Kitchen Stadium

Every year I try to undertake a few self-improvement initiatives – sort of like resolutions but more habits that I hope to adopt for the long-haul. Recently, I’ve been making more of a conscious effort to waste less. This applies to many things… generating garbage, buying clothes I never wear, keeping the faucet running while brushing, and most commonly buying food only to let it rot.

The last one is especially fun because it consequently forces me to push my culinary limits. For example, my roommates and I have a frequent habit of individually stocking up on bananas and ending up with too many for the group. My “no waste” policy compelled me to bake some banana bread last month that seemed to go over well with the roommates and car-pool. After our second banana boom I decided to try my hand at bananas fosters (flambe and all). I used this recipe from Brennan’s (minus the banana liqueur – didn’t have any) and we devoured the full batch.

Last weekend we threw a housewarming party for which we purchased an excessive amount of food and drink. Incidentally, over the course of 6 hours, most of the food was eaten. And the left-over beverages have a fairly long shelf life. We did, however, end up with a large bag of unused limes… So this weekend, I knocked out about three limes in these awesome lime cookies. I’m hoping to use up the rest this week when I try out this ceviche recipe.

What I’ve found is that this Iron Chef concept of a single “secret ingredient” makes cooking more fun. Not only does it lighten the burden of deciding what to cook, but it imposes the enjoyable challenge of working within fixed constraints. Most importantly, it helps me discover new recipes that I would normally overlook… Lime cookies are surprisingly delicious!


1 Response to “Kitchen Stadium”

  1. 1 Sunil March 12, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Absolutely commendable – I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone in the US with an outlook quite like yours – well done for making the effort – in just about everything it seems!

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