I’m an over-thinker, from way back.
For a long time cooking has been for me a lot like 1st grade math:
I thought there must be more to it than I could do or understand.
If it didn’t have a lot of ingredients and a bunch of steps, it somehow didn’t even seem like cooking.
But all of that is changing now…
On a recent day off I was home at lunch time with little food in the house. I didn’t want to go out. I wanted to eat something–preferably something delicious and good for me–with what I had.
I had an onion and quinoa pasta, but no sauce. I had strawberries, but no other fruits or vegetables.
Funny how what seems like nothing much is more than plenty, if you just know some simple arithmetic.
All I had to do was saute the onion in olive oil…
and add a little garlic to it…
and grate some fresh parmesan cheese…
to sprinkle over the pasta and garlic onions with some salt and finely chopped cilantro:
Added a little sugar to the sliced strawberries…
…and lunch was done.
Real food, real simple, real easy.
Fresh, good, gluten-free.
(As for amounts, I can’t really tell you what I threw in there. I chopped up about a quarter of the onion and threw in a few teaspoons of chopped garlic from a jar. I sprinkled cheese and cilantro until it looked right. A few pinches of coarse salt.)
Simple is good.
Not everything in life is calculus, you know? Wish I’d known that back in 1st grade.
I guess some of us just need a little longer to learn than others.
How about you?
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