I have made dinners before (usually something I can bake or put in the crockpot) but it is always for company and it is always from a recipe. Earlier this week I COOKED my husband dinner for maybe the first time ever, and I didn't even need a recipe. I have maybe made him a grilled cheese sandwich before and once I think I cooked him some eggs for breakfast, but dinner? Never. (well, I guess there was the lamb last week but the husband helped a little with that)
I made grilled chicken tacos with a fresh and warm corn, tomato and red wine vinegar onion salsa. There was also a side of black beans and queso fresco and avocado to put on top. It was delicious! I was shocked! I felt so good about it that I made desert too!
For desert I poached pears in white wine, then I stuffed the center with chopped up dates and pecans and put them in the oven. Meanwhile I made a syrup with brown sugar, water, a little wine, star anise, cloves and cinnamon. I drizzled it over the pear and done! Dessert! *I forgot to take a picture so I will recreate it and add at a later date
Next week is my last week of culinary class. I am sad. I have heard it said over and over that if you want to be a good pastry chef you need to be a good savory chef. I am determined to make that happen so I am going to try to cook at least once a week from now on. In theory, I should know how to do that now.