I know, I know… I’ve gotten really bad about posting and writing. I could blame it on the fact that our kitchen is completely non-functional and kind of gutted (yay for remodeling), but it started before that. What’s sad is that I had made a couple of really tasty dishes and wanted to write about them, but I just didn’t have the time to sit down and put it all together. One was this Spinach and Rice Casserole, that I tweaked by sometimes adding chopped water chestnuts. I also just use frozen spinach, since we have that more often that fresh spinach. It’s really tasty and the brown rice makes it a little chewier.
There’s also the lentil, sweet potato, and walnut dish I threw together based on this recipe and also the one on Epicurious. We had leftover sweet potatoes (I rarely have butternut squash in the house) and I was craving something easy, tasty, and vegetarian. I also kept forgetting there were walnuts in there and I’d be chewing, wondering what that nutty, yummy, bite was. I would probably try mixing in yogurt or sour cream next time, to give it a little more moisture and something of a sauce, since I found the whole thing a little dry.
So, this kitchen thing. It started as a bathroom quasi-remodel. I just wanted my awful purple bathroom to be gone. Or at least not purple.
Btw, those are not my knick knacks… that picture was from my walkthrough before we bought the house.
We tore it all out, and by “we” I mean, of course, “T”, because there is no way I could pull those cabinets off by myself. That was kind of a project in itself, since pulling cabinets and the vanity off meant some pain came with it. I started peeling the paint off along the edges, but it just kept coming off in large pieces. I guess at some point the paint decided to stop adhering to the paint beneath it and was just peeling off in sheets. Practically the entire ceiling came off and most of the wall. We bought a new vanity and cabinets from Ikea, but we ended up there during their kitchen sale PLUS their “no sales tax” sale and, as you know, San Diego’s sales tax went up a percentage point. So, this big sale was, like, almost 20% off. To make a long store short, we ended up buying the kitchen cabinets while we were there and then started taking the kitchen apart.
I suppose I knew this going in, but I didn’t really understand how limited you are when you have no kitchen. More importantly, when you have no kitchen sink. I can actually figure out how to cook a lot things on the grill and with the side burner on the grill, but I can’t use pots or pans that can’t be washed in the bathroom sink! I did do a flap steak with Bertolli ravioli (in a small pot) on the grill, and that was a pretty fine meal, but that’s probably the last thing I cooked since the kitchen was gutted.
But, the cabinets are in the garage and I’m putting them together. The cabinets will be installed in a couple of weeks and once the counters are in I’ll be back in business!