Sometimes I need an outlet for my creativity and adventurousness and obsession with aesthetics and (related) love of photography. The result: a sister duo (with the wonderful and like-minded Kyla) taking over the kitchen to try some culinary creations. Namely, from Pinterest. That I have been wanting to try for the past year in the dorms and could not. The joy of cooking when parents are gone (or at least very flexible!) is that you can alter and mess up internet recipes as much as you want and they will likely turn out good and no one will no the difference because they have never had the dish before! Or if you happen to start a recipe and then realize you don’t have 5 key ingredients… that may have happened as well. But the cooking has gone wonderfully. Especially considering I am the most non-kitchen-oriented girl you will know (seriously I’ve never cooked meat before), but I enjoy artful presentation and especially photographing such presentations with the Nikon that my fingers have sorely missed using. Photography has always been a sort of hobby of mine after I took several photography classes in high school, but one that has went to the wayside in the past two years as academics rushed to front and center. But, with the aforementioned free time this summer I have decided to pick it up again with zeal. Starting with (hopefully delicious) snapshots of the summer cooking (save for the quinoa.. I tried, but it is not a very artful dish to photograph especially when under a time crunch to eat it!).
I will admit, this desire to try cooking comes with another motive. In the past year while at college, I became intrigued with more things health related and especially vegetarian. As someone who enjoys meat but isn’t crazy about it (I will choose pasta over steak, every time), I knew cutting back on my meat consumption wouldn’t be too hard. It would be more efficient ecologically–rather than growing grains to feed animals and eating the animals (of which only 10% of the energy passes each time), why not just eat the grains? It would be cheaper. It would be easier for a certain someone to cook (yes, me). It would be healthier. I’m not advocating or even thinking I could do a cold-turkey sort of thing, but I’ve thought about being a 1 day or 2 day or 5 day vegetarian, and eating meat the other days. So while that has yet to be set definitively (but I do eat less meat), I decided to introduce my family (and myself) to some new foods in the vegetarian/vegan world. I haven’t gotten far in this pursuit, but Kyla and I have tried quinoa–a grain/seed alternative to rice–with success. We made it in a Thai chicken dish (I know it has meat in it but this seemed the best introductory dish for quinoa, knowing my family!).
Our other creations have included apple cinnamon waffles, Aunt Annie’s pretzels, baked oatmeal to-go muffins, banana oatmeal cookies, and herb-garlic pasta with Puttanesca sauce. I would say it has been a successful week and full of laughs, botched measurements, Pandora radio, and tons of fun! But we’re learning… not likely to have another tangy-lemon pasta or cilantro-heavy quinoa dish.. and enjoying our sister time. All recipes and our comments/revisions are on my Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/jaylie19/culinary-adventures-of-jk/
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.