2009 DeterminationI can spend 8 hours in the kitchen baking but I can't manage to spend 10 minutes in the kitchen cooking. Years ago when I was into "health food" (the old-fashioned term for whole foods) I had to cook. There weren't convenience food for vegetarians and people who eschewed refined foods like white flour and white sugar--if you ate like that you had to cook. When did I get so lazy and learn to dislike cooking so much?
I don't believe in resolutions. I believe in goals or a focus. My "determination" for 2009 is to work on my cooking skills again and learn to eat fresher and more healthy food again. Not a diet but more a return to a healthier way of eating.
To refocus, I went looking for a pan that is more a quick cooking method -- like a wok. I don't like overcooked vegetables. Most of them I prefer raw but I know some are healthier cooked and more digestible that way too.
I received a gift certificate for Christmas to a local kitchen store. The obvious purchase of course would be something for baking but I went looking at the cooking section instead (ok--maybe I checked out the baking first but just for any good deals!!). I saw this new pan called a "Hot Wok". Looked like what I was looking for for my cooking needs. It was a little more than my gift certificate but it seemed like the perfect pan for what I wanted to do with veggies and stir-fry. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was dishwasher-safe as well as non-stick! I don't think I will need to use the dishwasher for clean-up but at least that is an option if I want to use it. I liked that versatility. It's a good size for me--not too big and awkward but big enough for a meal for more than me. Win-win!
Anyone have any good recipes or ideas for a lazy cook with a new pan?? :)
I forgot to mention--it was on sale for $6 off. With my gift certificate I ended up buying it for $3.50--not a bad deal (even if not for baking!!)