Single gals who, like me, enjoy eating (and cooking) adventurous food have a tough lot in life. (And not just because we have to dine solo at the table with only Anderson Cooper to keep us company.) It's far easier (and cheaper) to prepare meals and test out new recipes when cooking for more than one person, and as such, I often struggle with justifying the purchase of lots of ingredients for a dinner that will only serve me. The pockets on my two-year-old Joe's "Honey" jeans only run so deep, and in these difficult economic times, I have to be practical about what I lob into my shopping cart at Whole Foods.
One of the ways I try to save money is by planning out my meals several days ahead of time so that when I try a new recipe I can use up the extra ingredients for other meals that week. This past Friday, I made a delicious orzo veggie dish with feta cheese and garbanzo beans, and on Monday I decided to use some of the feta and orzo to make the highly tauted Orzo with Shrimp, Feta Cheese and White Wine from Epicurious.com. It was a brilliant plan -- until I took a bite.
While the recipe was a snap to make and went together quickly, it was by no means worthy of the four forks (out of four forks) it has received on Epicurious.com. I wanted to love it -- especially since I was being so financially responsible and grown up and all -- but it just didn't wow me. If I were to tackle the recipe again, I would definitely use fresh basil instead of dried, and either substitute fresh tomatoes for the canned or let the canned tomatoes simmer a while to lose some of that tinny flavor.
Regardless of the less than impressive outcome, the dish was filling and did make me feel more adventurous than when I surrender to my singleness and pop a single-serving Amy's Spinach frozen pizza in the oven like I did last night. But not to worry -- I was practical about it and topped it off with some of my extra feta. Because, you know, it would have been extremely wasteful of me to not give my arteries some extra animal fat to play with.
Recipe for Orzo with Shrimp, Feta Cheese and White Wine can be found here.
Applications to become my boyfriend so I can cook beef short ribs and pork tenderloin and fancy things with saffron can be sent here.