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27 January 2004 @ 01:07 am
Doing dinner  
Morna came over today to return a few books and hang out for awhile.

She made fun of my eating habits, and threatened to tell Akiko and Ashke about some of the things i've had for lunch/dinner so that they would harass me :)

So going by her advice i decided to make some nachos for breakfast/lunch, I was just going to have chips and salsa, but she wanted me to eat some protein. After failing to convince her that salsa has protein in it (damn nutrional labels!) we contemplated chips and salsa and peanut butter briefly, and finally ended up at nachos.

So i decided to be creative, well, relatively speaking, for dinner. Thawed out one of the mini-steaks and decided to make some mashed potatoes. I'm pretty sure i figured out how to make mashed potatoes over thanksgiving while visiting the San Diego people. The only thing that concerns me is that i remember there being salt involved at some point, and i don't know if that was for flavor or cooking purposes, but i don't have any salt, so...

I could have sworn i had a peeler around somewhere, but i couldn't find it when making the potatoes, so i used a small backwards curved knife that seemed to have been made for that purpose or something similar. Only managed to cut myself once, and it didn't bleed, so that's pretty good, right? :)

Started mashing the potatoes about the time i started cooking the steak. Mashed potatoes came out slighlty mushy, i might have added a little too much milk and ICBinB, but they tasted okay, so no problem. A little bland actually, so maybe next time i should add some more ICBinB, or try the salt thing. I also ended up with a bit more than i really wanted. Used three medium-small potatoes and had to cut out a fair number of spots, and since i was using a knife i wasn't doing a very good job of removing just the skin, so i expected to end up with less than i did.

I tried adding some blue cheese on top of the steak after i fliped it the last time, but it didn't melt very well. Maybe i should have taken it out of the fridge earlier.

Overall it came out pretty good. Had some iced tea i made earlier with it, Not sure how healthy buttery mashed potatoes and steak with blue cheese is, but it's probably healthier than the dinner that shall not be named that Morna was poking at me about :)

Oh, and kallah, that dinner took over an hour of wandering back and forth to the kitchen to make. Yes, i suck, but i still say making your own dinner takes too long :)
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kallah on January 27th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
You don't even have salt?

Putting the steaks under the broiler, presuming your oven has one, would probably have worked a bit better for the cheese.

And sure, it took time, but it wasn't that difficult and it was a better meal than the taco place.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on January 27th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
I agree -- don't even have salt?!?!?one?!? That's right there with pepper and butter for kitchen necessities. (And flour, brown and white sugars, baking powder, baking soda, yeast, and chocolate chips. You surely see where my prejudices lie.)

I have no experience cooking steak, but I put tuna under the broiler periodically (we usually only eat the stuff in summer and grill it.)

I've been trying to convince Ben (my husband & D's buddy from college) of the same thing recently. His idea of dinner is opening a box of mac & cheese and cooking it. That's at least somewhat better (and more economical in the long run) than Del Taco (ugh, all the grease!) Ben bitches about cleaning the damned bathroom because it takes too much time. (Well, it's also disgusting and unsanitary, and I don't want to shower in something dirtier than I am. This is the subject of many arguments.)

It really doesn't take that much extra time to cook. The long part in the above recipe was cooking the damned potatoes 'cause that can take half an hour if they're not cut into small pieces. And while that's doing, you can do other things, like prepare the other dishes. The great thing about vegetables like carrots is that you can peel and cut them into any shapes you want, then cover them with water in a container and fridge them for a few days. And if you do that on a day when you're not really busy, they're ready to go -- just drain the water.

Last night Ben and I made a soba soup, of sorts. Stirfry some mushrooms, carrots, green onions, and tofu, add broth and some seaweed, pepper, and soy sauce; heat until hot, then add cooked soba. Cooking soba takes 5 minutes. The whole process took about 20, maybe. If I'd been doing it by myself, probably half an hour, since I'd have to have had all the veggies chopped and ready before I started cooking.
May I suggest, Geoff, looking into Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals, either books or her food network show? She makes an entire meal -- salad to dessert -- in 30 minutes. It's *really* not that hard.
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 27th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
Um, salt, no. Pepper, definitely not (don't like pepper.) Butter, well, i have ICBinB :)Flour, no. Sugar, no. Baking powder, no. Yeast, no. Chocolate chips, no, unless i dig them out of the cookie dough :)

His idea of dinner is opening a box of mac & cheese and cooking it. That's at least somewhat better (and more economical in the long run) than Del Taco (ugh, all the grease!)

That's my idea of dinner when i'm feeling lazy :) The above is my idea of dinner when i'm feeling really productive.

And no fair! =P The reason why i like Del Taco is that it has about 1/10th the grease of the other fast food taco places. If you open up a Del Taco soft taco you see lettuce, and cheese, and ground beef. If you open up a Taco Bell soft taco you see lettuce, and cheese, and kind of gooey ground beef sitting in a puddle of grease. That's when i first decided to eschew Taco Bell in favor of Del Taco.

Mmmmm, soba :)

And 30 minutes seems like a long time to me when i can do cup of noodles or microwave something in five minutes :)
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on January 27th, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC)
I've never really liked pepper, but it definitely adds something to recipes. I don't add it to food on my plate, though.

Read the labels on the amount of sodium, fat, fiber, and cholesterol.

(If you ate whole grains, broiled or baked meats, and veggies, and added a short walk every day, I bet you'd lose that weight you complain about. My problem's the exercising part.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 27th, 2004 03:02 pm (UTC)
I thought i might have some salt, but if i did, i have no idea where it wandered off to.

What's a broiler?
kallah on January 27th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC)
A broiler is an oven component intended to cook food quickly by exposure to direct heat. An electric oven usually has a broil setting (and the broil components at the top of the oven), gas stoves usually have them as a compartment/drawer under the oven.