I became a vegetarian for political reasons at 14, so I had to learn how cook that diet cheaply since we were poor.
I love feeding people.
I think food is an evocation of love for many folks.
I haven't been able to cook since I was paralyzed.
I miss me cooking.
I've been working with the physical therapist on ways to adapt my environment so I can cook paralyzed.
I get exhausted quickly because I also can't breathe(thanks #cancer).
But I have been thinking about this for a while.Months.
My back up is a spinach/potato/leek frittata with braised baby carrots w/grilled tangerine. That's something I can make in my sleep.
So I am trying not to be afraid of the logistics and the stove and fire.
And I have to accept that it might not work this first time.
#CookingWhileParalyzed is probably going to be a process.
And there's always that Instant Pot with no fire. But I'd love to make a meal for The Wife. 🍽🍾🥂
Prep may take me down, but we are doing this!
The ingredients are: onion, russet potatoes, yellow squash, baby spinach, brown cage-free locally sourced eggs, butter, cheeses--parmesan ends and sharp cheddar. Large skillet with lid.
Slice up everything very thin: onion, potatoes, squash.
Melt 2tbs butter in pan.
Slice up the squash.
Be sure It's very thin.
Taste your potatoes to make sure they are nearly soft. Add the squash.
This serves four so, you want 4 potatoes, 2 small squash, 8 eggs, two handfuls of baby spinach wilted and torn up.
So I just started to cry, because I am really exhausted and it's hard to breathe. The Wife offered to finish this, but I am doing it.
Add the spinach to the pan. Lightly pepper the top.
Add the eggs, which you have lightly beaten with a touch of Tabasco, because you lived in Louisiana for a while. Do this hotter or less hot according to taste.
The cheese I am using is a Mexican blend of mild cheddar, Monterey Jack, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero. It has a little bite.
After the cheese is in, cover it till the whole thing sets with the cheese melted.
Finished it should look like this with the sides looking just a touch brown and coming away from the pan.
Well, not 100%, but a solid B+.
It should be more browned on the bottom--I didn't use enough butter. But The Wife just tasted it and declared it delicious.
So---yay! I did this. First time cooking since I was paralyzed.
Much harder than I expected.
In future I will need to space out the prep from the cooking.
But it's really good, so even though the final slice isn't gorgeous like I'd hoped, it tastes fabulous. Serve with a glass of chilled white or some zinfandel and some bread.