First of all, let me clarify why this is Day 4 when I never posted about Day 3. Over Christmas break I continued my dinner challenge with my mom. We made chicken salad together and it went very well. Chicken salad is super easy and with my mom's help it came out great. But I've discovered something, chicken salad is not a favorite of mine. I didn't even finish my sandwich. I like it fine, I just don't really enjoy eating it. Along my blogging journey I've discovered that it's very difficult to write about things that do not excite me - so I am not writing about chicken salad. Sorry!
Ok, onward and upward!
I started by getting out all of my ingredients and then pre-measuring each item to make sure I was ready ahead of time. As I was looking at my list, I realized I had forgotten minced garlic. So - I used my first lifeline and called a friend. Mom didn't pick up, so I called Char, who also didn't pick up. Garlic is not a must-have for me, but since I had left out the onions I was worried that I would lose flavor. I called to see if it would matter that garlic was going to be left out.
Once I was finally ready to start everything went smoothly. It was really nice to be able to pour in whatever was needed and not have to worry about measuring when the stove was on.
Ya know how Tetris gets faster and faster as you play and you start to sweat and freak out? Yeah, that's what it feels like when the stove is on and I'm cooking. I start to panic that I'm running out of time and I won't get each ingredient in at the exact right time. Ya know, that is a perfectly accurate description of how I feel when I cook. Needless to say, I'll be pre-measuring from now on.
Also, a big high five to me because I unloaded the dishwasher while my risotto was simmering. Seriously, I was on fire tonight. Gordon would have been so proud. Gotta keep your station clean, folks!
I've said it once and I'll say it again - this was a wonderful meal. I'll just have to wait until I get my ticket to Hell's Kitchen to taste some real risotto, but this was a good substitute.
2 shopping trips
2 phone call
0 iPhone searches
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