if you're cranky and you know it clap your hands
I had a very cranky weekend. I'd like to blame it on hormones, but the timing wasn't quite right for that, so I'm blaming it on everything and everyone else.
Being cranky tends to brings about one of two reactions in me. I either take to my bed, or I cook. This weekend I cooked.
Mr M didn't play his usual game of tennis with a friend on Sunday so he was home in the morning and requested a "nice family brunch but with no bacon, please." Fine. I made something that looked a bit healthier but is just as artery-clogging.
Know what that thing is? It's a giant, puffy oven pancake, aka a Dutch Baby or a Big German. Don't ask me where in the world it got those names. Mr M says we can't possibly call it a Big German around our house. In true Highlander fashion he claims "there can be only one", and I guess he thinks he's it. Heh.
It's really just your basic Yorkshire Pudding or popover batter of eggs, milk and flour minus the beef drippings. It can be served with fruit, maple syrup or a squeeze of lemon juice and a dusting of powdered sugar. This time I made caramelized apples to go with it and it was really good. It puffed up nicely but was already making its way downward when I took the picture.
Of course after downing all that you think you'll never be able to eat another bite. But then dinner time rolls around and you find yourself feeling a bit peckish after all.
Boneless chicken legs with a sausage, breadcrumb and parsley stuffing, basmati and wild rice mix and sauteed mushrooms, zucchini and grape tomatoes.
Yes, I did de-bone those chicken legs all by myself. It takes a while, but it's not difficult and I liked the result. The stuffing is very filling and one leg per person will usually suffice unless you are a Big German and then you might need two.
So my family was satisfied and I'm slightly (but only slightly) less cranky today.
One more thing - if you're as tired of looking at my boring old kitchen countertop as I am, take heart, dear reader. As of February 2007 I'm getting a brand new kitchen. Whooo!
If that doesn't cheer me up, nothing will.