Monday, January 18, 2010

Food Ramblings

I "redboxed" the video, Julie & Julia yesterday and have suddenly become more adventurous in my cooking. The movie is based on a book about a woman who takes a year to cook her way through Julia Child's cookbook on French cuisine. I enjoyed the movie. It was very refreshing!

I have never thought of cooking as being something to enjoy. When I was younger it was just one of my chores. As I age, I find that I am more interested in cooking as a stress reliever and as a way to guarantee the freshness of the food I put into my belly. Where I once feigned at the thought of using extra virgin olive oil, I now relish the goodness! I will also add coconut oil to my pantry as it is probably more nutritious than EVOO.

My step away from the typical Polynesian diet probably began when I was 19. I was out on a date and he took me to a house in the middle of a neighborhood (similar to Hukilau Cafe in La'ie, Hawai'i but much further off the beaten path) in Portales, New Mexico. The food was AMAZING! It was spicy, full of beans and rice and homemade tortillas. It was absolutely delicious. I can still remember the taste of the sopapilla and how soothing it was after ingesting the hot spicyness of the meal. Ever since then, I have been infatuated with foods from all parts of the world.

Remember the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding? When it came out, I tried a couple dishes from that movie. Moussaka was the result. It's a dish that is layered with eggplant, meat sauce, cheese, and topped off with a wonderful bechemel. Google all of that stuff if you're interested. It is just absolutely delicious. That very Greek dish is a regular on my dinner menu's. Tomorrow I will be attempting spanakopita. I saw it on a FoodNetwork show. It looked absolutely delicious. I will definitely take some pictures of the process and the result to share with you.

Am I getting domesticated? I haven't worked in months and I'm totally enjoying it! I'm pretty sure my husband is enjoying all the cooking also. He gets three square meals from me now instead of just dinner. Who would have thought it was in me? Well, good luck to me on my spanakopita!

3 comments:

ME said...

mmm all that sounds good. lately i have been stuffing (like racing) my food and all of it has been sooo unhealthy. when i think of all the good stuff, i think more money...so i take the easy way out. maybe you can share some recipes? like a lot of families in hawaii, chicken is akmost always on the menu bc that's all we can afford most times. help!!!

evotia said...

lately, the kitchen has been my playground too! i'm enjoying some really good cookbooks. i wish you were closer so we could have a dinner club and try out something new every month!! good luck on the spanakopita! greek food makes my tummy drool..

Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much said...

Most times cooking is a chore for me. I wish I could enjoy it more. Lucky my husband enjoys cooking though. I'm always looking at new recipies and tell myself that I'll try it but rarely do. Have you thought about starting a food blog? I'd love to see some of the things you whip up. Perhaps I'll be more motivated.