Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The importance of eating well

With my recent abundance of free time due to Spring weather in the Gulf, and scarcity of social engagements due to being shy and new in town, I have been devoting a lot of time and energy into stuffing my face. I have tried making Quiche (yummy,) Alfredo (wish me better luck next time,) and new ways to perfect my old favorite bacon and eggs with whole wheat toast, strong black coffee, and a banana (the secret is to put the cheese in the pan before you put in the eggs, so the cheese flavor gets strong enough to hang out with the egg yolk flavor.) Also, I finally have a productive and renewable herb garden.
After reading my sister Jessica's post about her garden, I decided to follow suit and try my hand at veggies. Being the adventurous soul that I am, I decided to run before I walk and try tomatoes. There are three big planters in my yard where weeds have long since choked out what was meant for them, so I weeded and tilled one of them by hand until it was uniform, dark brown, loose, rich, sweet smelling soil. Then I planted six Roma tomato seedlings about 18 inches apart. My neighbor Ann came out and helped. She's cool like that. So I'll keep y'all posted about the 'maters.
So speaking of my neighbor Ann, we're gonna BBQ tonight just for fun, so I made my original recipe souse last night. I was about to start when I looked up at my pots and pans hanging over head and decided that enough was enough. I was sick of using crappy cookware. I have a gas stove, so I really needed some nice, thick bottom pans for it. So 90 bucks at Target later, I had a good saute' pan and a good 3qt sousepan, and a couple other random utensils. It was worth it. The first time I put a slice of bacon on that saute' pan, I actually heard angels singing. I never thought that kind of temperature control was possible on my cheap stove. No: cooking is not my calling in life. Just like being a rock star isn't. Going pro would take all the fun out of it.


Jessica said...

Good luck with your garden. Did you read the instructions on the tomatoes? I just planted some a few minutes ago, and planted them 3 ft apart. (they need enough space to get enough sunlight). Anywho.... I actually bought some more plants today, and planted bean seeds and pepper plants. The nursery where I went had lots of varieties of hot peppers... but I don't cook with those (because of the kids)... ah well.

Nancy Sabina said...

I'm glad you're having fun. I've been gardening too lately - but no veggies here. I'm working on just keeping flowers alive before I try food. Plus, pretty much all of my yard is pretty much always in shade.

I'm glad you have a fun neighbor.

Grandpa Earl said...

Any time you want to get a set of multi-ply-bottomed pans like ours, or something similar, just whistle and we'll set you up at wholesale cost.

angela michelle said...

Wow, angels sang? I knew $90 at Target could buy happiness!