Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Cooking Challenge of a Lifetime

Dinner is proving to be a challenge. Not willing to eat cereal or crackers and cheese for dinner every night, as my dear novio was before I arrived, I'm trying to expand our dinner options beyond pasta but have, I'm afraid, reached an impasse. We have a kitchen, but we don't know how to use the weird oven, which you have to light--somehow, somewhere--with a match. We have no measuring cups, measuring spoons, sharp knives, or mixing bowls. We don't have a large pot, or glass Pyrex pans (not that we can use the oven anyway). No blender or food chopper. Andrew said we didn't have a can opener, but there was, thankfully, one in the drawer. Only yesterday did I finally find salt and pepper at the grocery store.

Besides pasta, omelettes and other egg-related dishes, salads, and toasted-cheese sandwiches, we have few selections, unless we start buying frozen food items, which seems to be an unnecessary, college-type last resort. I suppose you could argue that there are an infinite variety of pasta dishes and an infinite variety of egg-related meals and an infinite variety of salads. This is true. But now that pasta, eggs, and salads are all I can have, I don't want them. I want a nice big pot of soup that requires a blender, huge pot, several pans, measuring cups, lots of kitchen utensils, and obscure ingredients I don't know the Spanish names for to prepare.

Perhaps my resistance to just cooking more eggs is actually a hint to myself that it's time to turn my learn-Spanish plans into action. And also to go back to Ikea. And to figure out this oven.

6 comments:

auntiejo said...

Margo, This is really cool! I hope you get your culinary desires figured out!!!I will check this daily! Jeremy has one set up for his trip to Italy.

auntiejo said...

Margo, I've just read all the posts in your archives with tears in my eyes!! You are a beautiful writer, and your adventure is truly a great one to write about. Looking forward to more!!

Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with Cereal and Crackers and Cheese for dinner.

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