Sunday, October 18, 2009

Why Do I Bother?

Last week I made a roasted pumpkin soup. I took a pumpkin, cut it into 2 inch pieces, and put it on a tray. I added onions, Shitake mushrooms, olive oil, and salt and pepper, and roasted it all in my oven. Once it was cooled, I skinned the pumpkin and whirled the roasted vegetables in a blender. I put it in a saucepan, seasoned it to taste and served it for dinner. Everyone hated it.

A few days later I tried Miso marinated Cod. It is a very simple recipe where you take fish, Cod in this instance, and marinate it in a sauce that contains Miso (fermented soybean paste - I know it sounds disgusting), Mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), and honey. It was so bad (even I agreed this time) that I threw the fish in the garbage and said "everyone in the car, we are going to the Olive Garden."

Well the next day, my children, fed up with "gourmet" experiments, decided to take matters into their own hands. They made their own "pizzas." They took some corn tortillas from the refrigerator and added spagetti sauce, cheddar jack cheese and turkey pepperoni. They put them under the broiler and baked them. They looked disgusting. They loved them.

Why do I bother?

p.s. I once saw a vinyl sign that said "In my next house, no kitchen, only a vending machine." Maybe there is something to that!


  1. AMEN!! I did Pumpkin Soup as well and the kids hated it. Doug said he loved it but he was probably just lying. Kids love the basics I have given up on most new and Gourmet things. I figure once the kids are gone I will do new and gourmet for Doug and I and probably Sam.

  2. I so agree. I guess it's good for them to try new, different things, but hate spending hours preparing a meal they won't eat! Call me next time. I'll come eat your yummy creations (except the fish one.)

  3. Oh sad!! I have those weeks too where none of the dinners I make turn out. At least you got a trip to Olive Garden out of it!

  4. Great Story. It seems to me that now I have another good cook in the house, that more of my recipes just don't turn out great. They turn out O.K. and sometimes not O.K. Kina has the same problem sometimes. It probably has to the bigger portions.
    Elder Uctdorf said we should create things and sometimes, kitchen creations that are "beautiful to the beholding" of the cook are not in the beholding of the children and spouse. Easy Mac for them.