For the first time in my life, I am experiencing the satisfaction that comes from having a refrigerator full of food that I made.
In addition to the hummus and Ful Mudammas that I made recently, I also have leftover orecchiette with broccoli and walnuts (yes, that's my favorite dish lately). I felt amazingly satisfied watching Avo pack lunch with food that I had prepared. It sounds corny, but it feels good to nourish the people you love.
I was planning to make Giulia Melucci's broccoli soup and Dori's moujadara (bulgar & lentils) today, but Avo said we should work our way through the food in the fridge.
Since it's raining out and I've already bought some ingredients, I may go for it anyway. I can't believe it might actually reach the point where Avo will have to tell me to take a break from cooking! Boy, have times changed.
Mujadarra can be made with either rice or bulgar. Here is Dori's recipe, which she made up herself:
1. Saute a thinly sliced onion in about 3-4 T olive/safflower/veg oil over med-low heat til carmelized (not burned), about 15 minutes.
2. Add in ... a cup each bulgar/lentils (you could do 1/2 cup lentils, too, which might be better)
3. Add in about 2-1/4 cups water (maybe 2 cups if 1/2 cup lentils; I just kept watching and adding water as needed at the end) and bring to a simmer, cover and cook for about 20 mins. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Yesterday, while walking through Prospect Park, I ran into two fellow moms I know from the neighborhood. We got to talking about cooking and they both confessed they've fallen into the old mac and cheese/chicken nuggets routine for their kids.
I started telling them about my recent experiences cooking and they seemed impressed.
"Seriously, just six months ago, I didn't cook anything. If I can cook, so can you!"
Suddenly, I'm like a recent convert to the gospel of home cooking. I want to share the good word with everyone.