I had warned James, previous to us getting married, many times, that I didn't know how to cook. I remember him saying that he'd eat take out for all he cared, he was just happy to marry me. Looking back I now know that that's an extraordinary comment - James hates junk! Maybe he would have thought twice if he'd realised exactly how little I knew about cooking. But he was young and in love, and obviously didn't realise the depth of my lack of cooking knowledge.
It all came out on our honeymoon. James said he'd teach me how to cook a simple meal his 'Papa' had taught him. He said "I'll cook the meat and veggies, and you just do the rice". I smiled and agreed, then looked at him expectantly. He started cooking, and looked at me funny, till I had to ask "how do I cook the rice?". I'll never forget his face - he was shocked, and it's like it finally sunk in that I knew nothing. Like I said, I'd been upfront, but obviously he was wearing his rose coloured glasses :)
I guess when I say 'nothing', I exaggerate. I knew how to poach eggs using an egg poacher. I loved poached eggs. And I could toast toast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all. That was it.
Anyway, the next couple of years were a HUGE learning curve for me, and involved a lot of tears and wishing like crazy I'd taken my wonderful mother up on some basic cooking lessons. It's not like James left all the cooking to me anyway - he cooked, a lot. But I felt SUCH a responsibility to cook for my husband, and had NO skills or knowledge to draw from. Even watching my mother over the years - who is one of the most amazing cooks on the planet! - had not taught me much, because I hadn't watched to learn, I'd watched to be able to lick the beaters. And had put more effort into avoiding cooking than learning anything about it.
Now James, has a fabulous appetite. He has some kind of super speedy metabolism and has to eat like crazy to keep up with it, or he looses weight rapidly and gets sick. He is very lean, and eats at least 3 times as much as normal people. So the meals have to be massive. The poor guy suffered at first, but gradually I've become a LOT more confident and able to cook gigantic, satisfying meals for the poor guy on a budget.
I remember one of the first meals I managed to churn out once we were married: nachos - lol :) I did it with mince, and olives, and sour cream and sauces and cheese and possibly bacon - everything I could think of that might work. I remember sitting down with James to eat, and him turning to me and very sincerely expounding on the virtues of my ... nachos... and assuring me it was the best nachos he had EVER tasted. I burst out half laughing and half in tears. My cooking was THAT bad, that he was INCREDIBLY excited about the NACHOS I'd made!! That was just one of many low points - he was very patient, and I was determined to stop being useless, and we've come a loooong way!
Anyway, this is a GIANT story to introduce any cooking posts I do in the future. They will normally be labelled 'Feeding James', and feed 4 normal people, or James and I. I am still not a fabulous cook, and I try pretty hard when I want to make a nice meal. Like, really hard. And when I want to try a new dish I psych msyelf up weeks (or more sometimes lol) in advance, and google tips on cooking that type of meat or whatever. So the other important thing about any cooking posts I do, is that YOU can do them too, even if you just got married and have not tried rice yet.
I'd better finish off this giant, storybook post, with a quick, easy recipe, hey? :)
Takeaway Breakfast WrapsJames has to eat breakfast or he wilts away of course, and he was going through a long prac (he's studying at the moment) a few weeks ago, and with the hours he was doing he sometimes wasn't getting a lot of time to eat before leaving. Sometimes he'd end up eating his lunch for breakfast and miss out on that, and so I was trying to think of a takeaway breakfast. I actually got the idea off a friend who made them for her husband - and I you can change the ingredients around (and amounts - I guessed those!) according to taste!
500 grams bacon, chopped
3 onions, diced
a dozen eggs
Some milk/butter/grated cheese
Smoky BBQ Sauce
12-16 large Wraps
- Chop up the potatoes, chuck them on a tray or 2 with some oil, cook in the oven on about 210(C) for maybe an hour (or till they're yummy!), turning every 20 minutes. Most people would add some sea salt at this stage, but James is anti-salt, so we ditch that..
- Fry up the chopped bacon and onion
- Scramble the eggs - you can crack them all into a bowl with some milk and maybe butter and grated cheese (if you want the butter and cheese), whip them up and then put them in the fry pan/saucepan and mix, mix, mix till they're done.
- Put out the wraps, put some potato, bacon and onion and scrambled eggs on each, top with smoky BBQ sauce, wrap, gladwrap, and put in a freezer ziplock bag to keep frost free!
Then each morning you can grab one and zap it in the microwave on your way out the door, or when you get to work, and you're set! My friend was saying she added chopped chorizo sausages to hers, and they were delicious! But I was just using what I had at the time. Most people would only eat one but James ate at least 2 I think, so they went a lot faster than I expected. I felt luck SUCH a good wife while they lasted!! :)
And excuse my yucky-coloured bench, but here's kind of what they looked like:
I do love a good breakfast! :)