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May Talking: What Do You Cook?

May Talking Meme marches on! For wordsofastory: Do you like to cook? If so, what's a favorite meal? If not, what's your easiest thing to make?

This is a great question, because it's something I hardly ever think about. Unfortunately, that also means I might not have a very interesting answer to give. But I'll try anyway!



My taste in food is a little more restricted than my taste in music, but not by much. I like subtlety and complex tastes (and sounds), but not more than I like bombast, overkill, and piles of cheese. I can cook a little better than I can make music, which is to say "at all," but I'm far too lazy and scatterbrained to bother trying to be a good cook, and I probably wouldn't have the aptitude for it if I did try. I'm much too impatient to make a decent omelet, for example, though I can fry the hell out of eggs or bake them in the oven well enough.

Whether or not I like to cook is pretty variable, depending on how much energy I have and whether it's too hot to move. This year has been a deadly combination of "low physical energy" and "overwhelmed by swarms of work" and we're on the threshold of summer where I live, so all I want to think about are sorbets, smoothies, and cold drinks, maybe with some spinach and candied walnuts thrown in, but maybe not because that sounds too much like effort and spinach is always falling off my fork.

When I do like to cook, homemade pesto is a favorite. Pine nuts don't make everything better, but they make a lot of things better. Cabbage and any kind of greens cooked in oil with pepper and onions (or whatever miscellany of spices I haven't run out of) is a delicious simple dinner, with or without egg noodles. I love braised tofu with broccoli, or just the broccoli (I hated broccoli for years until suddenly it was my favorite).

The very easiest thing to make is pasta with mushrooms. Fry some mushrooms with a little onion, throw some pepper on there (or don't, it's all good), cook up some spirals or whatever, then put them together! You can add pesto or tomato sauce or the aforementioned pile of cheese, or not. Whenever I have vegetable bouillon cubes in the house I throw one in with the pasta.

Simpler, but slightly less easy because it requires that I remember to buy bread and cheese: just a roll with some decent-quality cheese on it. It works for breakfast OR lunch!

Special occasion food: pierogis have been the Christmas Eve dinner staple of my family from the beginning of time, so every other year I make a game attempt to make some pierogis and fail. Luckily, failed pierogis are almost as good as successful ones, so it doesn't hurt anything. They are fried dumplings filled with cheese, potatoes, mushrooms, or sauerkraut. The correct Polish plural is pierogi (singular pieróg, though it would be vanishingly rare to find yourself confronted by a single pieróg for any reason) but no one in my family speaks Polish and unnecessarily tacking an s on everything is equally part of my heritage, so I have preserved it here.

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alley_skywalker
May. 17th, 2015 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ohh! Pierogi sounds exactly like a food word in Russian. Given that there is some overlap in the languages (even if pretty small), the description sounds kind of similar, so I think they might be the same thing? If they are, one of my grandmothers is REALLY good at making them :D
evelyn_b
May. 17th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised if they were the same thing, or close enough! They seem to be a speciality of grandmothers, though where I grew up there was also a smaller bar food version that came with chives and sour cream.
wordsofastory
May. 17th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, these all sound excellent! I love both pesto and perogis, though I've never tried to make either of them myself. Pesto does seem much easier.
evelyn_b
May. 18th, 2015 04:28 am (UTC)
It's easy if you have a blender! But it's kind of relaxing to just mash away at everything with a mortar and pestle, too, if you have that kind of time and energy.
newmoonstar
May. 18th, 2015 05:09 am (UTC)
Oh wow, someone outside of Wisconsin who knows what pierogi are! There's all sorts of Polish food that's common here that people in other places don't seem to eat; I was several years old before I met someone from outside Wisconsin who didn't know what polska kielbasa was, lol. I'm not really much of a cook though, I wish I was- I'm still looking for a good pesto recipe. Mostly I just bake things. :)
evelyn_b
May. 18th, 2015 05:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm not from Wisconsin, but I am from the same part of the world, where lots of Polish foods are common. It was a sad day for me when I moved to another state and couldn't find pączki anywhere.
newmoonstar
May. 19th, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
Oh I miss paczki! Even the big chain supermarkets used to have them when I was a kid, nowadays you've got to go to specialty shops to find them.
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