Test Recipe 1. I preheated the oven, set out my stuff and put on my apron (that's when you know I'm serious - or messy - could go either way). I sprayed my muffin tin, and put the spray oil away. I pressed my tortillas into the muffin tin cups, then set about cooking the chorizo (recipe here). While the chorizo cooked, I started up my rice cooker for Recipe #2 - I added 1 cup sushi rice and 1 cup sprouted bean mix, added the water, closed the lid (it won't work unless I close the lid - I did find that out, lol), and pressed the button (yay for easy!).
Chorizo cooked, I strained it then set aside what I needed for this recipe (I made 2 with chorizo today). I immediately washed and dried my pan & spatula, then put them away. I added the stuff to the muffin cups, sprinkled on some cilantro then slipped the pan into the oven and set the timer. Timers are a wonderful invention - and when I remember to use them they magically prevent kitchen fires. Just saying.
While the muffin tin baked, I washed down my counter, cleaned and dried my utensils, then I started laying out what I needed for Recipe 2. Out came the cooking oil, I sprayed the baking dish, then put the oil away again. The rice cooker completed its cycle, so I scooped out the rice/beans and spread them into the baking dish. I worked the layers, spreading as I went until the dish was full and the timer went off for my muffin tin (see? no kitchen fire today!).
I cored and peeled my apples, discarded the stuff, then rinsed my counter and cutting board. I diced the apples, then rinsed, dried and put away my knife. I got out a big pot, added what I needed, tossed in the apples, then rinsed, dried and put away my cutting board.
Are you seeing a pattern?
Yes, I really am that incredibly anal retentive in the kitchen. Every item that gets used, immediately gets cleaned and put away. Why? Because if I don't do that I end up with an incredibly messy kitchen and no desire to tackle it - which then leads to me not wanting to be in my kitchen - or cook - because of the resulting mess and cleanup. However... if I clean as I go, when I'm done, I'm really done and the kitchen is clean. It makes the whole process much, much more enjoyable - though it does drive everyone in my house just a wee bit nuts. ;-) "Where'd my spoon go? I just used it?" Ummm... washed, dried and back in the drawer. LOL!
I have just pulled Recipe 3 out of the oven and it is cooling... thanks again to that awesome little kitchen timer ;-) And I can tell you that my house smells like heaven. I've got this whole apple-pie-yummy-goodness scent wafting through the rooms. Not gonna lie, it's making me salivate. Lol. If it tastes as good as it smells, then I'm 3 for 3 today - which is nothing short of a minor miracle!
|And yes, it tastes as good as it smells ;-) Miracle achieved!|
|Yeah, it's a really bad hair day. It's 118 outside and I've been cooking. Lol!|