Originally Posted by falconbrother
OK, let me lay the ground work here. I can't cook for sh!t. I lack that gene. My idea of a good meal was when I got an MRE that wasn't freeze dried pork.
I have read many of your post on recipes and have come to a conclusion, it's magic. It's friggin voodoo. You get a big cauldron, throw in some vegan eye of newt and hair of dragon and there it is, dinner. I have tried to cook. I can grill and I can stir fry. But, throw in an oven and I'm lost. My past attempts at cooking when it requires more than two ingredients is usually bad.
This is some sad stuff. My idea of a good quick, warm, vegetarian meal is:
Minute Rice and mushroom soup all mixed together. That's right. The best I got could choke a vulture. Heck, I though C rations was good eatin (Yes, I'm dating myself).
So, you extremely cool and talented cooks have this rare opportunity to throw me a bone. What easy meal ideas can you hook me up with? It's gotta be real world.
If you haven't yet, get yourself the proper tools to cook, more than just pots and pans. That and a well stocked pantry including a wide variety of herbs/spices.
Some kitchen essentials (imo):
A good knife set.
A quality pot and pan set (I have had the same stainless set for about 20 years now)
An immersion blender (I recently got one and do not know how I lived w/o it)
A food processor
A nice set of mixing bowls
A pressure cooker/pressure cooker set (I went all out on a nice set 3-4 years ago) imo indispensable for cooking beans/whole grains and brown rice. I do not own a rice cooker as I can cook perfect rice with my pressure cooker and very quickly.
Look up recipes that you'd like to try ahead of time and make a list of ingredients... buy them.
Here's a quick and delicious split pea soup I make all the time (now that I have an immersion blender)
1 large onion
1 tbsp chopped galic
1 1/2 cup (heaping) dried spit peas
1 tbsp hot curry powder
5 cups of veggie broth or 5 cups of water with veggie bullion
Saute the chopped onions (in about 1/4 cup water) for 2-3 min and then add garlic and continue sauteing for another 2-3 min.
Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil then reduce and simmer for 45-50 min until peas are softening.
Remove from burner and have at it with the immersion blender until smooth.
Edit to add:
Learning to cook won't happen overnight, lots of trial and error as you figure out what you like and how to adjust recipes to your liking (or what you have on hand), but it's not rocket science either.
Personally I enjoy the heck out of it, always have, and am the primary cook in our house, partly because I'm a control freak about what I eat and party because I will only eat my wife's cooking if I have no other choice, lol. It's a good family time and I taught all 3 of our kids to cook, now with them gone it's time spent visiting with my better half about our day.