Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Getting Centered

There's just something about cooking in my bare feet that helps me get centered. Lately, I feel like I'm just going, going, going - no time for real relaxation or play. And all of this going has me unfocused and growing grouchy.

The last thing I felt like doing when I got home today was cooking but I had taken steaks out the other day and today was the last day to cook them before having to throw them out, and in this economy I'm trying not to be wasteful. So on with the apron, off with the shoes, and pump up the jazz. And apparently this was just what I needed.

One hour alone in my little kitchen with nothing to think about except, not cutting myself with my beyond sharp Japanese butcher knife while I cut up sweet potatoes for oven fries; and all of my (as my buddy Nadine says) first world problems just melted away. I can't explain it, so I'm not going to try, but I highly suggest cooking when you have days made of suck.

And since this actually a food/cooking blog:

Steak: season with cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Grill or sear & broil until meat reaches desired doneness (I like med-well).

Sweet Potato oven fries: cut potatoes in quarters (for steak fries) or eights (for regular fries) drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and chili powder. Cook at 375 F until outside of fry is crispy and inside is tender (about 45 minutes to a hour).


2ndgenlibrarian said...

Yum. I think I know what I might be having for dinner tonight, especially since it is nice enough to grill out. So true about the going, going, going. I never want to take the time to cook anymore as much as I love it.

layzbugs said...

YUM. We're going up to the Vermont house next week and all I'm going to do is COOK. It's been so crazy and, you're right, it just centers you.


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