Friday, February 20, 2009

Hell's (to the naw) Kitchen #2/3

So if you read in my first Hell's (to the naw) Kitchen post I explained how and why I don't cook. If you didn't get to read it click the link. But basically I told myself that I was going to try and start cooking more this year. I would say that the first meal was a success and I got no complaints from my date. To be honest I definitely didn't expect to have cooked meal #2 & 3 in less than a month. My original goal with the starting to cook more was 1 meal per month. Considering how much I normally cook (never) I figured this would be a hell of a step up.

The opportunity for meal #2 presented itself out of the blue. The same lovely lady that braved my first meal found herself feeling ill a few weeks ago. Well I had the bright idea to take her some chicken noodle soup and orange juice. What better to make her feel better. Then I thought cool I saw Campbell's was on sale that week $1 for big cans (possibilities!! LoL). But then I thought about it. Wouldn't it be extra special if I made her this soup? Having never even thought to take on such a task, I immediately hit up my cooking mentor. She replied that she had a chicken noodle soup recipe for me and would help me out. Therefore, I committed myself to cooking this meal.

After hitting up the mentor throughout the day I unfortunately was getting no response. So when 5pm came I was blowing her phone up like a man smoking at a gas pump (Which I saw recently btw. I see the wildest stuff sometimes. LoL). Now I was on a time constraint and had to have this soup there by a certain time. So when I realized that I was going to have no help I was left with a couple of choices. 1.) Go with the Campbell's Soup option 2.) Cook this meal all by myself, 3.) Just abandon the whole idea and make up an excuse. Perhaps I got sick myself. LoL.

Well after much comptemplating I actually chose option 2. First, I found a recipe online that 'seemed' to be pretty easy. Then I rushed to the store for the ingredients and then rushed back to start cooking. I swear I cut up so many damn vegetables it was ridiculous. Lol. Although time was an issue, I was somehow able to cook the soup, and deliver it. She was very surprised and appreciative of the soup, crackers and orange juice. When she ate it she said that it was good and with that meal #2 was also a success. My mentor had run into some technical difficulties but was proud that I proceeded without her assistance. I am leaving out plenty of details and how nervous I was (which I never am) when trying to pull this one off. However, the results of meal #2 can be seen below.

(Menu: Homemade chicken noodle soup, crackers, and Orange Juice [not pictured])

Meal #3 came about just a couple of days ago. This time there was no special occasion, just another visit/date. The mentor helped me come up with a quick/easy meal that I could prepare after work in time for her arrival. Although I did get talked through this meal I will admit that it came a little more natural than the first 2. It seems as if I am definitely getting a little more comfortable after each meal. This meal turned out great. My date (my new default taste tester) really enjoyed this one and even asked for my recipe. My response was, I couldn't divulge this old family secret, but I can show you her how to make it. LoL.

I had more of the ingredients for this meal left over the next day. So just to show you how comfortable I'm actually getting with cooking, when I came home from work I cooked this same meal again for dinner just for myself. Also, I took what was left to work with me today for lunch. Now I won't count that as meal #4, but I will say that this meal is officially mastered and in my mental book of recipes. See the pictures below.

(Menu: Buffalo chicken wraps, chips & salsa, and Bahama Mamas to drink).

Now I can't promise 3 more meals within a months time; however, with the way things are going I could be up to 1 meal per week sooner than we expect. That's it for me. Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend.

--C-Recks--

21 comments:

Jillian said...

once you get goin you just can't stop...glad you are getting into it...plus saves you from eating out and spending money lol..and it's a good way to try new things...

keep the good meals comin!!!

how's the new jobby job? :)

reedwrites said...

For real, I don't cook like that either, so I give you an A for effort. clap, clap

Btw I have a bunch of quickie recipes--really easy meals that can be done in an hour or less-- I can send you if you want.

JKisz said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaay! Cooking is great, right? Lol. But I'm glad you're getting the hang of this whole cooking thing! Everything looks absolutely wonderful! Making me hungry looking at it lol.

ANGELINA said...

cooking is fun once you get the hang of it. i'm happy to see you're getting in the kitchen more often. good job :) and the chicken soup thing is so cute! very thoughtful!

*V* said...

LOL - you remind me of me when I started cooking for the boy! It does get easier with time and doesn't it feel great when you finally "master" a meal and add it to your ever expanding repetoire?

Keep it up!

Miss.Stefanie said...

mmmmmm wanna come cook for me?

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Awww, shucks...somebody caught the cooking bug :-)

Kryssy said...

yum! Maybe some of your motivation will rub off on me. =)

Selah said...

I'm thinkin you should take this [[cooking]] show on the road.. next stop: So Cal, the place where I rest my head :)

p.s. homemade chicken noodle soup is H.E.A.V.E.N. lol

Oyin said...

Hey Im coming over...whats for dinner

♫Hershey's Kiss♫ said...

cooking is a beautiful art. I've also learned that women like a man that can cook. If you need some recipes let me know.

Princess Katrina said...

It all looks so yummy!! Good job! Keep up the good work in the kitchen!!!

urbanknitrix said...

Look at you Chef Homeboyardee!!

Good for you. Just like anything else. The more you do it the more comfortable you will get. You will be making filet mignon real soon.

Oh and there are a lot of websites on line for cooking. My favorite allrecipes.com. You can print recipes, put in quantities and the best part, people who have tried the recipes rates them.

Go B. said...

...LOL too cute! Good Job Brother!

Coogie Cruz said...

That was very sweet of you to do for your sick lady friend.

Glad the food turned out not to just look good but actually taste good too.

Angel said...

awwww, I love cooking but I love it more when a man cooks for me. Your menus looked lovely :)

Amber ♥. said...

i dont mind cooking but i get bored doing it.. or no longer want to eat it.. so i'd rather not cook. its rare that i do. so like Reed said i give u an A for effort. and its really attractive when a guy can cook.. AND MAKE DRINKKS =)

wordmerchant said...

awww...thats so cute and looks yummy too. Very sweet of you.

Sexxy Luv said...

lmao!

i'm soooo proud of you! the kitchen is your friend. :)

LAKIA, THE BLOG CHIC said...

Everything looks yummy:-)

Tuotierugif >^..^<© said...

Your getting better and better! That soup looks good! ;)