I set the heavy, steaming saucepan on a cork trivet in the middle of the bright pink linoleum tablecloth. We start to spoon out generous servings of this aromatic and hearty dish, made from ingredients that humans have consumed since nearly 10,000 B.C. Upon first taste, my friends all rejoice in its utter deliciousness—so many textures, tastes and colors contributing to such a flavorful and substantial dish. We are eating mujadarra, a popular Middle Eastern dish made with rice, lentils, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper. That’s it! This dish took just 5 minutes of active prep time to make and another 40 minutes of nothing (email reading, TV watching, laundry, homework, etc.) This one-pot meal that’s so tasty and healthy (virtually no fat, loads of protein) is so simple and inexpensive to make.
Hello and welcome to Bon App Y’all! My hopes with this blog are to promote the cooking and enjoyment of delicious and beautiful, yet simple and affordable dishes. I believe that far too few people today cook at home. America’s health and obesity problems can in large part be traced to the rise of eating out and the consumption of greater quantities of processed foods as opposed to natural, fresh, often raw ingredients.
I also believe that cooking is easier than most might think. People often fret over exact measurements and specific ingredients, when, in reality, precision is not terribly crucial. In fact, I usually improvise when cooking; I very rarely measure, and I frequently substitute, add and/or omit ingredients according to my personal taste, what I do or don’t have in my kitchen, or any produce that’s about to go bad and needs to be used).
Finally, cooking yourself is much more economical and healthful than eating out or ordering in. It is often tastier and usually even quicker than traveling to and eating at a restaurant. I feel that we as Americans could benefit from an increase in home cooking, providing us with more nutritious, cheaper and more enjoyable meals overall.
I plan to regularly include recipes and pictures of what I’ve been cooking recently, including many foods (i.e. breads, gratins, soufflés, etc.) that sound and have connotations of being difficult, but in reality are quite simple and quick to make! Thank you for your interest, comments and suggestions! Bon App Y'all!