My Impromptu Lunch
All too often, people make too much out of cooking. It is a chore and something they do from a book. So today, you’re going to see an average day in my kitchen and how easy creativity can be. All of my meals today are impromptu, just a lesson in everyday how-to.
I got out of bed and turned the hot water on. I ground beans for 4 cups of coffee and put it in a French Press. The water came to a boil and I poured it into the French Press.
- 2 eggs
- 1 t. half-and-half
- 1/2 T. butter
In the meantime, I took a small frying pan and melted the butter. I broke the eggs and put a dollop of half-and-half in with the eggs. You can use other things, but I honestly like the fluffiness of the eggs with the half-and-half. I mixed them together with a fork. I then poured it into the pan, stirring periodically (but a lot).
I took a nap before lunch and I woke up wanting fish and straw mushrooms. So, I went and looked at what was available in my kitchen. I had a large piece of fish so I cut it in half. I preheated the oven to 375 and put the fish in a glass pan.
- 3 oz. fish (I used bass)
- juice of 2 small limes
- Sriricha Sauce
- Truffle oil
After placing the fish in a glass pan I squeezed the juice of two small lime and sprinkled a little truffle oil and Sriricha Sauce on the fish and spread it around.
In the meantime I brought water to boil. When it came to a boil I put the fish in the oven and the dry noodles in the water.
Leftover Mushroom Cream Sauce for Tomorrow
- Garam Masala
- 16 oz. can straw mushrooms
- 4 0z. cream cheese
- 4 oz. butter
- 5 oz almond milk
- 1 T. Cornstarch (heaping)
- 1 dollop water
- 1/4 package GF noodles
I took a small saucepan and threw in the butter, almond milk and cream cheese. Cook over low-medium heat. I then sprinkled some marjoram, rosemary, garam masala, and ginger. It was probably about 1/2 t. each. As I melted the ingredients I realized that the sauce would be thinner than I wanted. So, I took a small glass bowl and put a heaping tablespoon of corn starch in it. I put enough water to melt the cornstarch and when it was a smooth paste put it into the saucepan. The great thing about cornstarch is you can do things like this after the fact without it lumping. I then added the straw mushrooms.
When the noodles were done, I poured them into a colander and ran cold water (not a lot) over them. When the fish was done I pulled it out of the oven and put it on my plate. I then grabbed a handful of noodles and spooned sauce over it.
Note: When I reheated this the next day, I added a handful of grated cheese and baked for 30 minutes.
Total cooking, cleaning and eating time for everything was less than an hour.
- Red leaf butter lettuce
- green onions
- cherry tomatoes
- sunflower seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Olive oil
I broke up the lettuce, chopped the green onions, mushrooms and radishes and tossed the rest into a bowl. Voila! Dinner!
This is an ordinary day in my kitchen and it can be in yours too! Go forth and cook, having fun!c