So I recently decided I wanted to make an effort to cook more. I hate cooking and I'm not very good at it (though that's probably due to lack of practice since, ya know, I hate it and don't do it) but Jacob, who used to be the foodmaker of the house, is working much longer hours and that had been turning into me grabbing fast food every day when I came home from work, which was a bad idea for money and for health reasons.
I found an app called Eat This Much that helped me out at least a little bit -- it customizes a menu for me and even helps me order all my groceries via Instacart (my gosh, I love living in a city because I can do things like that). Tonight I attempted my first legitimate cooked meal in forever that wasn't microwaving or quickly oven warming frozen things. I chopped vegetables, folks.
And I realized I STILL REALLY HATE COOKING.
Like, a lot.
So I thought I'd walk you through the arduous process of making tonight's dinner (and lunch for tomorrow... and maybe dinner for tomorrow if I can't make myself cook again): deviled egg salad.
1. Get groceries. Think, "This is cool! It's like I'm an adult now!"
2. Start boiling eggs. Look up "how to boil eggs" just in case you're remembering it wrong. Turns out you're not. Great!
3. Since boiling eggs takes a million years, start cutting up your vegetables.
4. Realize you bought way too many vegetables because you forgot you were halvesing this recipe. Start thinking of all the ways you could use the rest of this bell pepper. Random bell pepper for breakfast? Bell pepper and yogurt? Bell pepper smoothie?
5. Finish chopping all the vegetables and the eggs still have 750,000 years left, so chop up more vegetables because, hey, celery sticks are a good snack. Now you have a bag of celery sticks!
6. Finish chopping up celery. 500,000 years left. Make your sauce... thing. Don't correctly read the instructions about half the time. When you do read them, forget that you're halvesing the recipe. By the time you've added the four liquid ingredients, you should have no earthly idea what proportion they're in.
7. Taste it. It will taste like FIRE. Add more mayo because it tastes the least like fire of anything else in there.
8. Be dubious of the quality and adequate amount of your spoonful of sauce.
9. Sit down and wait 200,000 more years.
10. EGGS WILL BE DONE. Transfer them between eighty bowls because for some reason you can't figure out where they should be.
11. Peel boiled eggs until your 45th birthday.
12. Mix everything together. The sauce will kind of cover everything. Realize you somehow used all the forks in making this one meal.
13. Put a bunch of it in Tupperware for tomorrow's lunch as a leap of faith before you actually taste it.
14. Taste it. Eh. It's OK. Everything would be better without Funky Sauce, but it doesn't taste like death or even that much fire, so it'll be all right for now. Eat it begrudgingly.