Tuesday, August 9, 2011
From the culinary sense, I'm not always inspired.
Take tonight for example. After spending an entire day traveling across the country, I just wasn't in the mood to create a wonderful meal worthy of a photograph. As we sometimes say, I just needed to fill the hole.
It's too bad all of my fresh produce went to waste while I was gone - perhaps it was because I failed to turn on the A/C while I was away - creating a nice welcome of 94 degrees and fruit flies upon my arrival. Lesson learned.
I had to go with my instincts. A few thawed chicken breasts, a can of green beans, and a can of diced tomatoes. Maybe throw in some garlic, a dash of dried oregano, and maybe, just maybe - yes, an aged tidbit of leftover parmesan left from a dinner party before leaving for my trip.
I'm in business.
Heat up the cast iron, add a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, then quickly saute some garlic . . . the smell is heavenly - and suddenly I don't feel like I'm sitting next to some old dude on Southwest Airlines anymore. Add in the chicken to sear for flavor; salt, pepper, oregano . . . turn on television, flip chicken, add diced tomatoes - deglaze - drain green beans - add to pan - simmer. simmer. simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, top with cheese. Voila.
Sitting down I realize that I sub-consciously created an outstanding, inspired meal. Up the stairs, grab the camera, snap a pic . . . and savor the flavor. Just what I needed.
That's all for now - but I gotta ask . . . What inspires you?