Remember 1999, when the Millenium Bug threatened to blast mankind back into the Stone Ages? Me neither, but apparently, knowing how to cook over an open fire was of utmost priority in preparation for civilization's iminent demise. Yet, even the prospect of damnation couldn't budge Her Royal Hoboness into taking that one-way ride into Culinary City.
Boiling water for instant ramen pretty much constitutes my whole idea of cooking but with my finances currently in shambles, eating out is indefinitely out at the moment and heaven forbid a diet of Nissin's and crackers! :O Time to summon my inner kitchen goddess.
Step 1: Take time to survey available artillery.
Save for some spaghetti, mør, cheese & dried parsley, there's nothing in the cabinets aside from packets and packets of sauces and spices. I would invoke Recipe Matcher's omniscient guidance but the program would probably just tell me to quickly take a bite of cheese and sausage for energy, and then make my way to the grocery store to re-stock the pantry.
Step 2: Allow this minor setback to fuel Her Royal Hoboness' creativity.
What can I say? I'm just awesome like that. I found some olive oil, roasted garlic granules and some crushed chili flakes in the hodgepodge of spices and a light bulb just switched on in my head: Aglio Olio pasta, of course!
Step 3: Start Cooking.
I have no prior experience preparing aglio olio but I've eaten enough plates of it to know that it can't be that hard. My expertise ends at cooking pasta al dente but I've never been afraid of a little experimenting in the kitchen, so here goes:
Heat a bit of olive oil in a shallow pan, flavor with roasted garlic granules and crushed chili flakes then add cooked pasta, a generous amount of dried parsley, a little bit of salt, some grated cheese and voila! A tasty meal that takes less than 10 minutes to prep.
For added flavor, Her Royal
Hoboness Kitchen Goddess had another great idea. A few slices of mør, coarsely chopped then fried until the pieces are crisp, stirred into the pasta add a Scandinavian twist that's absolutely delish!
Step 4: Admire Your Handiwork.
A closer look:
Now Hobo-dom need not survive on instant ramen alone.