It’s probably not a secret – and my prodigious girth would testify to the fact, should you see me in life – I love to eat. It is my favorite pastime, hands down. Cooking, not so much, but eating? Oh yeah.
Problem is, I have very … let’s say sophisticated tastes. I’m not easy to please. Obviously I don’t expect five-star meals on McDonald’s money, but I want things that are palate-pleasing and delicious. We eat with our eyes first, so if I can get attractive on top of great tasting, all the better. Of course, being out of work facilitates none of this, and being a low-paid worker when I am employed sort of keeps the higher-quality foods out of reach.
Another problem with good eats tends to be prep time. The more effort required, the less likely my beloved wife and I are to be interested in doing it. Slicing, dicing, pre-cooking, simmering, boiling, blanching, blah-blah-blah’ing … no thanks. The prep work, I’ve found, is the greatest deterrent to cooking for me. Interestingly, I used to think that was the part I love the most. I figured out otherwise today, just a little while ago, while making myself an omelet. The omelet, by the way, is one of my favorite comfort foods, especially when prepared by someone else for my consumption and made to my specifications. Love them … loaded with bacon, peppers, cheese, scallions, maybe some jalapenos if life and tummy allow … oh, man. Nothing tops my morning quite as well.
Anyway, my wife made nachos the other night. Excellent, by the way, and beautifully presented as well, so I made a glutton of myself. (Big surprise there, eh?) Left over we had diced tomatoes, a few chopped scallions, the remainder of a can of sliced black olives, and a couple of packets of shredded cheese. I used these ingredients – along with the open jar of salsa – to make the omelet, and topped it with salsa. Dee-licious. And very quick to make and easy to clean up, which is awesome. Awesome.
So, I need a couple of things to make eating more pleasant. Money, for one, but a line chef would be another great thing. Oh, and a clean-up crew. Can’t forget the clean-up crew. What’s the point in coming up with great ideas for amazing food if you’re going to have to do the clean up yourself?
How ‘bout you? What’s your stand on cooking? Like it, love it, hate it, meh?
Sound off, and have a great weekend, y’all.
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