First off, I should note that cooking meat is "news" because I am a vegetarian. I was thinking I should do a more personal post and being veg is part of who I am. However, it isn't something I usually get into, unless someone asks. I know none of you asked, but here's my story!
I never much liked the taste or texture of meat growing up, but ate it because my parents made me. I was a really picky kid and didn't like to eat real food very much. I was mostly obsessed with candy. Oops. Once I was in high school, I could make my own decisions and pretty much cut out red meat when I was about 14 years old. I ate chicken and fish (a.ka. Long John Silvers) for about another year and I think became totally veg around 15 years old. BUT I still ate gravy for awhile. Shh. Oddly, the only thing I miss is gravy. Weird.
Once I got a little older, the whole thought of meat grossed me out too, so that became another reason. I put up with a lot of shit in high school and college with people not getting why I was vegetarian or trying to trick me into eating meat. It's gotten better over the years, but I generally think it should be a non-issue. I'm not concerned with what other people eat, so I think no one should be bothered by what I am (or am not) eating. Easy. I'm not out here to change opinions or preach or convert anyone. It really doesn't interest me, do your thing! If you love steak, by all means go for it. But if I eat tofu or a veggie burger, just lemme be too. Cool cool.
Anywho. My boyfriend is a carnivore and we usually fend for ourselves for dinner (but one of my resolutions/goals is to cook more!) or I'll make us meatless food. I'm not bothered especially by cooking meat, but I am not a big fan of the smell of it cooking. BUT I am a super awesome fantastic girlfriend, so I cooked him meat twice this week. Aren't I nice?
On New Year's Eve, I just made tacos, which is not super interesting or impressive, but whatevs, I'm taking credit. Ground meat is not attractive, but here's a bit to prove I cooked!
Then, my mother insisted that you have to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day, so you'll have money all year. Hmm. I guess I'm screwed. I ate some sauerkraut and made Jarrod this lovely pork tenderloin. A little more impressive? Yes, thank you.
I marinated it for a few hours in about 1 tbsp of worchestire sauce mixed with 1 tbsp of teriyaki sauce. I browned it on each side (medium heat), turned down the heat a little and simmered it covered (turning a few times) for about 45 minutes. I heard it was delish!!
Also, sadly my arm hurt for 2 days from mashing the potatoes. That's how I know I need to get back into working out. Lame.
Oh and I made myself (slight) hangover eggs and potatoes on New Year's Day morning. I added some cheese (duh), sour cream and tomatoes.
Anyone want to share any easy meat recipes with me to cook for the boyfriend? He will surely thank you! Also, did you eat any "traditional" New Year's Day foods?
Have a great weekend everyone!!