This week I tried my hands at something new…cooking. Before you begin getting all judgemental because I have a family and should know how to cook, well I do. I’d like to think it’s evolved from my college days, as early in my friendship with my now husband I explained, “I’m not sure if I’m the best cook but hey…I like it, hope you do too.” Turns out unless he’s lied for 11 years and counting that he didn’t mind it at all. Well, all except my take on vodka pasta with ricotta cheese and shrimp, he told me that it was horrible after I slaved over a tiny toaster oven 7 months pregnant (and it was) but you don’t tell your pregnant emotional wife that but I digress. Working at a boarding school or just having days off and working nights makes it difficult to prepare meals if you don’t have the forethought to prep them. I’m not a “meal prepper”, I’ve seen the pictures on Instagram and videos on YouTube with those that are about that life and think to myself gosh that’s cool but I’ll pass. Some days I want to pay someone to do it for me then I remember that those coins are best spent elsewhere and the thought passes.
With my husband now back in school and no longer having to run to the city as I used to, it seems I have more time on my hands. As I’m developing my “next”, reworking this blog, and trying to fill up my time I’ve decided one of those days will be dedicated to creating dishes from Pinterest that I’ve saved. There was a crockpot honey garlic chicken recipe that had my mouth watering in the morning on Monday! I thought to myself, “I’m going to the store and purchase those ingredients stat!” When Tuesday rolled around my enthusiasm was curbed and before you know it, I was on the couch reading a book. It wasn’t until I became hungry that I remembered and so I started taking out ingredients to use in my crockpot.
1. Chicken thighs (check)
2. Honey (not enough)
3. Fresh garlic (all out)
4. Onions (out)
This recipe is looking bleaker and bleaker gosh! Anyway, I went online to one of those build a dish from ingredients you currently have at home websites, everything it populated was mouth- watering yet each one I lacked the full list of items. I then decided to use what I have and call in the flavor cavalry (my father) for seasoning advice, he suggested that I blend both curry and ginger together instead of just using one. Here’s what I came up with.
Curry Ginger Chicken w/ Mushrooms in Butter Sauce
Total prep to late time: 40 minutes
2. Curry, ginger, garlic and onion powders
3. Sea salt and cracked black pepper
4. 1/3 stick of butter
5. 1 container of mushrooms (sliced)
The funny thing about this dish is that it was the sequel to my original dish I was preparing the one I originally tried to put together with ingredients from home after not buying what I needed for that tasty Pinterest dish I saw. That dish that ended up being a chicken and couscous eye sore still taste pretty good, but my lunch above stole the show so I dare not post pics of anything incomparable. If you decide to make this dish comment below.