An old writer’s trick says that if you don’t know what to write, you’d write about your cats. But here’s a true story: feeding them inspired me to make this 5 Bell Peppers Paella! With five different forms of bell pepper.
>> I’ll guarantee, it’s not cat food!
Our norms and values sometimes are so restricting, that it can be liberating to let them go every now and then. I do that when I fly solo, making dinner for one. I really cook different when I only need to feed myself. On those nights dishes like this Whole Wheat Pita Roll with Braised Greens, Butter beans and Miso come to live.
>> Strange, but good!
Cook with what you’ve got, not to throw any produce, is one of my (very few!) kitchen rules. Although I can always dump leftovers on my compost pile, to me, that still feels a bit like wasting it. But what to do with a tree overhanging with fruits that you’ll never be able to eat before season’s over? Besides giving them away generously, I try to put it in any dish. And thankfully, my apples of unknown variety are great in this sensational Spinach Lentil Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Nuts with Balsamic Mayonnaise.
>> Interested in my apple tree?
When I tell people in my cooking classes that probably the most difficult thing of cooking is to decide what to cook tonight, I’ll get a lot of smiling faces and glances of recognition. Because that IS the hardest part.
Also for me.
I also have those days that I really don’t know what to cook.
Every day again I’m making THE decision. What shall I cook tonight? What would I like to eat? What am I in the mood for?
If you’re tired of this answering this question, or would like to know how I stay inspired to find an answer on it every single day, read on.
As experienced as a cook I am, every now and then I suffer from a lack of cooking creativity. One of my rescues is this Pasta with spinach and any soft cheese.
>> Get the recipe!