Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mommy wow! I'm a big kid now.

In my effort to be a better husband, I attempted to make Jennica dinner tonight...for the 1st time since we've been married.
Note that previous attempts at this (when I was still an ambitious lad and courting her), resulted in me scraping the burn off of a grilled cheese sandwich while her tomato soup from a can was getting cold. That's what ambition will get you. Stupid grilled cheese. I never get it right.

But, what with me being off work and all I figured I had a full day to prepare a meal that would otherwise take a skilled cook 2 hours. This should be no problem!

And actually, it wasn't. I even had time to nap, walk the dog, nap some more, and visit friends.

What did I make? A Moroccan stew in Jennica's Tagine. What's a Tagine? It's a clay pot and lid, with a hole at the top for venting. You put a bunch of ingredients into the bottom, cover it, and let them simmer. This particular stew turned out really well, and I'm proud of my efforts. What was in the stew?

Chicken marinaded in lemon juice, Tumeric, and garlic. I didn't know what was technically a "clove" of garlic and had to look this up.
Onions. Lots of Onions. I cried.
Harissa sauce (I made from scratch. Ha!)!
Artichoke Hearts. I heart them.
Cilantro. I had to look up how to chop this.
Chicken stock.
Some sugar and spices.
It's served over Couscous.

Kudos to Jennica for trusting me to use the sharp knives and for being patient. She rules.
No more "My First Kitchen" for me!

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  1. I'm impressed! Nice work, Kelly. I think you and Cardy should collaborate on a dinner for the ladies.

  2. I don't know, I'm kind of a kitchen bitch now. Territorial, you know. Does he have his own knives? If so, then I'll think about it. And he needs an apron.

  3. Bonus points for Kelly! That actually looks really incredible! Like really really incredible! You should add the link to the recipe you used - I've been dying to cook something with harissa.
    Heh - I think Devon can relate to the grilled cheese and soup [super sweet and thoughtful of him, nevermind the tiny specks of tomato soup splattered all about the kitchen :)]

  4. Dude that looks freaking amazing. Jennica was making me jealous with her descriptions of the dinner-to-be on the way home.

    P.S. you're not the only one who always burns grilled cheese

  5. Kelly, after learning a lot about cooking in my 10 years with Jen, I still maintain that grilled cheese is one of the hardest things to cook right. I've made elaborate, time-consuming dishes, yet I STILL burn the damn grilled cheese! (In fact just this week I celebrated NOT burning any sandwiches for the first time in months!)