Slow and Steady
Its late and I still need a shower before we start Shabbat. We went on a family outing this morning and so I didn't get a chance to start cooking until 2pm. Of course, today of all days I choose to cook dishes with long prep times. When will I learn.
We are invited out to lunch tomorrow, so its just tonight's meal that I need to prepare. One of our friends is coming to visit this weekend, and my oldest is now on vacation. Our total count is a measly nine. No complaining, but dinner will likely be short.
I like making Onion soup. I find it an exercise in patience. First I cut up 5-6 large onions and put them in a non-stick pot with a little oil. Then I put it on medium heat and stir every few minutes. After about an hour, this big pile of onions in now a small pile of lightly golden onions. This is where I loose patience. If I would just wait a bit, the color should deepen. I bit in this case is probably another 30 minutes. I just can't do it. As soon as I start to see that dark color on a few random bits, I give it another five minutes and call it quits. Better to have ok soup than to burn the onions.
The other thing I made today was Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. This looks really nice. It the first time I've made a roux and then dumped in vegetables to stop its cooking. Once again, I probably should have waited a few more minutes. I got a nice peanut color from the roux, but it could have been much darker before it burned.
Shabbat Parshat Pinchas
Dinner - 9
Onion soup (from scratch)
Stir fried chicken
Stir fried vegetables (Zucchini, peppers and carrots)
Corn on the Cob