It’s nice to be a Dude. Just as it is Dudey to be nice. I like my Dude life. Especially when I throw a new recipe in the deep fryer or when I hear the sweet sound of a pork chop sizzling in a pan.
But the next few weeks there will be no abundance of deep frying or sizzling chops in this house.
The only chops that get hot the coming months are these dudes own pork chops. From running around and frantically doing the housekeeping.
A lot of you loyal readers already might know that the Misses of the house has had a severe accident early December.
She has chosen to prematurely end a dogsled tour by crashing full frontal onto a Norwegian oak. Now she is chained to a hospitalbed in the living room with a broken foot on the left and a shattered ankle on the right.
Such accidents are the perfect recipe for an all inclusive holiday at home in bed. Resulting in the fact that Dude truly has been appointed to organize the ‘all inclusive’ part.
Everybody knows that there is advantage in the word ‘disadvantage’, and I thought that this would be also true in this case. For I could do everything in the kitchen without intervention of the Misses. Happy days for Dude Food. So I thought…
With the Misses in bed I eagerly started cooking burgers, hotdogs and roasted potatoes; Dude Food Heaven.
But this Dudefest lasted not more than a week, after which the first complaints were thrown into the kitchen.
From the hospitalbed remarks like: “You only cook unhealthy food”, and “Why are you feeding me stuff like that? I am feeling like a stuffed turkey!”, were fired into the kitchen in rapid succession.
And I hate to admit it, but the Misses was right.
So I had to say goodbye to the deepfryer for now and start to cook more healthy food.
And for the better part of the healthy cooking thing I don’t have a friggin clue about how to prepare that stuff.
The Misses was adamant in wanting healthy food and found the solution in shooting the healthy cook instructions from her bed into the kitchen.
With me following her orders like a mindless automaton. So for the Misses sake, I transformed into a kind of robot; a cook robot.
I felt like the C3P0 of the sink or better still: the R2D2 of food.
Without a thought things like brocolli and carrots appear in my hands, and completely according to instructions, they disappear into a slowjuicer.
The fun part is that, although I am cooking a dish, it’s still a surprise to me what I am going to eat.
For example this strange, but tasty recipe. Shakshouka. Never heard of it before, but I just made it nonetheless.Print
- 1 tbsp of butter
- 3 spring onions
- 450 gr of green vegetables (we used courgette, sugarsnaps, asparagus and fennel) Sliced thinly or in cubes
- 1/2 tsp of cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes (or tabasco if you don’t have flakes)
- 2 handfuls of green leafy greens (we used kale and spinach, but you can add parsley, basil, fennel front, beetroot leaves etc.)
- sea salt and fresh black pepper
- 2-3 eggs
- 3 tbsp of pesto
- 4 tbsp of cheese (any cheese you like)
- Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the spring onions, green vegetables and the cumin. Saute for 5-7 minutes. Add the chili flakes and the leafy greens and let them wilt for a bit. Season with salt and peper and stir the pesto through it.
- Create two or three divots in your mixture and crack the eggs in. Reduce the heat to low, sprinkle the cheese on and put a lid on and cook for about 5 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.