Making Food vs. Cooking
Today I started an interesting conversation about the difference between making food and cooking. Normal days I’m concerned with fueling, keeping gas in the tank, so to speak, which I call “making food.” It’s a loosely defined term that just means throwing things together to keep myself going – it has little to do with culinary techniques, flavors, or interesting ingredients. With this blog I’m really challenging myself at least once a month to cook, to search out interesting ingredients, recipes and stuff I’ve never tried and make it my own. That being said I don’t have the most extravagant budget or the culinary background to support wild experimentation – so I’m working on it. Tonight I made a variation on Health-Bent’s “Roasted Throw Together” I liked this recipe because its simple, it goes with a lot, and the ingredients are pretty cheap and easily found.
The recommended ingredients are
- 1 lb. sausage of choice
- 1 apple
- 2 onions
- 8 oz mushrooms
My ingredient list is similar..
- 2 lb. andouille sausage from whole foods
- 2 golden crisp apples
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 fire roasted poblano peppers
- 2 fire roasted jalapeño
For the most part I just threw the ingredients in a pyrex pan except for the peppers, I charred those on an oven burner then put them in a plastic bag to sweat. I stemmed and de-seeded them, cut them up and threw them on top of everything. Threw it in the oven for about 40 minutes at 400 and put it over some sautéed spinach. Me and my 3 friends all agreed it was delicious, even the one that made a burrito filling out of it. We have an agreement, no judging. Not bad for a weeknight – I was quite pleased with myself. Saturday night I’m throwing the blog a 1 month anniversary dinner – there might be a pork shoulder involved…thats all I’m saying for now.