My plan last night was to make the Vanilla-Glazed Pork Chops with Cipollini Onions with Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter from the Cooking Light cookbook that I discussed a couple of days ago. It’s always good to have a plan, right? So lets take a look at last night in my kitchen.
A plan – check
A recipe – check
Ingredients (from the recipe which I added to my grocery list) – check
Time to make dinner – check
So what went wrong?
Let me count the ways.
It all began when I began prepping my ingredients. You know what? I’ll share those special moments while I show you the pictures from last night.
The wine. I like pouring wine from a wine glass when I’m cooking. Don’t know why, just do. And in hindsight, I probably should have just drank it. Because (second deep sigh) I read the recipe and saw the word vanilla in the ingredient list. I missed the BEAN part. Vanilla Bean. I decided to grab my bottle of vanilla and add a splash to the wine. How bad could it be?
Okay, I get the pan heated and put in the chops and onions. Things are looking up. Time to start prepping the asparagus. I go into my fridge and search high and low. (Third deep sigh) No asparagus. I forgot to buy it. Now what? I pull open the freezer drawer and find a bag of broccoli. Okay, that will work. I search the index of the cookbook for a broccoli recipe. I don’t find one. (Fourth deep sigh) The bag goes in the mircowave for six minutes.
After twenty minutes, I removed the pork chops and onions then mixed together the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and flour. The mixture got added to the wine sauce in the pan. I brought it to a boil and let cook another minute.
The sauce is ready, the rice is cooked and the broccoli is drained. Time for dinner. Plated my food then got my camera. My dinner is ready for its close-up. As I looked through lens I noticed the plate looked a little bland, boring, lifeless. White rice, white onions and not-so-browned pork chops since they were really steamed. Parsley would spruce up the plate, a little green. Oh, well. I set the camera aside, cut the pork chop in half and remove it to another plate for leftovers and cut into my first piece and take a bite. Moist. Then for some reason I glanced over at the sink. (Fifth deep sigh?)Yeah, my broccoli is still in the colander. That would have been my little bit of green on my plate.
(This picture could have been better.)
Fast forward to bedtime. I’d just rested my head on my pillow and my mind was racing with thoughts about this post (that what bloggers do, think 24/7 about their blog) and realized that when my husband came home (he was a little late) I served him dinner but forgot the onions. (Sixth deep sigh? I’m losing count.)
There you have it, a night in my kitchen. Sometimes I wondered how I’ve been able to feed my family all these years. But despite myself, dinner came out really well. Dinner with an ample side of SIGH. 🙂
The pork was moist, the onions were tender and the sauce was a little sweet but still had the integrity of the wine. All in all, this was a good meal. The index labeled the dish as Quick and Easy and it certainly was. This means it will most likely make another appearance on my dinner table in the near future. Hopefully, this means that I’ll have all the ingredients. You know, sometimes my friends worry about screwing up in the kitchen. I tell them it’s not the end of the world. My post tonight is case-in-point. There are times when you need to wing it and the most important part of winging it is to graciously accept the compliment and don’t explain. Just enjoy the moment. And the meal.
The Cookbook Diva