Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cooking for a boy...


...is hard.

Our first meal here, I decided to make us a nice dinner. I made a lovely fish dinner from a cookbook my mom gave me ages ago. I served it with salad. I was cooking for two, so I doubled my portion.

Big mistake.

About ten minutes after the meal, Noach starts to look uncomfortable. In his nicest, "I love you but" voice, he asks, "we-we're not having... anything else?"

Turns out that two girl portions does not a marriage feed. He doesn't even eat two of what I eat. It's more like three. It's crazy! Boys are so... different!

It hasn't gotten much better. I cook what I think is a ton (so that I'll have extra to freeze for later) but he still finishes it all! And generally the only times I entered the kitchen were to do either something fancy, like baking, or something so simple I wouldn't serve it to Noach. So every meal-literally, breakfast, lunch and dinner-turns into a three or four course extravaganza. It's crazy.

We did just do a massive shopping trip in the Costco produce section so we have lots and lots of fruits and veggies to eat up. We signed up for a CSA in North Jersey but it doesn't start until the 21st. We're very excited to see what crazy fruits and veggies we end up with! I don't know how to cook kale, do you?

So anyway, I'm still working on it. We definitely have enough baked goods to last us (I bake under pressure, a la Izzie Stevens), but I need main courses and side dishes. That are quick. And preferably freezable. And healthy. And don't have meat or potatoes, which we don't really eat.

Any ideas?

4 comments:

red said...

this is such an endearing post, katie. you're too adorable. i've been cooking for my boy (and luckily, often, with my boy) for a while--if you'd like, we can come over one weekend and cook together! it'll be a fun way to spend the day together, catch up, and make the bellies happy. msg/email me if you're game!

Devorah said...

sorry kate, i'm a meat and potatoes girl. But you could always go for sauteed peppers & onions (in olive oil) with tofu (in place of sausage) and season with a little chili powder for heat. that's my stock "vegetarian" meal. classic italian recipe.

Anonymous said...

hi kate -- i love your blog; i'm in exactly the same boat re. food. i have discovered a few filling, easy recipes BUT they are not healthy. every kosher recipe seems to have 3 cups of sugar and flour and oil. it's horrible.

anyway, i've figured out how to make shnitzel after many tries and i bake, not fry, them.

i also make chicken wings which manages to fill gidon and it's very easy for me to make.

anyway, you're not alone!!

Kim said...

I had this issue the other night. I've taken to making home-made pasta, and a portion for one person is half a "lump" of dough. (1 lump = 2 eggs, 1 cup of flour.)

I fed boyfriend one portion of pasta, he seemed happy, and about half an hour later he started getting antsy. It was then required that I feed him a baked potato AND some fresh corn casserole.

Men.

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