The walk to my car took me outside for a mere 5 minutes, after which I felt like I had been frozen in ice for an eternity. The walls at work were harder than usual, the air in the office was drafty, and blew shivers down my neck. I sped from task to task to keep my mind off of the arctic gloom. On my way to the parking lot every muscle was working overtime, as though clinging to my body to keep from falling into the abyss of numbness. I turned the car on to sputter while struggling to fight off a bit of frozen air that snuck into the drivers seat with me. Then I called Christina.
“Have you eaten?” She asked. “I am starving, do we have any real food?”
I could hear her opening and closing cupboards, which made me smile. She is the sort of person that could open a cupboard stuffed with nothing but jars of olives from ceiling to floor, and still she would lean her head back shout “Hun, do we have any olives?”
“Do you want to go across the street and have a burger tonight?” She asked. I shivered at the thought of going back outside after getting home. “No, I’ll be there in a minute” I replied.
Here were my priorities when making tonights dinner.
1. make something that Christina will find equally as satisfying as a burger, without having to go out and get any meat
2. Make something that won’t take very long to cook.
3. Not make a mess of the kitchen.
Here is what we had:
Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil and a large pinch salt
Add 1 diced yellow onion and cook about 3 min
slice and add 1 bunch of Melissa’s fingerling potatoes
cook potatoes and onions together and add 1 cup turkey stock (from thanksgiving turkey) or 1 cup water and cover (this will cause potatoes to cook faster. They won’t a nice brown color, but it will make the pan easier to clean. Tonight we are going for ease and comfort.) When the potatoes are about halfway cooked (10 min) add
1/4 head chopped green cabbage and
a pinch of cumin. Cover and cook an additional 10 min. Add
2 large diced carrots. Cover and cook 5 more min.
(optional) Add a few slices of your favorite cheese for an extra melty warming effect.
For even more heat, add hot sauce or pickled hot peppers mmmmmmm.