Sunday enchiladas were a success. Surprising my host, I know. I think he was completely prepared to order pizza as he had threatened that it was on speed dial. I do not doubt that. In the past, I did rely, heavily, on preparing salads if and when I chose to make dinner. Part of my comfort zone and also something that I like to eat. This year, I want to expand my culinary skills and so I have been attempting dinners on Sunday. Enchiladas first and last weekend, Bibimbop. A delightful Korean dish that I experienced while in route to Vietnam. It was the only meal that I enjoyed flying. They fed us multiple times on the flight. There was a fish option, pasta and then, this. Such an improvement over the other options. It sort of stayed with me since I have returned. I am looking forward to finding a banh mi, too. I have thought about venturing on South Federal to locate some pho or a banh mi. Just haven't made time for it as of yet.
So, I offered to make dinner last Sunday and again sensed Maghan's apprehension. How could he politely suggest that I order pizza or not even bother with cooking? Thankfully, he did not go this route and kept his thoughts to himself. He let me explore this newfound sense of what I would like to do.
I considered a few different recipes before committing to my cookbook recipe. I have a vegetarian inspired cookbook that has always come through for me. In hindsight, I should have used beef as it is more traditional and gives it a flavor profile that is not recreated with only vegetables and spices. Still, it was tasty and another success.
This weekend, I am at a loss. Initially, I thought I would have more time to contemplate the meal as my friend would be gone for the weekend. Then a storm system altered his plans. I will be vigilant and find something to showcase my developing skills. No salad or easy appetizer with wine to distract him or myself.
I could do another ethnic dish. Maybe a noodle bowl. I have been craving pho since I returned to Vietnam. Or stirfry. It's been awhile since I have eaten that. I love ginger, garlic, vegetables. Delicious! I think that may be the way to go.
In other news, I have been dealing with the tagging of my car. It's been a process. I purchased the car in Santa Fe and received the title via mail a week ago. When I brought all of my paperwork to the DMV they refused to grant me the tag since the guy I bought the car from had signed his name differently than what was on the title. I must now wait for him to sign a form stating that he is one and the same person.
I was forced to purchase a temporary tag and then they tack on a percent if you use a credit card to pay sales tax. It's beyond annoying. All of this because some chick was text messaging and ran a red light and plowed into my car. Talk about inconvenient!
I am off to run a few errands and prep for the oncoming snow. Work, maybe yoga (although last Friday I was uninspired by the instructor's flow so I think I will skip tonight) and then dinner with Florida Andy. Looking forward to that and checking out a new eatery in Denver. It's going to be a great day!