Whoa there, young’en! One question at a time! First off, thank you for the compliment. Let me fill in the other folks on a few details and then I will answer your questions.
I recently decided to do some massive cooking. Since my brother passed, my mother has not been eating well. Her idea of a meal is two chicken strips. No joke or exaggeration. She eats no veggies and little fruit and she has never liked breads. So, I told her I was in the mood to do some cooking and she was welcome to share in it all.
I hate cooking. Cooking hates me. I can screw up boiling water. Over my many years, I have really tried to cook but it rarely turns out. My kids used to run screaming in terror when I said I was going to try a new recipe I found. A friend could use the same recipe and it would be wonderful, but mine would taste like a two-year old just threw in random ingredients.
Then, during my cooking frenzy, I discovered something wonderful! I made a large amount of the following: Tuna casserole, chili, split pea soup and spaghetti. I used our rarely used food processor and loaded each up with pureed vegetables. You really don’t notice them being in there, but they are there! HA! Mom will get vegetables! I put them in small containers so anyone can grab one out of the freezer and have a meal. And guess what? THEY ALL WERE EATABLE! They were actually good! How did I do it? I didn’t follow any recipe. I made it up as I went because I was focused on getting my mother some actual food that will do her good.
Now, I can answer the questions from above.
I don’t have any idea how I made such wonderful and tasty meals and NO I have not always been able to do so! Can I teach you? No way. I will be lucky if it ever happens again! Maybe the trick is for me to never pick up a recipe again. All I need to know are the basic ingredients and then I just let my mind flow free and throw it in all willy-nilly. Kind of like a two-year old.
And this concludes another episode of Ask GrannyK, where I have helped nobody. I hope you enjoyed it!