I think there are several distinct phases of cooking a person goes through after giving birth.
First, there's the part where you eat whole tubs of chocolate dusted almonds and crackers and call it a meal, because you just pushed a HUMAN out of your LADY BITS and you will EAT whatever you GOSHDAMN PLEASE. ROAR.
Then, there's the part where food arrives magically at dinner time because your friends are nice people.
Then, there's the part where you memorize the phone numbers of the pizza place and the ramen place.
Then, you start cooking again. But only stupid-easy stuff like chickpea salads and pasta.
And then, eventually, perhaps even several months later....you get your kitchen mojo back.
I think we've reached mojo stage here, folks, because this last weekend I made paneer.
I followed the recipe in One-Hour Cheese, and then--as the book suggests--we fried the paneer up to make some snack-y cabbage wraps.
If you are a novice cheese maker, I highly recommend this book. It's basically just variations on fresh ricotta, but they're good variations.
A few other books that are helping with our return-to-real-cooking?
- Greens + Grains by Molly Watson. The boys are lukewarm, but the basic soup in this one is my new addiction.
- Pigs, Pickles, and Whiskey by John Currence. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but only because it all looks so awesome that I can't decide where to start.
What new cookbooks are inspiring you to get into the kitchen these days?