Recently I realised something important: I need goals. I thrive under deadlines and work best when I know I’ll feel ashamed if I fail. This theory was proven true after I announced to the world (or that tiny percentage of the world who are kind enough to be my Facebook friends) that I would upload a video every day for a month.
But now that VEDIA is over, what next?
SO GLAD YOU ASKED.
While sick in bed one evening I watched Julie and Julia, a quaint lil film (at 118 minutes) about a woman who decides to cook every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. So it was decided, I would steal this woman's idea and cook my way through a cookbook. But there was no way I was ever going to undertake the Everest that is MAFC.
I’d been dreaming of spending the mighty $50 it would cost me to get my hands on Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings for a while, and here, finally, was my guilt-free excuse to do so (if we aren’t counting how bad I’ll feel eating all those calories).
At 101 recipes, cooking everything in Cravings seems a much more achievable goal. I plan to finish it off within one year - by May 17, 2018. Because that's when I cooked this. Please take note of my honesty, because I was very tempted to lie and say I made this today.
First challenge: Perfect Tomato Sauce & Spicy Tomato Skillet Eggs.
I originally picked out the skillet eggs without realising the sauce is actually a separate recipe in the book - so without meaning to, I crossed off two recipes at once (I always was an overachiever). Luckily I realised all of this before I made the trip to the supermarket. Did I mention how much this challenge is going to cost me? That's the price I pay for being lazy AF I suppose.
These eggs are a take on what us Aussies like to call 'baked eggs'. It included a tomato based sauce with garlic and onions, chilli flakes, several herbs and salami (actually prosciutto, but gross, so I substituted).
The sauce recipe promised me it would only take an hour to make, while the eggs sat at a comfy 20 minutes. I always double these estimates, and it’s lucky I did, cause it took way longer. To be fair, this isn’t Chrissy’s fault, I’m just a fucking terrible cook and was way over cautious. Hopefully by the end of the book I’ll be beating her to the finish line.
Anyway - my tomato sauce spattered all over the kitchen wall, my eggs wouldn’t cook through and I cut my finger chopping the herbs (when I refuse to use the MasterFoods shaker herbs you know I’m taking shit seriously), but the end product was amazing nonetheless.
I didn't burn the sauce guys! You may not appreciate the magnitude of this achievement, but you've never seen me try to use a saucepan. Also you can rest easy tonight knowing my egg whites finally hardened, with a little encouragement. You may notice a huge piece of egg shell in the photo above on the right? A small but significant example of my grace in the kitchen.
When I was done I couldn't convince my family to eat it (not that I blame them, I once mixed up flour and baking powder and burned all their tongues) so I had to finish it it off all by myself. A decision I do not regret.
Now I just need someone to come over for breakfast so I can make it for them. Any takers?