I've never considered myself a cook. As in, I can't cook. Or bake. Unless you want tacos or some cakebox cookies. I can handle those two things tolerably well.
So when I got my produce on Saturday and included were some artichokes, I was lost as to what to make with them. I steamed them and they turned out horribly. Luckily, the hearts were still edible, so I made up a recipe for them. Yes, made it up. And miraculously it turned out pretty dang well.
Here's out it went down:
3/4 cup artichoke hearts (cubed)
1 1/4 cups tomatoes (cubed)
1 cup onions (diced)
1 1/2 T. minced garlic
3 T. olive oil
I cooked the above ingredients in a skillet until the onions were getting clear (truth be told, I cooked the garlic and onions in the oil for a bit before adding the tomatoes and artichokes.)
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup flour
I whisked the above together, then poured it into the hot skillet with everything else, adding about 3 tablespoons of butter. It thickened up pretty quickly, which I was pretty pleased about. I think the 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese helped with that, too.
I cooked some elbow macaroni and added my sauce/paste on top. Seriously, when I dared take a bite, I was shocked that it didn't taste like dirt. Like I said, it was a miracle. It tasted way good. Even my roommates agreed, and they don't lie. ... often.
A couple days before this recipe, I made fajitas, sans meat. They were way good, too. Seriously, I'm suddenly becoming a competent female! Ha ha. I included onions, bell peppers and tomatoes, plus garlic, olive oil, seasoning salt and lime juice. Mmmm.
So in conclusion, this whole vegetarian thing is pretty fun. I kinda wanted a hamburger today, but that passed pretty quickly. Not that I won't eat one come Monday. Or maybe I'll just start with some tuna.
P.S. I've been watching the old school BBC version of "Pride and Prejudice." I forgot how funny it is. And how awesome Colin Firth is. The Lizzy in the version still kinda bugs me, but everything else is pretty spectacular. Just sayin'.