I just don’t know what to cook anymore. When I get groceries, it seems to be always onions, beans, celery, carrots, and mushrooms. On the more daring days, I get rapini or kale. When we eat in, that’s what we eat. Vegetables and legumes. And at this point, I just don’t know what to do with it anymore. I’ve roasted, braised, broiled, steamed, souped, stir-fried. I have a ton of spices and not a single new idea.
So instead of cooking, we’ve been eating out a bit more than usual. It kind of defeats the whole purpose of healthy eating but I can’t make these dishes at home and I want different cuisines. We got takeout Thai food on Friday night. It was way salty, though the fish sauce and ginger scallion flavors were a nice change of pace from celery and beans. The next day, we went to Tachibana for lunch. The hot ramen and sushi hit the spot on a winters day, and it’s great people watching there. Then pizza and beer for dinner that night at Rustico. Great milk stout, disappointing pizza. Even bad pizza is still good.
I once read that the best way to get over writers block is to just keep writing. Even if it’s crap, just keep going. On that thought, maybe cooking will work the same way. We went to the Asian grocery store to get cookable food yesterday. Asian markets have a lot more variety so I was hoping to get out of my cooking rut there.
My stepping-out food: fennel. Two bulbs of it. I have no idea what to make with it.
For dinner last night, I made steamed sweet potatoes, cabbage soup with Korean chili powder, and we ate it with kim chee.
This cooking rut has me flip flopping between going back to cooking meat or not. On the one hand, it’s additional ingredients I could use, on the other, I really don’t think I need that much protein and would like to continue limiting it. I just don’t know what to cook these days anymore. And it isn’t just meat. I also try to limit dairy, grains, and packaged/processed foods to the extent possible. When I enter the grocery store, that basically limits me to beans, eggs, fruits, and vegetables. After a while, there’s only so much one can make. What a conundrum. It’s totally my fault by choice for boxing myself into this. Trying to eat healthier is very confusing.