My cooking efforts started with last night's dinner and I wish to report a complete success!! I didn't get home from tutoring at the library until 5:15 and that's when I got to start opening all the boxes with my kitchen stuff. It was fun if rather overwhelming! By the time I got ready to fix dinner it was after 7PM, and I almost bailed and decided I'd had enough for one day. But I kept hearing one of my students saying earlier in the afternoon that sauteing mushrooms was really easy. So I forged ahead. I plugged in the little two burner electric stove top which will be what I use until my gas line is run. I found a suitable pan. I located the Grape Seed Oil, and then washed off two 8oz boxes of Crimini mushrooms. I heated up the oil in the pan, put in lots of sliced mushrooms (I really had a hankering for mushrooms), and then stirred them. They seemed to want a bit more oil, so I did that. Then I saw my new spice jars sitting on the counter and decided to try out the Italian spice mix. Finally I thought maybe they'd like to have a cover on them and the heat turned down. I left them on their own while I went to finish something up on the computer, but I listened carefully and I wasn't gone long. When I came back I was amazed! I had a wonderful pan full of gorgeous looking and smelling mushrooms to go with my steamed edamame and I don't know when I've enjoyed my dinner more!! I know it was simple, but I did it all and it tasted fantastic!! And for desert I had my favorite Chocolate Obsession soy ice cream so it was a big success all the way around!
Today I went to my local organic store, Minglement, and got help putting together the ingredients for hummus using a recipe in the cookbook from my new Vitamix, and I'm going to try that out here in a few minutes. I figured that would be a gentle way to learn about the Vitamix. While I was teaching my bridge class after going to Minglement, I realized that I didn't have a can opener so that would mean I couldn't get into the cans of garbanzo beans for my hummus. However, one of my students has kindly loaned me one of hers, so I'm set, and the adventure will continue. I'm also debating trying a stir fry with my beets, carrots, purple cabbage, yams, potatoes, and tofu which I bought on Monday, but I'll wait until after the hummus experiment to see if I want to do that today or tomorrow.
I am pleased with having my first solo meal turn out so wonderfully well and I look forward to more adventures as I continue. This was definitely the right decision. I know I have a learning curve, but I have lots of wonderfully supportive people surrounding me, here on Vashon, and as well as on the internet! Many thanks to all of you! I'm also learning more about how my students feel when they are trying to learn math or whatever is causing them difficulties. I'm reminded again about the panic of not even knowing what question to ask, the total bewilderment when entering a strange turf, etc. and I think this experience with the cooking will help me to work with my students. It is also fun to share my learning with them (many of whom are already better cooks than I ever was before!), and we can then help each other.