January was a really long month. Really long. And I’ll be honest, I did not do as much roasting as I thought I would. I kind of got a little bit sick of it. My chicken adventures certainly made for some good stories and the beef I roasted was delicious. I feel confident in my ability to roast a variety of veggies and I can get a nice crispy potato. I can do all of these things without a recipe and have added them into my cooking repertoire.
The thing that I am most proud of this month is how we used our leftovers. My husband and I don’t have any kids, and while we love to eat, even we can’t eat a whole chicken or a whole beef roast, so we had a lot of leftover protein. I got creative.
With chicken number 1 we made enchiladas and chicken salad, both without recipes. The enchilada sauce was from a can, but it was still a really good start for us. Both were delicious and I even added acid to my chicken salad and I think it really improved it.
The beef roast gave us two delicious dinners. First I made some horseradish mayo and we had beef sandwiches.
Then I got crazy and made some roast beef hash. I sauted some onions and green pepper, roasted potatoes in the oven and combined that all with the beef. I was getting excited about egg month and decided to put some eggs on top and bake the whole thing in the oven. Here is what I learned: it is really hard to tell when the baked eggs are done. Good thing it’s February and I can work on it. We topped it all with cheese and salsa and it was fantastic. All done without a recipe. I know I never would have even tried to do any of this free form cooking before.
So all in all, not a bad month. I will continue to roast without a recipe. On to the eggs.