I’m Martha Fucking Stewart

by Robyn

Well….not really. I’m more of the anti-Martha Stewart, as in I can’t cook. My past attempts have seen me forgetting major ingredients in cookies, adding way too much butter to homemade mac & cheese (that was a boiling hot buttery mess), as well as screwing up a “just-add-water” recipe. However, since I’ve started tracking my calories using the myfitnesspal app, learning how to cook is something that has been really important to me. I’m 25, it’s about time I learn to make something other than pasta or chicken caesar salads.

Last week, I was mystery gifted a slow-cooker by someone at work. Whoever gave it to me must have heard me talking about wanting one, because Tuesday morning I had gift bag sitting in my office.

So after watching various videos on youtube, I put my slow cooking skills to the test Sunday. I slow cooked myself a pork butt to make some tasty pulled pork sandwiches. Playing it safe since it was my first time, I just cut up a red onion and added a container of chicken stock, some salt & pepper and set it to a low simmer while I went to work.

Nine hours later I pulled out the pork butt, shredded it, smothered it in Dr. Pepper , piled it high onto two hamburger buns and dug in. So tasty. Definitely something I will be cooking again in the future.

My skills are still very basic. Mixing spices scare me. I considered doing a pork rub, but sadly I don’t trust myself to do it right. I also don’t think I had all the necessary ingredients, like mustard powder or cayenne. I’m more a salt & pepper, seasoning salt kind of gal.

I have been successful in a few other meals as of late. In the past month I’ve made stir-fry multiple times. It’s simple, allows me to load the dish with healthy vegetables, add beef or chicken, and choice of noodles or rice. I can also mix it up when it comes to the types of sauces I want to use, be it teriyaki, orange ginger or barbecue.

I picked up the recipe off the internet the other day for bacon wrapped chicken. This is a dish I’ll definitely be making again. It was so moist with a nice crispy. Not exactly “healthy” but it’s home cooking, and far better than me ordering pizza.

Cooking a lot more the last month has been really challenging, but also really rewarding for me. Since taking on the no spend challenge, I’ve had to be more creative because I can’t just pick up Subway on my way home from work anymore. This next month is going to be fun with my new slow cooker and I can experiment with different recipes.

Oh yea, I also cooked rice for the first time last week. That’s how I roll.

Have you ever really messed up a recipe? What’s your favourite dish to cook?

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One Comment to “I’m Martha Fucking Stewart”

  1. I’ve messed up SO many recipes! Mostly because I’m mathematically challenged, so when a recipe for roasted tomatoes called for 2 lbs of Roma tomatoes, I figured that was about six tomatoes. Six Roma tomatoes doesn’t begin to equal 2 lbs. That was a seriously salty disaster! But once you get comfortable with making the mistakes, you get a little braver. The thing I always try to remember (especially at the moment when I dissolve into tears on the kitchen floor) is that we learn from every disaster in the kitchen, and the absolute worst thing that will come of it is that the food goes in the trash and we order pizza. And I really like pizza. 🙂 I look forward to reading your other slow cooker adventures!

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