I like cooking and I like eating good food. I also have a job that takes up a lot of my time.
When I get home from work on an average day, two possibilities confront me: I can order food or I can cook. Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, or Italian restaurants offering takeout are only a few minutes’ walk away. By taking this option, I can be eating a reasonably tasty meal within half an hour, and when I’m done, my kitchen is still clean. It’s a fine option for any given night.
But ordering food creates a few problems. First, I don’t get to cook. As I hinted before, cooking is a hobby of mine. I’m someone who really doesn’t practice any other art form, so making delicious meals and tweaking spices just so are my creative outlets. Sure, I can cook on the weekends, but that really isn’t enough. Second, takeout meals aren’t usually that healthy. There’s a reason burritos or General Tso’s chicken or pad thai are pretty tasty, and I always feel a bit more sluggish the day after stuffing myself with a meal involving healthy doses of delicious, delicious fats. Third, there’s the financial considerations. I don’t really eat fast food, and man cannot live on $1.69 pastor tacos alone, as delicious as they may be. A reasonably interesting takeout meal averages about $10-15 per person in the city, while a home-cooked meal can be exquisite at half the price. Not really a big deal, but it adds up. And finally, takeout food is collectively boring, and it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when convenience is a primary driver of food choices.
This blog is documentation of my desire to cook while working as a professional. Hopefully, I’ll be able to chronicle the struggle of cooking on a limited time budget as well as keep track of some recipes that are fast yet tasty.
Screw Flanders Bon Appétit!