2.28.2011

A Thai Breakfast

More of my one-skillet wonders.

Potatoes cooked in coconut oil, chopped peppers, some garlic salt and pepper. When it was done, I cleaned out the pan and made a quick side of scrambled eggs.



~jennifer.

2.27.2011

the "make due" style of cooking

So yes, I've moved into a new place. And, while I love it intensely, I realized within a few days of being here that I went from a culinary Wonderland to the ghetto. What I mean by that is... my kitchen in the old place was fully stocked. Fully.

Every kind of pot and pan. Graters. Peelers. Waffle irons. Crock pots. Full sized oven. At one point, we even had a bread maker.



Now... um. I have the opposite of that.

I arrived at my new place with a few dishes, one skillet, a colander, and a corkscrew. I didn't even have a microwave.

My cooking style for these first few weeks has been "make due." I pulled together whatever I could to make a meal. This was my first quasi-masterpiece.

I sauteed the one clove of garlic I had, two old, crispy bay leaves, and a handful of chopped onions in olive olive. When the onions softened, I added some pork sausage, tomatoes, dried basil, oregano, kosher salt and pepper, put a lid on it and let it all simmer for 15 minutes. My old tried and true tomato sauce.

But I had no noodles. Well, I had flour, eggs and water, but no counter space to roll it out on.

Solution? I find some old lasagna sheets, break them apart and put the pieces in the sauce. It cooked for another 10 minutes until the pasta was al dente.



The next day at work, people asked me what I was eating for lunch. I said, "ingenuity".

~jennifer.

2.15.2011

coming to you from the world's smallest kitchen

I've been absent, but with a good excuse. I moved from a large townhouse in the suburbs to a tiny apartment in the city. It's great except for...

I have the world's smallest kitchen. Perhaps not in a Guinness World Record kind of way, but it's small. Probably smaller than yours.



Yeah, it's that small. I do like the glass cabinet though.



Also, meet the world's smallest gas oven.



Somehow I managed to fit a baker's rack in here, because I literally have no counter space. How will I roll out my pasta dough?



Sometimes I have to get inventive with where I put things...



Hmmmm... Help?

~jennifer.

2.14.2011

a natural hair journey... in pictures

I don't talk much about my hair, because frankly, I don't like to. I cut all my hair off a year ago precisely because I didn't want my hair to be a big deal any more. However, today is the anniversary of my big chop, so I'm getting a little reflective...

Here I was before. Shoulder-length, relaxed hair, which I've sported since I was 12 years old.



Isn't she lovely?

2.01.2011

what's good: cilantro coconut sauce and jasmine rice

A can of coconut milk has been taunting me from my cabinet for a month now. I finally gave in with this lovely dish, based off of a recipe from A Taste of Thai.

Naturally, I jazz it up a bit.



First all, jasmine rice instead of noodles. And in lieu of shrimp, I added potatoes and chopped leeks.

It's creamy and addictive. I need to save some for lunch this week, but I'm not sure it will make it through the night.

~jennifer.
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