Being on the road and eating every meal out does have its benefits. However after a while I began to miss the act of making my own meals. When I got back into town I had to re-stock the refrigerator. I grabbed two recipes I’d clipped from somewhere ages ago and purchased the ingredients I needed to execute them. I was excited to be in my kitchen preparing something I’d never made before.
The problem is, I got caught up in the idea of making the dish – a Chorizo and Bean Cassoulet. So much so that I didn’t read through the entire recipe before starting. I dove right in. Had I read a few steps ahead I would have realized that the preparation phase of the recipe consisted of 5 hours of boiling, soaking, rinsing, boiling again and soaking again the beans! It was nearly mid-night before I’d finished that step and I still had a dozen more to go! It took me two days to make a single dish. I was too exhausted by the effort to even start on the second recipe.
Never again am I going to clip a recipe that doesn’t provide, up front, the preparation time and the cooking time. Most of my recipes fit that criteria. For whatever reason (jet lag?) I was lured into making this dish despite being given no forewarning of the labor involved.
Fortunately my next dish is a crock pot meal that requires so little effort it shouldn’t even count as cooking!
In just a few days I’m on the road again. Another three weeks of restaurant and airplane food doesn’t sound so unappealing at the moment!