Have you seen Gordon Ramsey's newest series on Fox, MasterChef? I'm not sure if it's been on for awhile or if it just started, but Hubby and I saw it last night. In this food competition show, a group of "home chefs" are pitted against one another in various competitions and the losers are eliminated one by one. Yes, as a matter of fact, I DO realize this probably describes about 27 current "reality" cooking shows. And, yes, it's much like all the others except THIS one has Gordon Ramsey, and I kinda like him.
Anyway, last night the first challenge was that the chefs had to create a dish using only the ingredients found in their "mystery box"--they could use as many or as few as they wanted. (Yes, as a matter of fact, I DO realize this probably describes the competitions on about 27 current "reality" cooking shows. But again, Gordon Ramsey.)
So let me backtrack a little. Now that I'm back at work, Hubby's back in the kitchen, cooking dinner on week nights. And because we're watching what and how much we eat, I've been planning and selecting recipes for him and he does the actual cooking. This morning, though, Hubby asked me what he was supposed to cook for dinner, and I told him to pretend he's on MasterChef and create a meal from whatever he could find in a particular kitchen cupboard--it's one that has cans of different "stuff," seasonings, etc. BUT he had to make sure that whatever he served was around 400 calories or so.
You may be wondering what he decided to cook; I know I was! And that's why when he called me at work late this afternoon, I asked. "Tri-tip steaks," he replied. Yeah, you'd be correct in thinking I don't keep tri-tip steaks in the cupboard. Turns out he claimed to have forgotten his assignment. Mysteriously, he seemed to believe his mission was to rummage around in the freezer and find prime cuts of beef to grill. Men!
So now what? I can't exactly "fire" him from cooking dinner because that would mean the job would once again be mine. But maybe I managed to make him feel a little guilty, because he DID offer to do a bit of house cleaning tomorrow while I'm at work--at least he can get the construction dust off the shelves and things that are too tall for me to reach easily.
I bet Gordon Ramsey could make a healthy meal from what's in my cupboard, but I don't suppose he's very handy around the house with a duster. What do you think?