we broke in my newfound independance this weekend by reading a lot of cookbooks and crowding around the sink, the stove, the cutting boards.
out of the hundred-odd recipes we spent time dooling over, we finally settled on homemade veg-friendly caesar salad, salt and pepper tofu, thinly sliced asian beef with chili jam sauce, and vegetable dumplings with just-like-shanghai chili sauce at various points over the last two days. Throw in some hummus, fresh bread, sicilian olives, spicy eggplant, fresh parmesan, pesto artichokes, and roasted red peppers stuffed with provolone and prosciutto, and you might be right in assuming we were nearly ready to explode.
by far my favourite, out of everything we toiled over, was the salt and pepper tofu - panfried and lightly dusted with a chinese peppercorn/salt mixture, along with fresh coriander and chives, it made for a tasty snack two days in a row.
ps - I'm about 80% unpacked from my move. There is discarded cardboard everywhere. Want some boxes?