Ever since going gluten free, I've had to really step outside of my comfort zone with cooking. All of my tried and true recipes are off the table. It's been a little bit of an adjustment. Even though I love cooking and I do it well, making meals without wheat ingredients has been strange.
When it comes to cooking, I have a pretty good track record. Things don't burn on my watch. Seasonings always go together well. The new recipe that I am nervous about comes out excellently because I made it my way in the end. Except for the one time where the loaf of bread came out looking a little more like a butt, the food always has great presentation, too (by the way, the butt bread was the best tasting bread I have ever made! Of course, this was before my diagnosis.). Call me lucky, or call me obsessed. Either way, I don't ruin food. I just don't.
Well, until last night...
Last night I got started on a recipe that involved cannellini beans and summer squash. I was already a little bothered because I didn't like the way the seasoning was in the recipe. Mainly, because the seasoning was nonexistent, except for a mountain of oregano. I had already gone against my gut feeling on the oregano, and was determined to not ignore my intuition any longer, so I tried my best to balance out the seasonings. A little more salt here, some garlic there. The recipe already called for a small, but measured amount of pepper, but I wanted to add more. So, without looking at the pan or even the pepper container, really, I gave the pepper can 3 good shakes. I looked back and noticed that I had just dumped the entire can of pepper into the pan. Not sure what had just happened, I looked at my pepper can and noticed that I forgot to shut the spoon section of the divided lid. Oops.
There was a small area that wasn't completely blanketed in pepper, and it didn't even taste that good because I followed the recipe's direction on the oregano. It was getting kind of late and I was tired, so I had a good laugh and told Dan to order pizza.
The pizza, by the way, was very good. I approve of Domino's GF crust. It almost makes me want to ruin dinner more often.