Anna's Journey

Chopping and sizzling

In Sanlucar la Mayor on February 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm

As I write this, a lentil ground turkey soup is burbling on the stove.

I took a sick day today for flu-like symptoms that are spreading like wildfire around the school (getting sick  comes with the profession, unfortunately), and now that I’m feeling a little better, I couldn’t wait to get back in the kitchen.*

That’s right. You heard me.

These past few years, I had become the queen of fast, thrown together dinners, even eating cereal when I was too tired to cook (sorry, Mom!). Cooking was a chore. I wished I could just snap my fingers and delicious, healthy meals would appear on my table.

This year is different.

With a little more time on my hands and the support of a guy who happens to be an incredible chef, I am learning to love to cook. I love finding new recipes on and changing them to suit my style. I’m learning to make a killer tomato sauce. I’m beginning to understand the mysteries of spices. I’m even just starting to experiment with meat and fish. Last week, I made cous cous with garbanzo beans and veggies, pasta with homemade meat sauce, and fried fish. The week before that, it was ratatouille crepes with green salad. Chopping, boiling, stewing, and sizzling are fast becoming some of my favorite verbs. This is one of the most pleasurable and rewarding hobbies a girl could ask for.

I’ll let you know how the soup turns out!


*Now, you might be thinking, what is a young lady with the flu doing in the kitchen? She shouldn’t be anywhere near where food is prepared. But you must understand, that the only other person who will be eating this soup is, unfortunately, either destined to get the virus or not, regardless of who cooks the meal!



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