I’ve spent most of my life being a student. A broke student. Even though I know I’m supposed to live for today and focus on the now, I still have a long list of things I will do or experience one day. When it comes to food the “one day…” sentences seem to be endless.
Some of the recipes I intent to try “one day” are recipes that require specific appliances and tools that I simply don’t have. Slow cookers seem to be very popular right now and I keep running into slow cooker recipes that I’m dying to try. But, alas, I don’t have a slow cooker and as far as I can tell they are expensive here in Iceland (like everything), so these recipes have been relegated to the “one day” list.
Others are so long and full of expensive ingredients that I simply cannot justify even thinking about trying them. Every time I go to grocery shopping I have to make sure I buy (mostly) things that I can use often or to make large batches I can freeze. Very specific ingredients I’m likely to use only a few times a year (if that) just don’t make the list. And in some instances the recipes include things I do not have access to.
I generally only ever cook for one, and most of the time I can’t be bothered to spend ages in the kitchen making something complicated/costly if the only person who is likely to eat it is me. That makes what I eat sometimes a little less exciting than I’d like for it to be, but one day maybe I’ll have a family and/or enough space to invite people over, and enough money to buy what I need for fancy dinner parties. One day!
And then there are the recipes I save because they look interesting, and then I just never get to it. I can’t even explain those.
And finally, some ingredients I’m afraid of. Almost anything with meat that isn’t just chicken or minced beef is almost terrifying. Artichokes. I really want to try them, but I’m afraid I’ll hate them (which is silly because I’ll generally eat almost anything).
Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries with Barley – I don’t think I’ve ever seen fresh brussel sprouts in Iceland, and as much as I’d love to try this I’d much rather do it when I have access to all the ingredients, enough money to not feel like I’m wasting it, and someone else around to eat it with.
Mango Citrus Cooler – I don’t have a blender!! *sad face* Also, what on earth is “Crystal Light lemonade mix”?! I hate recipes with ingredients that are specific to certain countries, but that’s a separate issue altogether.
Banoffee Pie – Banoffee pie is my favourite desert EVER! Seriously. I saw a frozen one in an Iceland supermarket recently, but I’d love to make my own. But where on earth do I get condensed milk around here?! *despair* I’ll figure it out…one day!
Fresh pasta. – I’d love to try making my own pasta, but I’d like to do it with good ingredients (not just regular flour), and I know I don’t really need a pasta machine, but it would be so much fun that way. 😛