Cooking With Stanley was a hell of a meal to cook this week. This was one of the most labor intensive meals I've cooked by him in a while. There was a ton of chopping involved and each dish had several steps that took forever. Besides not having enough man power, I didn't have enough kitchen power. I had to rewash some pots and pans several times just to use them for something different than the last time. Needless to say, it's kind of hard to enjoy meals when you're so exhausted from them. After I was done with this dinner, I didn't want to cook for a week.
The Eggplant Antipasto was good. Everything was cut so small though and smothered in sauce. It would have been better on bread or toasted bread acting as a bruschetta of sorts. It was quite tasty though. This dish, this meal actually, uses everything but the kitchen sink. There are all kinds of veggies making it a really nutritious dinner but rather arduous to prepare.
The Chicken Cacciatore was delicious. I have to be honest though, I skipped several steps. It was the easiest dish out of the three surprisingly but it still had a few steps that took too long. So I shortened the simmering times and cut one step out that felt unnecessary. The reason I was able to do this was because instead of using a whole chicken cut up, I bought boneless chicken thighs. Not only was it more cost effective, it reduced the cooking time because chicken thighs, especially off the bone, cook relatively quick.
The Vegetarian Timpano was a nightmare. First of all, one of the qualms I have with this book is there are very few pictures. I'm not saying you need to photograph everything, even though it would be nice, but things that are not so cut and dry like this piece of work should at least have a photo of the end product. There are far more steps in this recipe than I had patience for and had I not googled a photo of this, I would have been completely lost. This requires a round pan with a bottom that drops out so that the sides can be exposed when serving but we do not have one. So instead, I popped this baby in a casserole dish and let everyone have at it. It was delicious but I'd be lying if I said I'll be making this again anytime soon. I'd much rather just make the pasta and veggie filling.
What about you? Have you ever made any dishes like these? Are you a fan or would you just prefer to eat them and avoid the cooking process?