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Over the weekend we were hanging out with friends and the women were mentioning a site called thescramble.com/.  It's a site that sends you five dinner/menu plans a week.  The recipes have all been tested to be healthy and relatively easy to make, and it even does fancy things like let you swap recipes out, pick things that conform to certain food restrictions, or print out a weekly grocery list for you.  Of course, the fancy stuff requires registration.  But they have a sample week's menu up so last night I decided to cook dinner. 

(This is somewhat rare, only in that I can count on my fingers the number of times I have cooked for J.  We weren't at my place very often, and I am really good at one person meals after many years of practice.  I also am not a good experimental cook, though I will happily try a new recipe.)

So cooking.  I decided to make the salsa-mango chicken.  I learned that apparently mangos are my enemy.  Seriously by the time I finished cutting up the mango I had bandaids on two of my fingers, and probably a little more fruit than I should have in the trash.  <Sigh>  I would also like to learn to cook rice without having a layer of it stick to the bottom of the pan.  But other than those two mishaps dinner was yummy.  It was easy and nutritious, and look at me being all domestic and cooking for my man when he arrives home from work.

Except for the part where J was at work late last night.  So his meal had been ready for an hour when he got here.  Perhaps that is a sign that this domestic stuff is not for me.  That, or the bandaids.

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Mangoes.....Talk to heather. She is a pro. Or maybe that is avocadoes.(Okay, It is saying I spelled that wrong, but if mangoes is mangoes, then I am not spelling avocadoes avocados.)

Rice.....Buy a rice cooker. Press button, 40min later, rice.

HA. I was gonna say, "Ask Wil about having mangoes as an enemy", and you didn't even mention what I was thinking of.

(And as an apartment dweller, I say no to rice cookers. I don't eat enough rice to justify ceding two square feet of shelf space to a unitasker.)

Edited at 2009-06-23 07:22 pm (UTC)

Yeah, a rice cooker doesn't seem like the best use of space to me and I don't make rice often enough to warrant it. Just often enough to learn how to cook it without sealing a layer to the pan.

I can do avocados without problem. In fact the issue is that I was trying to treat the mango like an avocado but the center seed pod thingy is different and therefore it did not work.

I think I need to find out how much space will be in the new kitchen before I can consider any new appliances.

Well, salsa mango chicken with rice SOUNDS really good and I'm sure the effort was appreciated.

Probably the heat was too high on the rice. When I make it I turn the burner as low as it will go.

Both J and AliceL (his roommate) enjoyed it a lot so it was still a succesful dinner, just eaten in stages.

That could be it, the recipe called for browning some onion in oil in the pan first, so I may have had the heat too high from that.

Ooh, I clicked on the link -- that mango dish sounds yummy!

Here's an easy way to cut a mango. It's in the first part of the video. Very clever -- I never would have thought of it!

Edited at 2009-06-23 07:02 pm (UTC)

Thank you for that video on mango cutting - it makes so much sense that way. I was trying to go down the center like I would with an avocado - I was thinking the seed pod in the center was larger.

And the dinner was very yummy, if a little less mango-ey than it was supposed to be.

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