Last night, for instance, I made boneless pork chops (broiled in the oven), brown basmati rice (plain, but cooked with salt and butter), and asparagus (sauteed in a pan with olive oil, crushed red pepper, and garlic). It made a very pretty meal, actually, and the asparagus was pleasingly spicy.
Here is what I have learned so far:
- I much prefer cooking for the two of us to making my own dinner, even though when I cook for just myself it is much easier (because I don't make such elaborate things).
- I actually really enjoy making dinner for us.
- I prefer cooking several things to making a one-pot dish. I am especially fond of the protein/starch/vegetable trio, often with a very plain vegetable.
- Any kind of fish can be cooked with oil and butter in a pan and come out delicious.
- Excluding (bizarrely) restaurant food, I view food cooked by other people with suspicion and distrust.
- I like to control what we have for dinner.