Empty Fridge + Hunger = ?

What do you do when you have an empty fridge and a rumbly tummy?

 

The only way I’m able to keep on schedule with my cooking is by planning ahead.  One afternoon per weekend is spent grocery shopping and prepping the week’s meals.  I take stock of what perishables I have, I make a meal plan for the week and I get down to the business of feeding my household!  This is a wonderful cost and time effective way of living, but it does mean I have to carve out time for shopping and planning.  What do I do when that time just isn’t available?  Well my friends, I’m still working on it.

 

I went to Las Vegas last weekend for my big sister’s 30th birthday.  It was great fun but after three days of partying and eating out, I was very ready to get home and have a freshly prepared meal that wasn’t salted within an inch of it’s life (they do this in Vegas to make you drink more -- diabolical!)  Unfortunately, we got home on Monday night and my fridge was barren.  I swear, I could hear crickets in the silence of my kitchen it was so empty.  So I sucked it up and ordered in. 

 

I’m not against ordering in for dinner -- we probably do it once a week or so.  Living in San Francisco means we have a lot of good and cheap options for dinner, and I think as long as it doesn’t happen all the time it’s totally acceptable to have dinner delivered.  But I was busy and my fridge stayed empty this week so we kept ordering in again and again.  By Friday night, I’d reached my limit.  I needed fresh food from my own kitchen!  I sent Daniel to the little grocery store down the street and admonished him to bring me back something green and yummy.

The makings of greatness

The makings of greatness

He returned with fifteen dollars worth of out of season organic heirloom tomatoes, a ten dollar ball of fresh, local mozzarella and a big bouquet of basil. This is not a cost effective way of solving problems but...I have no regrets and my tummy isn’t rumbling anymore.

Pinterest - Recommendations or Ideas?

I had an interesting exchange on the blog The Kitchn recently.  The poster was lamenting Pinterest fails - of course, I’ve been there.  I love Pinterest, it’s a wonderful place for inspiration and browsing, but I’ve learned my lesson that not every Pin can be trusted!  

Much like anytime you surf the internet, you have to take Pins with a grain of salt and only cook recipes that jive with your own kitchen sensibilities and knowledge.  If something seems like it just wouldn’t work...well, you’re probably right.  Too good to be true is definitely an appropriate adage when looking at recipes on Pinterest, convenience recipes especially!

Generally I don’t take people’s Pins as recommendations -- I take them as inspirations for my own cooking.  To me, most Pins are more “Oo, that looks good, what a great idea”, and less “I am telling you to do this because I have done this.”  It’s the online equivalent of flipping through a magazine with a friend and commenting on what you see.

Not all Pins are just ideas though!  My own favorite Pinboard is “Accomplished!” a board where I post all of the Pins I have actually tried myself.  I repin my verdict and any changes I have made to the original idea.  This is great because it’s a quick way of recommending recipes to my followers (not just oo-ing over them) without sacrificing the wonderful browsability of Pinterest.  I’d love to see notes on more Pinboards about whether or not users have actually TRIED the Pin in question -- we’d all be able to trust Pinterest a little more and have fewer Pinterest-fails.  

You can follow my personal Pinterest with the “Accomplished!” board here, or check out the Edible Reveries Pinterest here!

Favorite Blogs - Smitten Kitchen

I’m sure I’m not the only one here who spends a good deal of time reading food blogs. My normal M.O. is to surf through a lot of recipes from different sources and then adjust them for my own tastes. I never seem to be able to leave well enough alone! There is only one blog that I trust to give me recipes that I’m going to love every time -- that blog is Smitten Kitchen.

Smitten Kitchen was the first food blog I became a regular reader of, and it has inspired me as a home cook over the years many times. Deb’s humorous, self-deprecating words make me smile as my tummy rumbles in response to her recipe of the week. Also -- in every post there is a picture of her adorable son. Who can say no to cute toddlers and delicious food? Not me.

Deb’s style of cooking is also one I’ve adopted for myself -- the idea of good, unfussy food. To be quite honest, I’m incredibly lazy and will skip steps in recipes to make it easier on myself. Deb’s recipes are already streamlined and often don’t require me to make extra trips to the grocery store. She is a home cook just like a lot of us - she works with what she has without sacrificing the flavor.

Smitten Kitchen was also recently released as a cookbook and it is beautiful! I kept it on my bedside table for about 2 weeks as I flipped through it every night before going to bed.  It's a well balanced cookbook that provides just as much useful information and inspiration as it does food porn.  I dare you to read it without drooling over the cover photos alone!  I’ve only made one recipe from it so far - the apple cider caramels. They were luscious ... but that’s a story for another time.

Welcome!

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My name is Amineh and I love talking about food.

I spend a good deal of my life thinking about what to make for dinner. I will spend hours scanning blogs for recipes and trolling Pinterest for ideas to inspire a tasty meal. Inevitably I get pulled down an internet rabbit hole and go from reading a recipe for arroz con pollo to learning about the origins of goat cheese.

Now, I love goat cheese, and it turns out I love thinking about more than just what to make for dinner. I love learning about food origins, hearing about the best restaurant in cities continents away, and learning the best trick for peeling garlic. I want to know more about food itself, not just how to prepare it! So doesn’t it follow that any blog I end up writing about food should be more than me just throwing recipe ideas at you? I’m going to throw my thoughts at you instead -- my thoughts, opinions, and musings on food. Here you'll find recipes, restaurant reviews, tips on cooking and anything else food-related that strikes my fancy.

I hope you find it as interesting - and tasty - as I do!