Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thought process of an impatient/scattered brain foodie...

There are times when I plot out a meal from start to finish.  I find a recipe, shop for the ingredients, prep the ingredients and end up with a finished dinner that is fit to serve to guests...  9 times out of 10 this will end up on the blog...


This sadly however,  is not the norm of my everyday eating routine....


10 minute "kitchen sink" fried rice

I think about food and what I am going to cook later ALL DAY! (seriously, ask anyone I work with!).  As a treat, I am going to share with you all the inner workings of a crazy foodie's brain when a craving hits...  Be excited, be frightened but no judging!


1.  It starts off with either a craving or desire for 1 specific ingredient. I turn all OCD/single white female on that ingredient...   Sometimes I find it through allrecipes.com, google, my google reader or during  one of my many "pinterest breaks" at work.

2.  Once my mind is set on cooking that evenings meal with said ingredient I forage the interwebs for recipe ideas. Sometimes I am looking for "quick n' easy" other times I actually google a random list of ingredients I know I have at home and hope for the best...

3.  I will will narrow down my recipe findings to 1-3 recipes with full intentions of following one recipe to the letter when I get home.

4.  When I return home I am usually weak with hunger and my patience to prepare a meal is very very thin... What ends up happening is chaotic and a bit scary...

5.  I pull up my 3 recipes and start foraging through the kitchen for needed ingredients.  80% of the time I only have a sampling of ingredients so I start combining the recipes to make a pseudo dinner...
 

6.  98% of the time I adapt whatever recipe into a one pot.  There is little to no measuring.  I add spices with the reckless abandonment and rarely salt my dishes (no idea why I NEVER think to add salt).  My reasoning is always..  well it is just me and I don't care if it is pretty or not....  (awful mindset for a food blogger I know!)


7.  The end result is usually a tasty giant pot of some sort of goulash that I inhale while watching TMZ and Chronicle (every damn day!!).  Then I have leftovers for the next  week day.

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Giant pot of goulash  soup!

My food is rarely pretty, usually impossible to recreate or even describe... but I love it!  I want to get better at measuring and documenting my dishes to share with you all.  Perhaps I need to snack more before I get home and really look into weekly meal planning!

Can I get back to this?
Are you a thoughtful cook who plans out a recipe to the smallest ingredient or do you just throw things in a pot and hope for the best?