Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Ms. Kitchen Klutz is relearning to cook

Given that my 73-year-old husband's full retirement will probably occur within the next few years, and that I'll be eligible for "maximum" Social Security in less than four years--after I reach the age of 70, anything I earn won't add to the amount I'll receive in my monthly Social Security check--we've concluded that the good old days of take-out and frequent restaurant forays are over.  One good thing about my brief time on the Specific Carb Diet was that it forced me to cook all of my own food--I became fairly adept at making basic broiled burgers (beef and ground turkey) and salmon, as well as chicken soup (though it's really bland, since I have to fish out the onion before I eat it).  And last Sunday, I roasted a chicken for the first time in so many years it's embarrassing.

Any super-basic recipes would be appreciated.  Please keep in mind that garlic and I are no longer on speaking terms, and that a close family member can't eat herbs or spices, so when I say "super-basic," well, you get the picture--I made the chicken using nothing but lemon juice (half a lemon for the whole bird) and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Here's a challenge for the cooks among you--I have a never-used crock pot, which I've never used because I need a recipe that doesn't include onion, garlic, white potatoes, tomatoes, beans, wheat, barley, herbs, spices, or sugar.  (Wheat products, which I can't eat, include pasta, flour, bread, croutons, breadcrumbs, matzah, matzah farfel, matzah meal, etc.)  Can you think of anything I could slow-cook that would taste half-decent without any of those ingredients?  Gluten-free grains such as brown rice, kasha, and quinoa would be fine.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I hope to hear from you, if you haven't all gotten bored waiting for a new post and given up reading my blog.


Blogger Maya Resnikoff said...

For your challenge- how about a soup made with sweet potato, butternut squash, and carrots? Some celery to season it. Maybe blend it all, once cooked, and add rice? Maybe add coconut milk? I don't know, this is something vaguely based on something I make, but I add some sugar to mine- I've added sweet potato to this, to add some sweet in an I-think acceptable way for your stomach. (although my husband does something similar without the sugar- admittedly, with onion and garlic.)

Wed Sep 02, 07:44:00 PM 2015  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

This is vitamin-A special. :) Sounds yummy! I can add cinnamon at the table, if the spice-sensitive relative isn't joining us for a meal. Thanks, Maya!

Thu Sep 03, 10:39:00 AM 2015  

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