A dark morning. A lazy girl. An enticing laptop. Annoying running shoes. An obvious decision.
This has pretty much been my weekends in a nutshell lately. Why run when you can drool over other people’s walk-in closets and Chanel necklaces on Pinterest? If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right. BUT! it hasn’t all been a big, fast waste of time…just 90% of it. The oh-so helpful Pinterest machine managed to kick start one of my “big” 2012 goals…one new recipe a month! January = check!
Pinterest version…pork and butternut squash stew from EverydayPaleo.
Looks pretty tasty, no?
And the “how to”….
As some of you may know (*cough* Muffin *cough*) I’m no cook, which is why I’ve committed to trying one new recipe a month.
But I realized something this time. I think I mostly hate prepping to cook. Notice the ingredients above? Shallots, coconut milk, garam masala?!? What the crap…who owns this stuff. I had to go to three grocery stores (Sobey’s = leeks; Farmboy = pork; Metro = coconut milk), Bulk Barn (garam masala…and miscellaneous treats because c’mon who goes to Bulk Barn and doesn’t get candy?) so that I didn’t have to buy a whole jar for 2 teaspoons of something that I’m not entirely sure what it is, and my mom-in-laws for shallots (because she actually does cook and own this stuff). Seriously? This is why I hate cooking. If someone would do all of the recon and shopping, I’d be more than happy to throw things in a crock pot. More.than.happy.
Regardless, I persevered and slaved over a warm-ish slow cooker to produce this…ta-da!!
Joy of Cooking here I come!
I’m thinking next time I’ll hire a chef and food stylist before snapping a pic. So, on to February…anyone have any “three ingredients or less”, preferably microwaveable, recipes they’d like to share?
Speaking of the wonderful world of Pinterest (what, we were still talking about it, right? First sign of an addiction right there…everything comes back to the vice) I’ve stole a couple of other super (easy) ideas from it too.
Introducing “Awesome shit I stole from Pinterest”!
1) My festive contribution to the work Christmas potluck. Pinterest details here.
My version of the delicious hats
2) Working it at home…I did the circuit three times and was happily huffing and puffing. Best part…no equipment required. (However a yoga mat is nice if you’re working on hardwood or are a big baby or both, like me.) Pinterest link.
3) Delish homemade dressing. (Pinterest deets) I did modify the recipe a bit (remember my lack of on-hand ingredients? It spans across all cooking genres) and basically just used plain greek yogurt, balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard – skipping honey and oil, because I couldn’t really taste the difference so decided to skip the extra calories. And then proceeded to use the whole jar in one sitting. Balance folks.)
Magic in a jar
4) This has been my mantra for a good 30 years or so. Although the adding the word “disturbingly” before “messy” might be a bit more accurate. (Pinning source)
Did not need Pinterest inspiration on this one.
And lastly, my fave project on the to-do list. Shannaners, you + me + Prosecco = next weekend. Pinterest success!
Very important on the must do list