to taste and it was ready for the “noodles/spatzle/whatever” to hit the broth.

Didn’t turn out half bad.   Now, what do I do with a dutch oven that is close to overflowing?  That is the rub in a one person household.  I never learned to cook for one.

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  1. Spot
    September 30th, 2012 at 12:06 | #1

    Freeze the rest in portions. Winter’s coming and it’ll sound good again about then.

  2. September 30th, 2012 at 14:11 | #2

    Ahh, another series of mystery freezer packages might be in the offing.   Thanks for adding excitement to my life, Patrick.

  3. Spot
    September 30th, 2012 at 14:15 | #3

    Well, if you’re looking for excitement, don’t skim off the fat that rises to the top after it cools down.

  4. September 30th, 2012 at 20:54 | #4

    Cooking for one is a bitch.

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