Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lunch : : Whole Wheat Egg Noodles with Homemade Pasta Sauce

I hate directions. I'm the type of person who gets lost because I don't pay attention to the GPS even though it's screaming at me. I'm also the type of person who "loses" the manual to her new electronic device or kitchen appliance and somehow figures out how to put it together herself.

The same goes for cooking. I think I've realized why I loathed cooking up until recently: directions make the process seem time-consuming and difficult. That doesn't make much sense, right? I mean, directions should make things easier. And I'm sure they do, but when I see a list of ingredients and instructions in front of me, I become overwhelmed, give up and order pizza.

And that, my friends, is why I started experimenting. Confession time: Every single recipe I've ever posted has been an experiment. Gotcha! I get hungry, open a cookbook, get bored, throw a few ingredients together and come up with something completely my own... then take photos, eat and post! Some concoctions turn out better than others. Today's dish is, well... it looks like Ed's Special Sauce.

INGREDIENTS: Olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, shredded mozzarella cheese (or soy equivalent), one whole tomato. INGREDIENTS THAT SHOULD BE ADDED NEXT TIME: Garlic and onion. The sauce just did not have enough flavor. Sad!

{photo sources: one, two}


  1. Ha! This morning I was just thinking why I don't cook. I live with my mother,so I have an expert cook in the house, but I was wondering why I don't feel the urge to cook when I'm alone. And the answer dawned on me: I don't feel inspired. And I don't experiment. I just can't! I'm looking for simple recipes that I can follow. Too many ingredients bore me!Some day I think I'll find my way to the kitchen (right now it's only for making desserts), but I have to work on that inpiration thing...a lot!

  2. I actually really love to cook, and I read cookbooks from cover to cover. BUT I don't follow recipes, I learn from the cookbooks, and then make things my own. I typically write down winning items so that I don't forget their loveliness....

    PS I LOVE this photo!

  3. Hello Stephanie Loudmouth, pleased to meet you! And thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I always play it safe and follow cookbooks but your pasta looks delicious - maybe it's time I started freewheeling?

  4. I'm completely the opposite. I get overwhelmed by the thought of experimenting and never know which seasonings and herbs go together. Cookbooks are my saving grace.

  5. OMG, I'm sick and that still looks delicious to me! Bummer about it not being flavorful enough to me.

  6. Love this post!!!Your pasta looks delicious, unfortunately I am not a good cooker!

  7. I ALWAYS read cookbooks and follow every single step because I am a terrible cook. Funny thing is, whatever I try to make comes out perfectly the first time... and terribly the second one. That's why I almost never follow the same recipe twice :)

  8. That looks pretty tasty. I'm a bad cook but I feel with enough cheese anything is possibly tasty.

  9. I use a combination of alcohol, cookbooks, and what's in my pantry/fridge when deciding what's for dinner.

    Also, learning basic knife skills and sauteeing onions are the first two things any cook should know. The knife skills were a turning point for me in cooking. I've always loved to cook, but knowing proper technique made my food quicker and easier to prepare, it looked better, cooked more evenly, etc...all around win.

  10. I love to cook and I don't use recipes either. I think that's why I don't really like baking- you can't improvise nearly as much because it's so scientific, and it IS boring and tedious to follow a recipe.

  11. I swear when I read directions on recipes I always miss something. It's like my eyes purposely miss an important step. So now I re-read and re-read! haha

    Shasie of Live Life in Style


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