Sometimes, Mike and I get excited and over commit. Whether it be three racks of ribs, four challahs, six types of pie or an 18-pound brisket, our freezer and our bank account bear the brunt of our culinary ambitions. Our foodie dreams take over and pretty soon we find ourselves exhausted, knee deep in dishes and a huge pile of culantro leaves.
No, that was not a typo. We meant to buy Cilantro and bought Culantro instead. Do you need some? Because we have a bunch.
This weekend, Mike realized his dream of a Thai-inspired Superbowl menu. It was loosely inspired by a visit to Lat14 a few weeks ago, where we had an incredible meal that Mike wanted to recreate. So on Saturday, with Hannah as his trusty sidekick in the bucket seat, Mike visited four (Four!) Asian markets to pick up necessities I had never heard of like Nam Prik Pao (chili paste) and galangal (I still don’t understand what this is), among others.
Our kitchen got a serious workout Sunday afternoon. Sam and I struggled for creative control over an arduous batch of cupcakes, which we had to pause halfway through to go to the store and buy oil. Meanwhile, Mike peeled shrimp, chopped vegetables and herbs, and made his own stock for the Tom Yum soup. Oh, and he also stir fried some Bok Choy and oven baked some chicken wings which would later get a bath in a mysterious and delicious sticky Asian sauce. And he made some cheese dip, because it was the Superbowl after all.
And was it worth it? Absolutely. That soup in particular was one of the most flavorful things that has ever entered my mouth, it was no-holds barred delicious.
A less enlightened version of myself may have gotten stressed out about the immense pile of dishes and general destruction that came out of this. But yesterday, I decided to just embrace the chaos and go with the flow. Cooking is a labor of love and creative outlet for both of us, and that is (almost always) worth it.
Until We Meet Again,
Two Happy Cooks
P.S. Mike did the dishes before leaving the house at 5AM for a trip to Arkansas today 🙂